The last of the Ardmore Tigers’ short week games this year could be the most important.

The last of the Ardmore Tigers’ short week games this year could be the most important.

If the Tigers don’t win at Chickasha, forget the anticipation of a matchup with Duncan the week after. Ardmore (4-3, 3-1 District 5A-2) knows beating the Fighting Chicks sets it up for a second-place showdown on Oct. 29. The hunt for the final playoff home game in District 5A-2 is on.
Without a win in Chickasha, Ardmore’s game next week means far less. That’s why the Tigers are taking their game tonight with the Fightin’ Chicks so seriously.

“This is as big as the game against Duncan,” senior linebacker Kyle Jackson said. “We’re evenly matched at the skill positions, but defensively we feel like we’ve got an advantage.”

The Tigers have been lights out on defense during their three-game winning streak, giving up a paltry 7.0 points per contest. In that stretch, Ardmore’s competition has included two of the bottom three teams in the district in Northwest Classen and Capitol Hill, so the Tigers are excited about getting to step their games up in tonight’s contest.

“We’re looking forward to this game more than Capitol Hill or Northwest Classen,” senior lineman Randy Stinson said. “We’ve been saying all week this is our most important game of the year.”

With the win, Ardmore can keep pace or move ahead of Duncan for the No. 2 playoff seed out of District 5A-2, depending on the result of the Duncan-Altus game tonight.

What’s expected is both Ardmore or Duncan to be 4-1 in district next week. But first, the Tigers have to take care of a Chickasha squad that has speed to burn and has dealt with adversity throughout this season. Chickasha junior offensive lineman Kody Turner collapsed in practice on Sept. 14 and died three days later. The Fightin’ Chicks canceled their week 3 game against Noble in honor of their fallen teammate.

It will be the third Thursday game in five weeks for the Tigers, who are 1-1 in those contests. Ardmore lost to Lawton MacArthur 38-20 on Sept. 23 and beat Durant 27-15 on Oct. 7. Ardmore will be without receiver Travis Galbreath, who suffered a concussion in last week’s 50-6 win over Capitol Hill. The junior sat out of practice this week but felt Ardmore will roll on without him.

“The defense has stepped up and played real good and the offense has executed when we have to,” Galbreath said. “I have a very good feeling we’ll win and win big.”

Tigers in the community
Ardmore will enjoy its fall break in a different way on Friday.

The Tigers will meet at the Ardmore Regional Park Skate Park at 12:30 p.m. to pick up litter on the walking trails, parking lots and children’s fishing area as part of their team community service project.

Erik K. Horne


Ardmore at Chickasha

  7:30 tonight at Chickasha High School
  Records: Ardmore 4-3, 3-1 District 5A-2; Chickasha 2-4, 2-2
  AP rankings: None
  Radio: KICM-FM 97.7