|Cougars Conclude Spring Ball|
|06/05/18 - |
The Ada High football team wrapped up spring football workouts this week, and head coach Chris Berus said he saw improvement every step of the way through the five practice sessions.
“We’ve progressed every day of the five days. We’re a lot better today than we were yesterday, and we’re a lot, lot better than we were on Day 1,” Berus said. “I’m very pleased that our kids learned a lot of football during these five days.”
During the last 15 minutes of the final workout Thursday afternoon at Norris Field, the Cougars ran a “two-minute” offense with several running backs rotating in and out and quarterbacks Jake Shannon and Zac Carroll taking most of the snaps.
That stretch included several nice first-down plays and a number of good defensive stops.
Berus said he’ll have to watch film from the spring drills to get a fair evaluation of the X’s and O’s of the workouts, but he has liked what he’s seen from his first look at the 2018 Cougars so far.
“As far as our want-to and our excitement about being here together, that’s exactly where it needs to be,” he said.
|McFarlane Named All State Quarterback|
|01/28/18 - |
Ada High senior Jackson McFarlane will be one of three quarterbacks on the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State East football team.
The OCA announced the 2018 All-State football teams along with its All-Stars By Class earlier this week. The All-State football game will cap off the annual OCA Coaches’ Clinic and All-State week this summer in Tulsa. The football game is scheduled for July 27 at a site in the Tulsa area still to be determined.
McFarlane is one of three quarterbacks on the East All-State team, joining Cayden Aldridge of Tahlequah; Jacob Medrano of Muskogee.
The Ada standout put up video game-like numbers on the way to guiding the Cougars to a runner-up finish in Class 4A.
“When you look at an All-State award, it’s a team award. You have to have success as a team to have an opportunity to get honored like that,” said Ada head coach Chris Berus.
|Cougars Take In 4A Honors|
|12/17/17 - |
It was all-district domination by the Ada Cougar football team.
Led by Player of the Year Jackson McFarlane and Coach of the Year Chris Berus, there were a total of 12 Ada representatives on the All-District 4A-2 team released earlier this week.
Berus returned to Ada to lead the football program after a decade’s absence and molded the Cougars into a state championship contender in less than a year. He led them to key district upset wins over Bethany and Blanchard.
McFarlane, Ada’s senior quarterback, put up gaudy numbers on his way to helping lead the Cougars to a runner-up finish in Class 4A.
McFarlane completed 161-of-280 passes for 2,121 yards with 21 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. He also rushed for 1,091 yards and 15 touchdowns, despite absorbing a high number of sacks throughout the season.
“This is definitely a team award. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” McFarlane said on Twitter.
|12/06/17 - |
Following is a list of the 2017 Ada High football team’s accomplishments provided by Mick “Voice of the Cougars” Cowan. Cowan has been broadcasting Ada High football games for over three decades.
• Won 10 games to extend the all-time Cougar mark to 802 wins — No. 1 in Oklahoma.
• Won game No. 800 with a 42-19 win over Elgin. There are only 23 teams with 800 wins out of 15,000-plus teams in the United States. Ada is in the top 99.85 precent of all US teams in wins.
• Won district title No. 45 in Ada history, also tops in Oklahoma.
• Qualified for the state playoffs for the 58th time and that is a state record.
• Won three more playoff games, giving Ada 106 postseason victories, also a state record.
• Played in the state finals for the 23rd time. Of course, the 19 state titles is also a state record.
|Cougars Come Close But Can't Get 20th Title|
|12/05/17 - |
One could make the case that the Ada High football team was about 13 yards away from victory against No. 3 and unbeaten and perennial powerhouse Heritage Hall during Friday’s Class 4A State championship game at Bill Jensen Field in Choctaw.
But those yards never game. None of them.
The Chargers defense pitched a shutout and did just enough offensively to defeat the Cougars 14-0 to win the state title. It was the third state championship in the past four years for the private school juggernaut. Heritage Hall finished unbeaten at 14-0 and are now 54-2 in the last four seasons.
Meanwhile, Ada had won 10 of its last 11 games entering the championship game and ends a successful 2017 campaign at 10-4, despite missing out on the school’s elusive 20th state title.
“We had a phenomenal year. Our kids did what they do. They compete. We fought to the very end. We ran up against a very, very good football team,” said Ada head coach Chris Berus, in his first season as the head coach of the Cougars.
“We were fortunate enough to play in the very last football game of the year. Thirty other teams would have loved to have done that. I’m very proud of our team,” he continued.
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