Durant, Ada square off in rivalry game
(KTEN) - Durant vs. Ada is a rivalry no fan in southern Oklahoma wants to miss. This will be the first home game of the year for the Cougars, who sit 1-1 on the season.
Confidence is high around the Ada program after going on the road and beating Ardmore in week one. Although the Cougars fell 34-0 to McAlester in their second game, they know how valuable it was to face a bigger school, and one of the best in the state as well.
Ada finishes off its non-district slate with the Lions, giving them three 5A opponents before district play.
"It gives us an opportunity to see where we're at," said Ada head coach Brad O'Steen. "It was very good for us. If you beat somebody by 50 and you don't play well, winning camouflages all those mistakes. When you play great people like that, it really exposes your weaknesses and that's what its about."
Durant comes into this game struggling a bit. The Lions lost both of their first two games by the same score, 30-6, at the hands of Broken Bow and Rogers. Although the results have not shown up on the scoreboard, Durant head coach Todd Vargas says his team has improved, they just need to clean things up, especially on offense.
"Offensively, we've got to be sharper," said Vargas. "We're going to get there, just sometimes we are our worst enemy."
"Getting behind the sticks is the biggest thing," said Durant junior quarterback Jaylon Saxon. "If we stay in front of the sticks and keep moving the ball, our offense works great."
Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at East Central University's Norris Field.