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May 13, 2013

Ada to begin spring football practice with little starting experience

Ada —      Spring football will begin Monday (May 13-17), with the Ada Cougar Football Calendar Photo set for Tuesday at 2:45 p.m.

     The second week begins Monday, May 20, and concludes with an intrasquad scrimmage on Tuesday, May 21 (time TBA) based on the end-of-year testing schedule.

     "We will follow a defense/offense schedule alternating days, beginning with defense on Monday," head coach Matt Weber said.

     Perhaps a 'Positions Available' sign would be in order. Of 22 starting positions, only four are filled as graduation decimated the ranks. Seniors-to-be Eli Flinn and Camron Large are the only offensive starters at center and guard respectively. On defense, senior-to-be noseguard Jacob Reed and junior-to-be strong safety Tryce Prince.

     Ditto for the coaching staff. Though some remain behind and will be on hand for various coaching assignments during spring ball, Weber might be pressed to come up with enough coaches in the spring.

     "Joe Weber is retiring, Greg (Mitchell) is in the oilfield, and (Darin) Kapella is the head coach at Westville," Matt Weber said. "Wade Boyles will be coming up from the JH, but I am not sure that his teaching position will change. He will step into Kapella's role as defensive backs coach. We have not hired anyone else to this point but are in conversation with some coaches. None will be official until the June board meeting."

     AHS principal Charlie Golightly has been a member of the coaching staff the last two seasons. He will remain in the double-duty role again.

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