The first meeting ever came in 1927, 15 years after Ada football started with a single game in 1912. It was only the second year after the team adopted the Cougar as mascot in 1926.
The series lapsed for over a half century before being resumed in 1984, when the schools were paired in district play. After a couple of competitive losses in ‘84, 7-0, and ‘85, 15-13, the roof caved in on the Savages. During the Ada run from 1988-93, Tecumseh’s six losses were by a combined 40.2-4.5 (forty-point-two to four-point-five) with no more than a TD touched by Tecumseh in any game.
After a nine-year hiatus, however, the Savages returned in 2002 and had gotten a bit uppity, splitting four meetings.
How cold was it?
A review of the series would not be complete without a mention that Tecumseh’s home field also has a claim to fame in the series: the coldest meeting ever for Ada.
It has to be the ninth game of the regular season at Tecumseh. Temps dipped to 20.2 degrees that night, Nov. 8, 1991, and not more than a few degrees warmer at game time.
Lead by Larry Bush, Greg Dean and Steve Malone, one of the top Cougar contingents ever took the field that night and immediately rolled up 516 yards rushing and 44 points to Tecumseh’s zip.
A recoup of comments:
As former Ada Evening News sports editor Mike Wingo recalled: “… The hosts might have preferred this game be canceled due to weather because they were met by a full-force storm in the form of the Cougars’ ground game.”
As former AHS band director extraordinaire Bronson Warren recalled: “Trumpets were freezing up. The single source of heat, the lights, were shut down at halftime when the Tecumseh band did a ‘lights out’ fire-twirling demonstration by the majorettes.”
As Mick "Voice of the Cougars" Cowan recalled: “Because of the performance, it was pitch black in the press box and the radio team of Cowan and Dean Painter could not see the stats to do the halftime rundown. Luckily, Painter was able to ‘Light Up’ as the AHS band’s famed number of the day was called and his cigarette lighter illuminated as well as offering at least imagined warmth.”