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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Tigers expects tougher than usual Chickasha

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  • Thursday night lights doesn't quite have the same ring to it as Friday, but Ardmore head football coach Douglas Wendel likes the short week.
    The Tigers host Chickasha 7:30 p.m. at Noble Stadium.
    "I think Thursday night is an advantage for us, especially playing at home coming off a win," Wendel said. "We're looking forward to playing back at Noble Stadium."
    Ardmore is 5-1 and confidence is soaring for 5A's fifth ranked team.
    "We're doing pretty good, we've had two big wins," Wendel said. "We can't afford a let down (Thursday). Chickasha is bringing a better team than we've played the last couple of years."
    Chickasha operates out of the spread-option on offense and has multiple looks on defense.
    Quarterback Cade Morris is the Fightin' Chicks top offensive option.
    "They run the option out of the shotgun, spread option a little bit," Wendel said.
    Morris is 45-for-94 passing for 578 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. When running the ball, Morris is tough to bring down. The senior has 108 carries for 639 yards and 16 touchdowns.
    Chickasha's second option out of the backfield is senior Josh Latham, who has 57 carries for 375 yards and a touchdown.
    "They're run-heavy, but they have the ability to throw it," Wendel said. "They've got a three-year starter at quarterback and some receivers that have been playing since they were sophomores. They have some good talent out there. It will be a challenge."
    On defense, Ardmore will need to keep tabs on Oron Bowman. The senior has 31 total tackles with four for a loss, two sacks and two fumble recoveries.
    "I think they have the best player in the district in Bowman," Wendel said. "He's a dominant offensive or defensive lineman. We've got to be prepared to play."
    Senior T.J. Filer is another tough defender for Chickasha that leads the team with 31 total tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery.
    The Fightin' Chicks keep offenses off balance with numerous looks on defense.
    "They're very multiple," Wendel said. "They've shown every defense you can run. We've got to go out and execute."
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