Moments after an incredible run that appeared to swing all of the momentum to the Douglass sideline, Ada senior Dakota Blackwell turned everything back around.
One play after Douglass running back Chris High broke multiple tackles on an 80-yard run that put the Trojans in striking distance for a go-ahead touchdown in the final minute, Blackwell came up with a goal-line interception that ultimately sealed Ada's 26-21 victory Friday night at Moses F. Miller Stadium.
The win also finished off the Cougars' 10-0 season and first district championship since 2005.
“He's a kid who has hung around the program and hasn't played a whole lot until this year,” Ada coach Matt Weber said of the 5-foot-9, 155-pound Blackwell. “He has worked his tail off to be a good football player, and we're confident having him out there. He made a big play when we needed it.”
The Cougars took control of the game with a pair of third-quarter touchdown drives to go up 26-14, the last score a 50-yard hookup between quarterback Wyatt Robson and receiver Easton Pingleton.
“Momentum definitely picked up and we could feel it, big-time,” Pingleton said. “It was just back-and-forth and you were just up and down the scale. This is the biggest game I've played in in my life.”
Robson threw for 306 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for another. Running back Mason Girdley added a TD and 49 hard-earned yards on the ground.
“It was tough out there,” Girdley said. “They're a good football team. We knew it was gonna be a four-quarter football game and that's what we practiced for all week. Luckily, we came out on top.”
High finished with 244 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries for Douglass, but the Ada defense made enough stops to hold on.
“We knew they were gonna be fighting tough for the district title,” Ada receiver John Stout said. “I'm proud of our guys. We really fought tough in the end, especially in the second half. We're really happy to get the win.”