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Berus Pleased With Scrimmage
08/20/18 -

MIDWEST CITY — The Ada High football team held its own against two-time defending 5A state champion Carl Albert and Class 6A school Deer Creek in their first preseason scrimmage of the season Thursday night in Midwest City.

Berus said it was good to see his squad stand toe to toe at times with teams of that magnitude.

“We competed well. We got better as the scrimmage went on. We got more comfortable within our assignments. And our effort got better,” Berus said. Deer Creek and Carl Albert are both quality programs and are well-coached and have some really good kids to compete against.”

The scrimmage consisted of just rapid-fire plays, with two offenses rotating plays against a defense.

“We didn’t lack in the effort category and didn’t lack in the competition category, so I was pleased at the conclusion of our first scrimmage,” Berus said. “Everyone that we’re going to play this year are going to be good programs. Just to know that we can compete against quality opponents from the very beginning is encouraging.”

On the flip side, the Ada High coaching staff found plenty of things for the Cougars to work on after examining the film from the scrimmage. The Cougars will have a week to iron out some of the kinks before welcoming Piedmont and Millwood to Norris Field for a second scrimmage Thursday night.

Freshmen will take the field at 6 p.m. to kick things off, with the varsity portion of the scrimmage starting at approximately 7 p.m.

“We made a lot of mistakes, which you’re going to when you have so many new pieces that are trying to figure out how they fit together,” Berus said.

“We’ve got to shore up all the mistakes we made,” he continued. “Film or video is the greatest teaching tool there is. We started that process (Friday) with our players. They’ll see where we need to get better technically and with execution. When your heart and your attitude is in the right place, those things have a tendency to fix themselves with the coaching they are going to get. It was a very good start.”

Some players who caught the coach’s eyes during Thursday’s scrimmage against the Titans and the Antlers included:

• Junior lineman Blaine Wright:

“He had an injury-filled sophomore year. He showed glimpses of what he could do but never really had an opportunity to display it,” Berus said. “He did some good things.”

• Sophomore defensive back Jarron Christian:

“He had a good pass break-up and a pick last night. That was very encouraging — him breaking on the ball and putting himself in position to intercept the ball,” Berus said.

• Junior inside linebacker Braden Maloy:

“He’s shown himself to be hard-nosed, and he’ll get downhill really quick,” Berus said.

• Junior running back Esaie Beam:

“Esaie Beam carried the ball a couple of times and had some positive yards,” Berus said.

Then there were two

The Ada quarterback competition has been narrowed down to senior Tanner Gilliam and sophomore Zac Carroll. Walt Labove has moved to running back on offense.

“Walt is no longer in the mix at quarterback. He took some reps last night at running back,” Berus said. “He was very explosive last night. With not having the reps at that position this fall, he did some good things there.” 

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