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Cougars Expect To "Rise Up"!
08/30/19 - “Rise up, gather ‘round. Rock this place to the ground.” — “Rock of Ages,” Def Leppard, 1983. As an ‘80s music fan, I can’t help but turn to that golden oldie (are ‘80s songs already “oldies”?) when I hear the theme of the 2019 Ada News Football Special — Rise Up. 

The Ada High football team has some rising up to do this season. Last year, the Cougars had lots of twists and turns, and the end result was a 5-6 season. Ada hopes to rise up this fall. “It’s the expectation. We didn’t finish last year the way we wanted to. But every year is a brand-new year,” said Ada head coach Chris Berus. 

Of course, the expectation at Ada High School every year is to be playing in Week 14. But to rise up means so much more to Berus and company. “We want to rise up daily and meet our expectations. We want to rise up daily and meet the standard.

That’s what that means,” Berus said. “It’s not so much an endpoint at the end of the season. It’s daily rising up and meeting the standard that has been set before them and also the standard they’ve set for themselves,” he continued. Class 5A is full of terrors. There’s three-time defending state champ Carl Albert at the top of everyone’s list. The Titans are the favorite until someone proves them wrong. Private school powers Bishop McGuinness and Bishop Kelley will both be strong again this season. And you can never, ever count out old rival Ardmore, who invades Norris Field Sept. 6. 

And then there are the teams that join Ada in District 5A-3. Kelly is there. Tulsa Edison returns with one of the best running backs in the state in Sevion Morrison. And even the old archrival McAlester Buffaloes appear on the rise with new head coach Forrest Mazey, a former Coalgate High School star. Even non-district foe Duncan, who Ada plays on the road in Week 3, is expected to be in the hunt in tough District 5A-1 race. Like Berus said, if the Cougars are going to wade through all these Class 5A minefields, they’re going to have to rise up one day and one game at a time. 

Rock on, Cougars. 
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