Ardmore’s defense was ready against Noble from the first snap, which in turn helped spark the offense.


Ardmore’s defense was ready against Noble from the first snap, which in turn helped spark the offense.

The Tigers recovered three fumbles and outscored the hosts three touchdowns to none in the controlled segment of Friday night’s scrimmage. Seniors Travis Galbreath and Brian Carr each ripped off long touchdown runs, and Josiah Reed had rushing scores of 25 and 4 yards to add to a fiery defensive start.

On the first-team defense’s initial series, Tyler Day registered a sack and a fumble recovery, and the Tigers were on their way. Ardmore coach Douglas Wendel highlighted middle linebackers Day and Tyler Dickson as two players who jumpstarted the Tigers’ defensive effort.

“The defense was fantastic,” Wendel said Saturday. “Tyler Day and Tyler Dickson helped set the tone. And we want to continue to execute on our offensive line. We showed promise there last night.”

In the second segment of the scrimmage, each team started from the defense’s 25-yard-line in a college-style overtime format. Noble and Ardmore traded field goals and scored two touchdowns each to end the second session tied 17-17. Each team converted all extra points.

Reed ran one in from four yards out, and Noble responded with two scores of its own — a fade route TD to the right side of the end zone and a 7-yard rushing TD. Jeff Surrell came in at quarterback for the Tigers and added a touchdown on the ground late.

Galbreath, starting at quarterback, threw with accuracy all night — particularly on screen passes. Reed, a receipient of several of those passes at receiver, said “the game plan was to get the ball to players in space.” The only two passes from Galbreath that touched the ground came off the hands of receivers in the end zone.

Galbreath opened the scoring with his 70-yard run, evading the blitz to his left as the play broke down and outrunning the defense up the middle. Misdirection in the option game allowed for long gains by the first-year starting quarterback, who started at receiver as a junior but saw patches of play under center last year behind Trey Cohee.

“Every option we ran, he made the right read,” Wendel said of Galbreath.

Carr matched Galbreath’s run with a 70 yarder of his own on the next Ardmore offensive posession, this time to the right side of the field.

After watching the tape on Saturday morning, Wendel said the Tigers committed 40-45 yards of penalties, mostly on the still-in-progress offensive line. The Tigers, however, had no turnovers on offense.

“For the most part, we probably went the right place,” Wendel said of his offensive line. “We just have to maintain our blocks a little longer.”

And the intensity according to the Tigers. Coming off of what they admitted wasn’t a great two days of practice, the Tigers came out flying on Friday, but said some of that first-half fire wore off toward the end.

“There’s always room for improvement, but it was pretty good for the first scrimmage,” Day said. “If we keep the intensity up, we’ll be a great team.”

Erik K. Horne
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