ADAIR, OK —
Adair has reeled off nine straight wins and will look for No. 10 — and a berth in the state semifinals — when it travels down Interstate 35 to take on Davis Friday.
The Wolves came into Gene Winfield Stadium last year and left with a thrilling 34-33 victory, stopping a two-point conversion with 25 seconds to play to move on to the 2A state semis. Adair senior Brady Bradbury racked up 487 total yards in the loss.
Bradbury's younger brother BJ is now running the Warrior offense, but Mark Lippe is still the Adair head coach. I chatted with Lippe Tuesday about the upcoming game.
Chuck Porter: What's the word of the week for this week?
Mark Lippe: This week it's 'competitive greatness.' If you study John Wooden's Pyramid of Success, competitive greatness is really what you're aspiring to. Be at your best when your best is needed, and to enjoy a difficult challenge. To me that really sums up this week. When you get to the quarterfinals, you're in the top eight. You can compare it to the state basketball tournament, you can compare it to the state baseball tournament. You've really put yourself in a position to ... play for a gold ball, if things go your way. Here is where your absolute best is needed. You're going to face difficult challenges, but you should enjoy that, because that's what this game is about. To put yourself in these kinds of football games. Really, that's what we're focused on. We're preparing to play our best football of the season.
CP: You've got Davis coming up. Obviously you're familiar with each other a little from last year, but these are two different teams than last year. Does that work to your advantage at all?
ML: There is some familiarity, because we've played them before, but they are running a whole different defense than they were the year before. And, they've added quite a few wrinkles. They've had a big personnel change. They graduated 17 seniors, but at a program like Davis, those young kids are just expected to step up and carry on that tradition.
CP: What's the team's plan for Thanksgiving?
ML: I'll let the kids sleep in a little (on Wednesday). There's still work to be done. On Thursday we'll practice at eight in the morning. I hope that becomes a tradition. A yearly thing for us.
Adair and Davis are scheduled for a a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday in Davis. The winner will play the Hennessey-Vian winner at a neutral site Dec. 6.