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  • Ardmore snags 5 interceptions in blowout win

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  • The Ardmore Tigers had Friday night's game against Capitol Hill well in hand from the opening kick-off as they easily rolled to a 42-6 victory over the Redskins at Noble Stadium. Capitol Hill kicked off, and Ardmore's Lacorrio Lopez returned that kick 80 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Tiger lead with a mere 20 seconds off the clock. It was all downhill for Ardmore after that. The Tigers ran just 23 offensive plays in the game. Ardmore (7-1 overall and 5-0 in district 5A-1), and ranked No. 4 in Class 5A, used everyone they could find with a Tiger uniform on, and the game still got out of hand. A rolling clock was used in the second half. Capitol Hill (1-7, 0-5), had 42 players listed on the roster but suited up just 21 for the trip. The Redskins fall break this week may have led to the depleted roster. Following the kick-off return by Lopez, Capitol Hill ran five offensive plays. But, on the sixth Ardmore's Rontrey Burkhalter picked off a pass from Redskin quarterback Denny Do and returned it 40 yards for a touchdownm giving the Tigers a 14-0 lead without running an offensive play. On the third play of the next Capitol Hill drive, Burkhalter intercepted Do again. Ardmore was set up at the Redskin 39-yard line for its first drive of the game. Three plays later, Isaiah Bailey ran in from three yards out for a touchdown and 21-0 Tiger lead. Ardmore had five interceptions in the game. Burkhalter's two picks came in the first quarter. Jordan Roberts had two interceptions, and Hunter Darter had one. A Capitol Hill punt had the Tigers at their own 33-yard line late in the opening quarter. On the third offensive play, Jamarcus Mills bolted 61 yards for the touchdown and a 28-0 Ardmore lead. “I liked the way we started the game,” Ardmore coach Doug Wendel said. “Lacorrio took that opening kick-off back, and that gave us early momentum. Our defensive secondary did a great job of anticipating and picking off passes. We had the game well in had after the first quarter, because everyone came into the game ready to play.” A 9-play, 85-yard drive that took 5:34 of clock time ended with Roberts scoring on a 22-yard run around the left end early in the second quarter for the Tigers, giving Ardmore a 35-0 halftime lead. Ardmore had 22 rushing plays for 288 yards and one pass fall incomplete. Bailey led the Tigers with eight carries for 106 yards and a touchdown. The Tiger first team defense allowed just 87 net yards in their 24 minutes of action. After a scoreless third quarter with Ardmore backups running the show, both teams managed a touchdown in the fourth. The Redskins finished a 14-play, 57-yard drive with a 2-yard scoring run by Travaughn Jones. The ensuing kick-off by Capitol Hill was returned 68 yards by Keyshawn Brown for a touchdown to finish the scoring for Ardmore. “It's always good to get playing time for all the players,” Wendel said. “We had mostly freshmen in the game in the second half. And, that gave them some valuable experience. It's important to get a district win and come away healthy. We go to Altus next week and then finish here with Lawton MacArthur. Hopefully we can finish the district race on the upswing and get ready for the playoffs.” Ardmore heads to Altus this Friday to take on the Bulldogs.
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