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Cougar Preview For Fans
08/14/18 -

That describes the 2018 Cougar Preview — the Ada High football team’s annual Maroon and White scrimmage, held Saturday evening before a good crowd at Norris Field.

Ada’s varsity players saw just a few series, but it was enough for coaches to get a chance to see what the Cougars could do in a game-like setting.

“We have a lot of plays to evaluate from, which is really, really good,” said Ada head coach Chris Berus. “Because we’re so inexperienced in a lot of places, the only way you’re really going to evaluate is running against live bullets. There was a lot of good competition out there.”

Berus said he liked a lot of what he saw, especially for it to be so early in fall camp.

“With it only being the second day in pads, I can’t be any more pleased with what we did. We just have a lot to learn. We’re making a lot of busts right now, which is somewhat natural with the early stage of a new offense,” he said.

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Fall Camp Opens For Cougars
08/08/18 -

The Ada Cougars held their first practice of the fall Monday night at Norris Field, signifying the official beginning of their 2018 football season.

Ada head coach Chris Berus said his staff and players couldn’t be more thrilled to get started.

“We’re excited about the fall season and fall camp, which comes at the end of what could be deemed a long summer. We had 30 workouts through the course of the summer,” he said.

“These guys are ready to start playing some football. They love to train. They love to get bigger, faster and stronger, but the purpose of all that investment is to go play the game of football,” Berus continued. “We’re excited about the beginning. We have a lot of work to do to get prepared for Week 1 opponent Ardmore on Aug. 31.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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