It has been well-known over the last several years that the Guthrie Football defense is one of the most physical defenses in the state and is always near the top of defensive stats and numbers. That same defense will be challenged by the Ada Cougars, Friday night, on Norris Field in another key district match-up.
Guthrie (3-1) and Ada (2-2) will both enter the game with 1-0 district records. The Jays are coming off a 41-7 home win over Deer Creek while Ada went on the road and shut-out Southeast 41-0 last week.
The Guthrie football program has been on the top shelf in Oklahoma high school football since 2002 with two state championships, but Ada has the program that has won more state championships than any other program with 19. To go with those titles, Ada has elite facilities, including an in-door facility for their outdoor programs.
The Cougars hold the 11-man record with 42 consecutive wins from 1993 to 1996. In the process, the Cougars won four straight state championships with three of those coming in Class 3A and the last title in Class 5A.
The 2010 Cougars offense averages over 260 yards rushing the football, and still yet average over 100 yards passing the ball. However, Guthrie’s defense ranks as the best in 5A against the run. Not only the best, but a dominating best. The defense allows 73-yards rushing per game with Bishop Kelley coming in at second against the run by holding opponents to 132-yards.
The Ada ground game is controlled by junior running back Nathan Blakely (6’3, 191) and sophomore quarterback Wyatt Robson (6’1, 175). The Coug’s like to use motion and eventually play action to set up their offense. Blakely and Robson have combined for 10 rushing touchdowns. Blakely has 65-carries for 410 yards as full back and former quarterback Chase Bowker (6’0, 184) provides the lead block.
Robson, who is a top-notch golfer, has completed 23-of-38 passes for 415 yards. The top receivers for Ada are seniors Nick Anderson (6’3, 185) and Skylar Alexander (5’10, 157).
The Ada play-makers are complimented by their offensive line. Although, they average 238 pounds across the way, the linemen are quick off the ball and with a mixture of the Jays past opponents will be a stiff challenge for the Jays front seven. In addition, Randy Armstrong (6’4, 226), Ada’s tight-end, compliments the run game.
Ada enters Friday’s game on a 2-game winning streak with wins over U.S. Grant and Southeast. The Coug’s dropped their first two games of the season to familiar opponents.
Ardmore, who Ada plays every year to begin the season, down Ada 28-7 and dropped their home opener to McAlester 21-20. Ada had McAlester down 20-7 with 4:00 left in the game, but the Buffalo’s rallied in the end to remain the only undefeated team in Class 5A.
Third year head coach Matt Weber and the Cougars are coming off a 7-4 season. On Weber’s sideline is his dad and Oklahoma coaching legend Joe Weber. Joe Weber, won two state championships, at Davis High School, with a record of 136-31.