Ada coach Matt Weber joked about the stress this season has had on him with the fourth-ranked Cougars coming from behind in four games for wins.
“I was already going bald,” he said while laughing. “I'm going balder and it's kind of a double-whammy with gray hair, too. We've had some really exciting games for fans, not so fun for coaches.”
The latest comeback came Friday when tight end Micah Simmer caught a touchdown pass from Corey Kilby in the final seconds to seal a 29-24 win against Harrah for the Cougars' second straight win in the final seconds.
After Harrah took the lead on a field foal with 1:48 remaining, Ada drove 80 yards for the victory that could send District 4A-2 into a frenzy.
Ada plays McLoud this week, while No. 3 Douglass and Harrah play each other. If Harrah beats the Trojans and Ada beats McLoud, the Cougars must beat Douglass in Week 10 to avoid a three-way tie.
If Douglass wins Friday, though, the Trojans and Cougars are guaranteed the top two spots in the district.
Perhaps that resiliency will show itself again after a 2012 campaign that saw little adversity before a semifinals loss to eventual state champion Clinton.
“I don't know that we ever played from behind last year,” Weber said. “Our kids are not ever giving up and hopefully it will pay off for us later down the road.”
BLANCHARD'S CLANTON OK
Blanchard senior Walker Clanton sustained a scary neck injury near the end of the Lions' 54-21 victory against Mount St. Mary on Friday and had to be taken to the hospital.
Clanton, a backup defensive end and special teams player, ran into a collision on a kickoff with 58 seconds remaining and suffered a sprained neck, Blanchard coach Jeff Craig said Saturday morning.