ADA, Okla. – The community of Ada and its high school football team are mourning the loss of a star player.
Eighteen-year-old Cody Johnson, a senior lineman, was killed in a motorcycle accident Wednesday night.
Counselors have been available for students almost non-stop since Wednesday night.
Wednesday night, Senior Cody Johnson was killed after crashing his motorcycle along Highway 3W, just outside of town.
Thursday troopers were back at the scene mapping the accident and trying to figure out what caused Cody to crash.
Troopers said it appears Cody did hit something, however, they do not know what he hit.
Ada Athletic Director Mike Anderson said, “Really, he probably would have been recognized as an All State and All District player.”
Cody’s been a three-year starter on the Ada Cougars Football Team.
“One of the things that makes them successful is they are a close-knit group,” Anderson said. “They care about each other, love each other and they aren’t afraid to admit it and that will carry them through.”
While the loss of this player is heartbreaking it is something this town has dealt with before.
Harrison said, “It’s a little bit of an eerie coincidence.”
Back on Nov. 18, 2004, Cody Bolin, a starting defensive lineman for the Cougars died in a car accident not far from where Cody Johnson crashed this week.
Anderson said that experience has, in some ways, helped guide them.
He said, “There’s no class for this. You don’t go to class as a coach and learn how to handle these situations.”
As for Cody’s teammates, they’re taking it all in stride, remembering their friend and teammate while trying to figure out how to move forward.
Anderson said, “We just do the best we can to get through it and we will.”
Troopers said Cody was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
As for the team’s next playoff game, that is scheduled for Friday night.
At this time there are no plans to reschedule the game.