|09/25/18 - |
COWETA — The highly anticipated showdown between Ada and district contender Coweta lived up to its billing for a quarter. The Cougars scored on the first play of the second period to grab a 7-6 lead.
However, the host Tigers scored 30 unanswered points to end the game and claw past the Cougars 36-7.
Both teams are now 1-3 after Week 4.
After Ada had grabbed a 7-6 lead on the first play of the second quarter, it was all Tigers from there. Coweta piled up 357 total yards and limited the Cougars to just 99, thanks in part to a bevy of quarterback sacks. Ada QB Zac Carroll was stopped behind the line of scrimmage nine times in the game.
The Cougars had two turnovers and were flagged just six times for 51 yards. But most of Ada’s mistakes seemed to come at the worst of times, and the talented Coweta club took advantage.
“They’re good. There’s no doubt about it,” said Ada head coach Chris Berus after the game. “It’s the same story for us. We just have to execute better. And it still falls back on me. “
Berus said he still believes the Cougars can compete with the best in District 5A-3.
“There are times when nine out of 11 guys on the field are pretty good. We just have to be good 11 out of 11,” he said. “We’re not in a position right now where we can have a bust and someone overcome that bust. We have to get more disciplined at what we’re doing. It comes down to a lot of self-inflicted wounds and discipline and again that falls back on me.”
Coweta pinned Ada deep early thanks to a 60-yard kick and roll punt by Bransyn Stevens.
The Cougars started their first drive at the CHS 9 and couldn’t get out fo the hole. The Tigers got the ball at midfield.
Coweta used a balanced attack to get close before 5-7 running back Wesley Spohn knifed through the Ada defense for a 5-yard TD run. After Stevens missed the PAT, Coweta led 6-0 at the 5:12 mark of the first quarter.
A 45-yard kickoff return by Kobe Burgess — he even dropped the ball, but recovered nicely and sped up the sideline — set Ada up at the Coweta 44-yard line.
Ada got near the red zone with a 6-yard run by Walt LaBove, a 4-yard catch by Jake Shannon and a 7-yard scamper by Kohner Gallagher.
On the first play of the second quarter, Carroll found Burgess in the back of the end zone with a 28-yard touchdown pass. Tovan Thomsen’s PAT kick gave the Cougars a 7-6 lead at the 11:53 mark.
Coweta quarterback J.D. Geneva and receiver Thomas Ivy then all of a sudden got in sync. Ivy hauled in passes of 17 and 29 yards, then, after a two-yard loss on a running play, reeled in a 28-yard TD catch down the near sideline to erase Ada’s short-lived lead. After Stevens made his first PAT kick, Coweta led 13-7 at the 10:26 mark of the second period.
Coweta put together a 10-play drive just before halftime that included a couple of 12-yard receptions by Cash Singleton. A roughing-the-pass play — Ada fans didn’t like the call — kept the drive alive and a 20-yard reception by Ivy two plays later helped set up a 21-yard Stevens field goal as time expired to put Coweta on top 16-7 at the break.
Ada finished the first half with just two first downs at halftime and eight total for the game.
The Cougars got the ball first in the third quarter but Coweta took it away with a fumble recovery by Isaac Smith at the Ada 42. A 20-yard catch and run by the speedy Spohn got Coweta close and Jear’Vahn Chatman bulled into the end zone from the 4, putting the home team ahead 22-7 at the 9:19 mark of the third period.
Ivy then struck again late in the quarter. He caught a short pass and zig-zagged his way through the Ada defense for a 76-yard gain. He broke at least four Ada tackle attempts along the way. He was finally dragged down at the 4-yard line, but Spohn scored on the next play to push the Coweta advantage to 29-7 at the 3:03 mark.
Ivy would end up with five catches for 178 yards.
Ada looked like it was moving in for a score on its next possession. A 25-yard catch and run by running back Matt Maloy and a 16-yard scramble by Carroll got the Cougars to the CHS 21.
But disaster struck again on the next play when a Coweta defender knocked the ball out of an Ada ball carrier’s hand and it started bouncing the other way. Jesse McDermott finally recovered the fumble for what resulted in a 37-yard Ada loss at the 42-yard line.
Jaxson Stidham used a 40-yard reception to set up Coweta’s final score of the game — a 1-yard TD run by Chatman — with 10:45 to play.
Late in the fourth quarter, Gallagher kept the score from being worse when he ripped the ball out of Geneva’s hands and returned it 35 yards to the Ada 23. But a sack by the Tigers’ Caleb Phillips that resulted in a 15-yard loss kept the Cougars off the scoreboard.
Geneva completed 13-of-21 passes for 313 yards to led the CHS offense. Spohn had 18 carries for 71 yards.
Carroll completed 6-of-12 passes for 60 yards for Ada, while LaBove carried six times for 23 yards to lead the Cougar ground game.
Despite the lopsided loss, Berus had a positive message for his squad during the postgame team meeting.
Defensive leaders for Ada included Matt Maloy with 13 tackles, Gilliam with eight stops and Gallagher with six tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss to go with his fumble recovery. “I told them I believe in them and I think they believe in each other. I just let them understand that my love for them is irrelevant to their performance,” he said.
It’s Homecoming night at Norris Field when the rival McAlester Buffaloes visit. The two gridiron foes haven’t met since 2011. The Buffaloes have won each of the six most recent meetings between the two teams.