Ada Football Feature – Presented by First United Bank of Ada

Ada Cougars 

Coach: CHRIS BERUS

Schedule:
9-6 – vs. Ardmore

9-13 – vs. Noble

9-19 – at Duncan

9-27 – vs. Coweta

10-4 – at McAlester

10-11 – at Glenpool

10-17 – vs. Durant

10-26 – at Bishop Kelley

11-1 – at Tulsa Hale

11-8 – vs. Tulsa Edison

Quick Hits:

Long time rivals Ada and McAlester met for the first time since 2011. The Cougars ended a six-game Buffaloes winning streak in the series with a 38-13 victory. That is the longest winning streak for McAlester against the Cougars dating back to WWII. 

Linebacker Matt Maloy spearheaded a 28-0 shutout of Glenpool with ten total tackles, four of those for losses and one fumble recovery. 

Ada and Duncan met for only the second time since the 1991 Class 5A state championship game. Duncan won for the second time in a row 17-3 and has taken five of the last six. 

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 5-6

2017 – 10-4

2016 – 5-6

2015 – 6-4

2014 – 8-3 

2013 – 7-4

OFFENSE

There’s a healthy vibe of confidence building in the Cougars’ camp as the 2019 season approaches seeking more than just challenging for Class 5A state title. The pieces are coming together for coach Chris Berus’ offensive unit that will showcase an option-style attack as four starters, along with a group of game-experienced players, carrying out assignments. Tyler Peters (5-11, 210, Sr.) who totaled 1,215 yards last season and 15 touchdowns at Wynnewood, joins the Ada backfield along with last year’s teammate Bo Odom (6-0, 185, Sr.). The pair of newcomers to the Ada program will share carries with Kohner Gallagher (5-11, 205, Jr.), Matt Maloy (6-0, 205, Sr.) and Maximus Rhynes (6-0, 185, Jr.) to keep the chains moving. The offseason competition at quarterback has produced two options for Berus, revolving around the play of Manny LaValley (6-0, 170, Sr.) and Zac Carroll (5-10, 170, Jr.). When the Cougars put the ball in the air, the skills of Jake Shannon (6-2, 185, Sr.) and Hayden Sparks (6-0, 205, Jr.) will be evident as possession-type receivers. The aggressive mindset of this year’s offense is spearheaded by the contributions in the front line, as Jaycob Gray (6-0, 240, Sr.), Blaine Wright (6-2, 255, Sr.) and Cole Todd (6-2, 315, Jr.) will be relied upon to win the battles in the trenches. “We’ve challenged our offense to be physical and play complimentary football, where everyone’s efforts result in our team’s victories,” Berus said. 

DEFENSE

The mindset of expectations for the Cougars’ defense remains strong with an aggressive, attacking style of play that sets the tempo for each game.  Among the six starters returning is VYPE Top 100 linebacker Matt Maloy, who plays with a blue-collar mentality and never-ending aggression. He’s joined by Braden Maloy (5-9, 190, Sr.), Maximus Rhynes and Tyler Peters in Ada’s 3-4 formation. Holding strong on the defensive front will be Kohner Gallagher, Cade Sliger (Jr.) and Jaycob Gray, as well as Jake Laxton (5-11, 180, Sr.) and Austin Eastwood (6-2, 190, Sr.). The play of VYPE Top 100 defensive back Bo Odom will be at the center of the attack after totaling 83 stops with six interceptions at Wynnewood in 2018, with reliable support from Hayden Sparks (6-0, 190, Jr.), Zac Carroll, Jarron Christian (5-10, 160, Jr.) and Jose Feezel (5-9, 165, Sr.). “The expectations for this year are high,” Berus said. “The confidence our players and coaches have in each other continues to raise the collective results for our team that can translate to the winning margin on Friday nights.”