ADA, OK --- The words "state championship" and "Ada Cougars" go hand-in-hand. The Cougars have 19 state football championships, the most in Oklahoma. But they haven't brought home a gold ball since 1996 and they're ready to change that.
"To win a state championship you have to be the hardest working team and that's what we've really set out to do. We haven't had a week off this whole summer, since spring. Because when it comes down to it you just gotta be the team that works the hardest, the team that puts the most effort it." Ada senior wide receiver/safety Tyrce Prince said.
With 18 returning starters and 33 seniors; 14 could be the year of the Cougar.
"Our strength of our team, usually it depends on your seniors and how good they are. We're good from top to bottom. We don't have anybody fighting on the team, we get along good, we work hard together. It's not about one guy's stats, it's about the team and how we're going to do overall," Ada senior wide receiver/cornerback Osahwv Frazier said.
"We just feel very confident.. It's just the amount of work that we've put in. We've invested a lot into this year. We just really hope that we can get it done in the end," Prince added.
A big part of the Cougars future success depends on their offense, which luckily for them, will be one of their biggeststrengthss this season.
"We've got a quarterback that can pass it, we've got running backs that can run the ball so I believe we're going to have a very good balance. We've got wide receivers that are going to be able to catch the ball. So we're looking for good balance in the offense, where we can do a lot of things, mix things up and just take it week by week," Prince said.
The Cougars kick of their season with Battle of the Cats against Ardmore on September 5, 2014.