Injuries will occur, and those on the field must move forward.

Injuries will occur, and those on the field must move forward.

Ardmore showed flashes of its depth, defensive ability and escapability in the Super Scrimmage on Thursday at Noble Stadium. While the Tigers weren’t perfect in any area, they moved the football in a variety of ways — even without some key players.

Entering the day, the Tigers had wide receiver/running back Brian Carr out with an ankle sprain. By day’s end, another key player, running back Kenyon Gordon, had to sit with a foot injury he suffered in the 10 offense/10 defense segment against Plainview. Both players expected to be ready for the Sept. 2 opener at Ada.

In the short-scrimmage segment, Gordon found the end zone on a counter run, but had to miss the game scrimmage against Sulphur. Good thing Ardmore’s deep in the backfield.

Ashdon Perry got the bulk of the carries, running for 38 yards on five carries, including an 11-yard touchdown. In a competitive offense, where carries could vary from game to game, Perry said it was about the team and that he wanted Gordon back on the field.

Coach Douglas Wendel was happy to see the Tigers pick up yardage in the running game against Sulphur in a 14-0 win in the game format. Perry often ran behind two tight end sets that said “power football” more than the finesse and misdirection looks the Tigers had shown leading up to Thursday.

“It’s nice to see us get in a two tight end set and go downhill, or at least see signs of it,” Wendel said.

After one 15-minute period, Ardmore led 7-0 via Perry’s TD run.
Travis Galbreath was on target again in the passing game, completing 6-of-9 passes for an even 100 yards. The senior used his feet to improvise on a few plays as the protection broke down.

On one such play in the second half, Galbreath found Josiah Reed open across the middle for a 45-yard TD.

Reed was a factor on defense as well, coming up with a sack on a corner blitz before halftime and intercepting Sulphur’s Ty Williams on a deep ball in the second period.

Sulphur coach Jim Dixon said the Bulldogs were ahead of where they were at last season’s Super Scrimmage.

“We gave up two or three home runs, we can’t give up big plays,” he said. “But Ardmore has a good ball club, too.”

Erik K. Horne