Editor’s Note: Ada Cougars statistician Mick ‘Voice of the Cougars’ Cowan put his accounting professor pen to paper and keys to computer to list the rewriting of the record book by the 2012 Cougars.
The most important things about playing football are the lessons learned and the bonds established with teammates as young men come together as a team to accomplish goals.
The 2012 Ada Cougars will go down in history as a great group of very unselfish young men who pulled together despite great adversity to put together a remarkable season.
Below are some of the accomplishments of this group of young men in terms of things that can be quantified. Much more important are the intangible qualities that they demonstrated.
The most important records obviously are those set by the team, although no individual records are the result of the individual who sets them. No one breaks records by himself.
With that said, here is a list of these young men’s accomplishments in 2012:
• The points scored of 582 fell just 1 point short of the record scored by the 1994 Cougars. The average points scored of 44.7 also ranks second behind the 45.2 average of the 1954 Cougars.
• The total offense of 5,547 ranks second to the 5,633 by the 1991 squad. However, the 1991 crew played 15 games and their average was 375.7 while the 2012 team averaged 430.5, ranking number one all-time.
• The 10-0 regular season matched the undefeated marks of the teams from 1951, 1954, 1957, 1970, 1994, 1995 and 1999.
• The 12 wins upped the all-time record for Ada to 766 wins with 307 losses and 24 ties.
• The 2012 team became the 53rd team of Ada Cougars to qualify for the playoffs.
• The district championship was number 44 for Ada.
• The two playoff wins gives Ada a state record total of 104.
• For the first time in the incredible history of Cougar football, the 2012 Cougars had three players who scored over 100 points: Easton Pingleton with 162; Mason Girdley with 128; and John Stout with 119.
• The 2012 Cougars set the Ada record for most passing yards, completions and TD passes with 2,834 yards, 180 completions and 36 TDs.
• Wyatt Robson established new records for: Passes completed in one year with 161 and in a career with 334.
• Wyatt Robson established new records for most TD passes in a season with 34 and in a career with 62.
• Wyatt Robson established new records for passing yards in a game with 344 versus Douglass, for passing yards in a season with 2,605 and in a career with 5,366 yards.
• Wyatt Robson produced the second highest total for total offense in a season with 2,605 passing yards and 410 rushing. The 3,015 is second only to Kerry Johnson’s total of 3,144. They are the only Cougars ever to reach the 3,000 yard mark.
• Wyatt Robson now ranks third in career total offense as he accumulated 6,059 yards, trailing only Kerry Johnson with 7,907 and Brian Odom with 6,808.
• Mason Girdley rushed for 1,517 yards, placing him 12th in one season rushing and his career total of 2,624 ranks number 8 in Ada history.
• Mason Girdley also had the 18th best season in scoring with 128 points.
• John Stout posted a new record for PATs in a season with 65, which broke his brother Adam’s total. The 119 points he scored also ranks as the 22nd best effort.
• Easton Pingleton set new records for yards receiving in a game with 206 versus Douglass, in a season with 1,430 and in a career with 2,478.
• Easton Pingleton also established records for TD passes caught in a season with 20 and in a career with 28.
• Easton Pingleton posted the number one mark in passes caught in a season with 86 and in a career with 147.
• Easton Pingleton tied the record for most TDs in a game with 6 versus Glenpool.
• Easton Pingleton now ranks number 8 in single season points scored with 162 and with 210 in his career ranks number 15.
While numbers are not the most important part of the game, one has to admit the above accomplishments are pretty amazing.