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Cougars Shut Out Glenpool 28-0
10/09/18 -

The Ada High offense had to overcome a case of first-half fumble-itis against Glenpool and got another stellar outing from the defense in a 28-0 shutout win over the Warriors Friday night at Norris Field.

Ada improved to 3-3 overall and 3-1 in District 5A-3, while Glenpool dropped to 1-5 and 1-2.

The Cougars were in Glenpool territory on both of its first two drives — during the second, they marched all the way down to the 18 — before coughing the ball up.

Late in the second quarter, Ada was again on the GHS side of the field before losing a third fumble.

“When you turn the ball over three times in the first half — ooh, that’s frustrating,” said Ada head coach Chris Berus. “But what can you say about our kids? They just bow their necks.”

After the first Glenpool fumble recovery, the Warriors drove all the way to the Ada 28 before the Cougars stopped the visitors on fourth down.

A big defensive play led to Ada’s first score of the contest.

Early in the second quarter, Ada junior linebacker Braden Maloy ripped the ball out of a Glenpool player’s hands for a fumble recovery that gave the hosts the ball at the GHS 21. It was the highlight of a huge night for Maloy, who finished with 10 tackles, including four for losses.

“Braden is throwing his body around really well on defense,” Berus said.

The Cougars used six straight rushing plays, including a huge four-yard gain by Kohner Gallagher on a fourth-and-1 carry, to get into the end zone. Quarterback Tyler Gilliam snuck in from the 1-yard line, but a bobbled snap disrupted the PAT try. Still, Ada led 6-0 at the 8:28 mark of the second period.

The Ada defense rose to the occasion again later in the quarter, when Clay Balthrop and Braden Moore teamed up to stop Glenpool quarterback Darren Rittwage on a fourth-and-2 play.

Gilliam then connected with Kobe Burgess with a 34-yard pass that set up a 2-yard TD run by Walt LaBove. A two-point run failed, and Ada led 12-0 at the half.

Glenpool had managed just four yards of total offense over the first two periods and finished with 85 total yards. The Warriors carried the ball 44 times for 77 yards and had a pass completion for eight yards.

Berus said defensive coordinator Mart Leming and his staff — assistants Duke Atterberry, Jimmy Dickey and Wade Boyles — have the AHS defensive unit performing well.

“They have those kids ready to go. I’m very fortunate to have those guys on staff,” Berus said.

Two big plays by Burgess led to Ada’s third touchdown of the game. He returned a punt 42 yards to the GHS 40 to set up the Cougars’ first possession of the third quarter. Two plays later, Gilliam and Burgess connected for a 35-yard yard touchdown, and Phillip Jones kicked the PAT to stretch the Ada lead to 19-0.

Tovan Thomsen missed a 38-yard field goal to end Ada’s next drive but nailed a field goal from 27 yards out on the next AHS series to push the Cougar advantage to 22-0 at the 11:20 mark of the fourth quarter.

Ethan Presgrove tacked on one more Ada score via a 3-yard touchdown run with 4:35 left, but another PAT try misfired, leaving the Cougars with a 28-0 victory.

Other Ada defensive leaders included Matt Maloy (10 tackles), Maximus Rhynes (six tackles), Teagin Rogers (five tackles, a PBU, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble) and Jaycob Gray (four tackles and a quarterback sack).

The Cougars piled up 310 yards of total offense — 175 on the ground and 135 through the air.

Gilliam led the rushing attack with 62 yards on 14 carries. LaBove had 10 carries for 52 yards, and Presgrove followed with 31 hard-earned yards.

Gilliam completed 7-of-9 passes for 135 yards. Burgess ended with four catches for 104 yards.

“Offensively, when we’re not turning the ball over, we’re moving the football,” Berus said. “And offensive-line-wise, we had great push tonight. We were getting four or five yards a pop.”

Berus said there are still plenty of mistakes to clean up as the Cougars enter the home stretch of the regular season.

“It’s some of the same misfortune we’re creating for ourselves. We’ve got to fix some things with the PAT game. It’s still not where it needs to be,” he said. “When you win by four scores and get a shutout and you’re still talking about all the things you can get better at, it’s not bad.”

Ada travels to rival Durant Friday night for a Week 7 matchup.

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