ADA, OK - "There is a lot of confidence walking into the season," said Ada head coach Chris Berus.
That is what a trip to the state title game will do for a program and as they enter Coach Berus' second season Ada appears ready to return to their previous post atop Oklahoma football.
"We are a lot more comfortable just being with the coaching staff and being with our guys from last year," said Ada senior quarterback Walt Labove.
"We are real comfortable, we have a lot of new guys coming in and we are teaching them how," said Ada senior quarterback Tanner Gilliam.
"We do not have to sell them as hard and get them to believe, but they also understand what it took to get there and that is the fun part," said Coach Berus.
"Coach Bre brings a lot of energy and just the whole team, we all get it going," said Labove.
"We are bringing most of that over from last year, we have a lot of hype from last year," said Gilliam.
This tight knit group learned plenty in 2017, but they believe the only difference in expectations this season is outside the Ada Cougars football program.
"We are a lot more confident coming into week one, but we have a lot more people outside confident in us," said Labove.
" We are here to build back Ada into what it used to be," said Gilliam.
"They have lived it, therefore they are the ones that are leading and not just the coaching staff. It is our goal as a coaching staff that after that vision is cast and those expectations are set that it is the team that creates that accountability," said Coach Berus.