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  • Relentless Tigers eager for shot at district title

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  • Friday evening in Altus, the Ardmore football team likely gained statewide respect with a 14-point come-from-behind win. Ardmore sophomore running back Kydrick Knox scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to give the Tigers a 35-34 victory. Knox said he had confidence Ardmore could rally for the win. “We keep our heads up and keep going,” Knox said. “We play our hearts out.” Knox scored a four-yard touchdown to cut the Altus lead to 28-21 with 11:11 remaining. “We didn't want to give up,” Knox said. “Those last couple touchdowns, I just put my mind to it that I was going to make those touchdowns. And, I did it.” After an onside kick recovery by sophomore O.J. Walker, Knox scored from 22 yards out up the right side of the Altus defense. The Tigers took the lead for good on a 25-yard Knox touchdown run up the same side of the defense on a similar running play. “I was seeing it all night, it was open all night (on the right side),” Knox said. “Coach called the play to that side and it was open.” Junior defensive back Keyshawn Brown agreed that the Tigers never got down and stayed positive on the sideline during the tough stretch, trailing 28-14, early in the third quarter. “I never think that,” Brown said. “You've just got to keep pushing. Keep going.” Ardmore has given opposing quarterbacks trouble throughout the season. Brown got in on the act, picking off an Altus pass in the third quarter that set Ardmore up at the Bulldog 24. Brown credited defensive coordinator Josh Newby for teaching him where to be. “Coach Newby always tells us to just stay in position,” Brown said. “That's what we've got to do. I guess I was there at the right time.” Brown and the Tigers defense didn't play as well as they would've liked. Friday's District 1-5A showdown with Lawton MacArthur will require a better performance. The Highlanders have scored 30 points or more in all but one game this season. “When we play Lawton Mac, we've got to step it up,” Brown said. “The defense can't play like this. We've got to come with it this week.” Knox knows the Tigers will need to be better in the season finale. “The game against Lawton MacArthur is huge, we've got to get that win,” he said. The Tigers could've lost on Friday and still had a shot at the district title. Ardmore chose to keep fighting rather than fold. That decision could be a turning point for a team that faces an old nemesis on Friday at Noble Stadium. The Tigers haven't beaten Lawton MacArthur since Sept. 30, 2005 when they won 38-18 in Lawton. Knox said the Altus win should give the Tigers momentum needed to claim the district title and make a run in the playoffs. “We can do something that hasn't been done in a while,” Knox said.
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