After enjoying a successful run as members of the Ardmore Tiger football team, two of its brightest standouts took the next step Wednesday afternoon.

After enjoying a successful run as members of the Ardmore Tiger football team, two of its brightest standouts took the next step Wednesday afternoon.

Seniors Braeden Vance and Chantz Scurry both inked their National Letters of Intent to play football Wednesday afternoon

Scurry is going to Bethel College in Newton, Kansas, while Vance will join the Bulldogs at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. 

“I’m not sure it has sunk in yet to be honest,” Scurry said moments after the ceremony. “I know I’m graduating soon and everything, but this just doesn’t feel quite real for me yet. The coaches here have prepared me for this challenge and having the competition I’ve had here has also prepared me.”

Scurry added what sold him on Bethel College was the positive reinforcement he got from the coaches while he was on campus for an official visit. 

“I toured the campus and it was super nice overall,” he said. “Plus the positive energy I got from the coaches while I was there was super supportive and I really appreciated it.”

Known for his tough, bruising but quick style of running, Scurry made life difficult this season for opponents when he was on the field.

For the third time in four years, the Tigers made the state quarterfinals, finishing with an overall record of 9-3, and were crowned district champions.

Scurry was also named as an All-district selection on the District 5A-1 awards list this season.

During his junior season Scurry totaled 704 yards on 104 carries with 14 touchdowns and three games with 100 or more yards on the ground.

Scurry replicated his performance this season, amassing 960 yards on the ground during the course of the season on 137 carries with 13 touchdowns, averaging seven yards a carry.

Scurry finished his careers with 2,560 yards and 29 touchdowns.

The addition of Scurry will be a welcome sight for the Bethel College Threshers, who finished 1-9 overall, and 1-8 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference last season.

However, Scurry will be under the guidance of new head coach Terry Harrison when he takes the field at Bethel College, after he was hired on December 18, 2017. 

As for Vance’s future, he said he was happy to have made his choice official, after verbally committing this past Sunday night. 

“This means the world to me,” he said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was little to play a college sport. That’s all a kid dreams of is getting to play at this level. I’m happy to be living my dream.”

Vance will be joining a Bulldogs squad which finished 3-8 overall last season as a member of the Great American Conference. 

During his junior season, Vance as a wide receiver finished with totals of 84 yards receiving on three catches with two touchdowns, numbers he was able to surpass this season as a senior.

Vance finished with 101 yards receiving on five catches with one touchdown.

As a running back he totaled 582 yards on the ground on 64 carries with seven touchdowns, while averaging 9.1 yards per carry.

“I had never been on campus (SWOSU) before I took my official visit,” Vance said. “When I got there it already felt like home for me. The coaches gave me a sense that they genuinely cared about me and made me feel welcome there.”

“My coaches at Ardmore have always taught me to always keep getting better,” Vance added. “There’s always something you can learn from, or improve on. I’ve constantly been reminded that during my time at Ardmore.” 

Vance was an All-District selection this season at wide receiver.