It would be an absolute crusher for some teams to lose their starting running back entering the first game of the season. But not Ardmore.


That’s not to say the Tigers will be without Kenyon Gordon when they travel to Ada on Friday, but there are reinforcements in case the senior can’t go.


It would be an absolute crusher for some teams to lose their starting running back entering the first game of the season. But not Ardmore.

That’s not to say the Tigers will be without Kenyon Gordon when they travel to Ada on Friday, but there are reinforcements in case the senior can’t go.

“Whether it’s Ada, Capitol Hill or anyone on the schedule, if you’re healthy you go,” Ardmore coach Douglas Wendel said Monday. “But I’m going to know Friday night what he’s capable of. I’m not gonna put him in harm’s way.

“Obviously, we need him on defense; we need him on both sides.”

Gordon tweaked his foot against Plainview in the Super Scrimmage on Thursday night. The running back/safety did not practice on Monday, with Ashdon Perry and Jeff Surrell taking reps at running back, and sophomore Carter Swanson at safety.

Running back is one position the Tigers can plug several options into. With Gordon and Brian Carr (ankle) sidelined at Thursday’s scrimmage, Perry averaged more than 7 yards a carry and scored a touchdown in Ardmore’s 14-0 victory against Sulphur. Wendel said that after the Super Scrimmage he felt better about potentially not having Gordon on Friday.

But with Perry also a starter in the linebacking corps, Wendel wants to be careful not to overuse him. That’s where Carr’s return comes into play.

“It probably wouldn’t be the end-all-be-all, but we have a backup plan,” Wendel said of not having Gordon on offense. “If Muddy (Brian Carr) comes back 90-100 percent, we can rest Ashdon. Brian Carr’s return is a factor on how much we’ll play Ashton on offense or defense.”

Carr, Perry and Gordon have all had trips to the end zone in preseason, with Carr scoring a 70-yard run against Noble in the Tigers’ first crimmage. There’s a scoring threat regardless of who’s in the backfield.

The question is who will it be? Gordon said he’s coming back to practice today and will be 100 percent by Friday, but thinks the Tigers’ backfield is safe with or without him.

“Ashdon ran the ball more than me last year,” Gordon said. “I’m getting better every day, but they can hold it down.“

Erik K. Horne
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