Coming off a strong start at last week’s scrimmage at Noble, Ardmore hosts its annual Super Scrimmage tonight at Noble Stadium.

Coming off a strong start at last week’s scrimmage at Noble, Ardmore hosts its annual Super Scrimmage tonight at Noble Stadium.

For the second consecutive year, Lone Grove, Ardmore, Durant and Plainview will meet. The format changes a little from years past, with the game field split into halves for the controlled scrimmage portion. Each team will run 10 plays of offense and 10 plays of defense.

In the game format, each team will play two 15-minute quarters. Lone Grove will play Ardmore’s JV first at 6:30 p.m., followed by Sulphur vs. Ardmore’s varsity and Durant vs. Plainview closing the scrimmage.

“We’re looking forward to playing in and scrimmaging in Ardmore,” Tigers coach Douglas Wendel said Wednesday. “We want to see the intensity maintained throughout the scrimmage.”

Wendel is also hoping the Tigers cut down on the penalties they had in their first scrimmage, paticularly on the offensive side of the ball, where he saw jumping the snap count and holding on film.

While eradicating the penalties, the Ardmore staff is hoping to carry over the defensive potential they showed last week. The Tigers have nine senior starters on defense.

“Even fighting the heat like we have, we still have kids taking it upon themselves to address their weaknesses,” Ardmore defensive coordinator Josh Newby said. “If we can get the technique cleaned up, we’ve got a good group of leaders.”

In previous seasons under Larry McBroom, the Super Scrimmage has had short controlled scrimmages outside the stadium on the Tigers’ practice field. This year, all action will be inside Noble Stadium, with most team getting a crack at each other in the 10 offense/10 defense portion.

Class 3A’s Sulphur will face Ardmore for the second consecutive season in the Super Scrimmage. The Bulldogs held their own in last year’s contest, and assistant coach Mark Lemming said Sulphur is moving the ball better this season. That’s a scary proposition for a team that returns its starting running back (Dylan Walker) and quarterback (Ty Williams). Williams had more than 1,000 yards rushing and passing in 2010.

“We’re pretty happy with how we moved the ball on offense,” Lemming said after last weekend’s scrimmage. “We executed better than last year’s scrimmage.”

NOTES: Dickson will host Coalgate today in its second scrimmage of the preseason, deemed a “Soap and Towel” scrimmage. The Comets are accepting soap and towels at the gate as admission, which will be provided to the players for the season. Junior high starts at 6:30 p.m. and high school kicks off at 7:30.

— The 2011 Ardmoreite Football Preview hits newsstands Sunday, Aug. 28.

Erik K. Horne


Ardmore Super Scrimmage
—  5:30 today at Noble Stadium
— Teams: Ardmore, Ardmore JV, Durant, Lone Grove, Plainview, Sulphur
— First scrimmage starts at 5:30 with others to follow

How it works

Scrimmage format (10 offense/10 defense)
South end of game field
1. Durant offense vs. Sulphur defense
2. Sulphur offense vs. Ardmore JV defense
3. Ardmore JV offense vs. Durant defense

North end
1. Ardmore offense vs. Lone Grove defense
2. Plainview offense vs. Ardmore defense
3. Lone Grove offense vs. Plainview defense

Game format (One half, 15-minute running quarters)
1. Lone Grove vs. Ardmore JV, 6:30 p.m.
2. Sulphur vs. Ardmore, 7:20 p.m. (approximately)
3. Durant vs. Plainview, 8:10 p.m. (approximately)