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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Early interception sparks Tigers' victory

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  • Flipping through the Ardmore football program, a key name from Thursday's game cannot be found on the varsity roster.
    Freshman quarterback Nick Weldon started the season on the freshman team and has moved up to varsity due to injuries and other circumstances.
    The young signal caller didn't look out of place in the Tigers' 24-3 win over Chickasha at Noble Stadium.
    Weldon had six carries for 32 yards, but worked the option offense to perfection setting up big gains with well-time hand offs and pitches to the edge.
    Weldon, Kydric Knox along with O.J. Walker kept the Chickasha defense guessing with the trio racking up 181 yards and three touchdowns among them.
    "He managed the game, made some mistakes, but he managed the game and made some good runs on the first series to get us down on the goal line," Ardmore coach Doug Wendel said. "I'm tickled to death at the way he performed tonight."
    Chickasha had the first possession of the game and just five plays into the opening drive Ardmore's Rontrey Burkhalter jumped the route and picked off a Cade Morris pass just inside the Chickasha 40 and rumbled to the 16 yards line.
    "I know that helped us start fast and set the tempo for the game," Wendel said.
    Three plays later, Knox scored his first of two touchdowns from two yards out.
    Ardmore struck again with 1:02 left in the first quarter on a four yard touchdown run by Knox.
    Knox and D'Vron Roberts sparked the drive with a pair of 18 yard gains to get inside the Fightin' Chick 30.
    Ardmore's defense snagged another interception on the next drive when a long pass was under thrown and Kevion McGee was able to grab the errant throw.
    Ben Gonzalez booted a 26-yard filed goal early in the second quarter for a 17-0 Tiger lead at halftime.
    Chickasha's only points of the night came on a 30-yard field goal after a failed fourth-and-short attempt by Ardmore.
    "The defense played a great game," Wendel said. "The three points are my fault for not punting on fourth-and-1. But, the defense time and time again played good and we made adjustments after the first series. It was a good all-around effort by the defense again."

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