Coming off a season in which Ada went unbeaten in District 4A-2, the Cougars were voted almost unanimously as the favorite to win the district once again.
But running the table will be even tougher this season.
Douglass will be strong again, and Glenpool should bounce back from a down year. Both McLoud and Mannford are expected to challenge for playoff spots as well, while Tecumseh and Harrah have shown in recent years that they can get into the mix, too.
Ada's strength will be in the trenches, where the bulk of their seven returning starters can be found.
Cameron Large, Eli Flinn and Jeromy Barker will anchor the offensive line, with Jacob Reed and Micah Simmer both returning at defensive end spots.
DOUGLASS O-LINE PLAYING KEY ROLE
Over the last five years, Douglass has been among the most productive rushing offenses in the state. But after graduating their top two running backs, the workload falls on an experienced offensive line to keep up that productivity.
The Trojans return quarterback Patrick McKaufman, now a 6-foot-5 sophomore, who will benefit from an offensive line that includes seniors Jordan Stevenson, Deangelo Woodward and Mildren Montgomery, a Texas Tech commit.
Douglass returns seven defensive starters and should be strong in the box.
District 4A-2 coaches' poll
1. Ada (12-1)
2. Douglass (7-4)
3. McLoud (6-5)
4. Glenpool (3-7)
5. Mannford (3-7)
6. Tecumseh (6-4)
7. Harrah (1-9)
8. Santa Fe South (1-9)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses