It’s deja vu all over again for Ardmore and Duncan. And then it’s not.

It’s deja vu all over again for Ardmore and Duncan. And then it’s not.

For one thing, the Tigers enter tonight’s game with a different coach. Gone is Larry McBroom, who marked his final Ardmore-Duncan game with a 21-7 win in 2010. Yet, despite the regime change and new players in the spotlight of each team, the scenario remains the same as last year’s game.

Duncan and Ardmore are each 4-1 in District 5A-2. Each team has lost to Lawton MacArthur, each team is 5-3 overall and each team is playing for a home playoff game as the district’s No. 2 seed.

Duncan has relied on its ground game this season and clock control, while Ardmore’s spread offense has started to pick up steam in the past four weeks. The Tigers are averaging 49.5 points per game in four consecutive wins.

“They are sound and they don’t beat themselves,” Wendel said of Duncan. “We’ll play two contrasting styles. We want to spread it out and get the ball in space.

“On the flipside, both defenses are almost identical, especially on the front.”

The game could come down to defense. Aside from a lopsided loss to Guthrie (36-0) in week 1, Duncan hasn’t allowed more than 28 points in a game this season. The Demons’ other two losses came to Carl Albert (14-0) and Lawton MacArthur (28-7).

The Tigers’ defense was the standout of the 2010 game, producing a goal-line stand in the fourth quarter to keep Duncan out of the end zone. But Wendel hasn’t put much stock in last year’s win, preferring to look at what the Tigers are doing well heading into Friday’s big game.

Wendel highlighted the play of Brian Carr at outside linebacker, the improvement of the offensive line and offensive coordinator Todd Scott’s gameplan coming to fruition through senior quarterback Travis Galbreath, who eclipsed 1,000 yards passing last week with a 303-yard performance.

Wendel’s hoping all of the good things Ardmore’s been able to do in the past four games can continue tonight.

“It’s gonna be a good challenge,” Wendel said. “Playing for second place and a home spot in the playoffs is a big challenge. I’m looking forward to seeing how we respond.”

NOTES: Junior defensive back Jeff Surrell (fractured ankle) was cleared for contact on Monday, but Wendel said he will not rush Surrell back. Wendel hopes to get Surrell on the field against Altus next week. ... Galbreath will wear No. 22 in honor of teammate Daniel Johnson, who had part of his left arm amputated last week after an Oct. 8 UTV accident. ... Duncan has three shutouts to Ardmore’s two on defense this season. Ardmore is giving up 16.3 points per game to Duncan’s 13.0.

Erik K. Horne


Ardmore at Duncan
— 7:30 tonight at Duncan High School
— Records: Ardmore 5-3, 4-1 in District 5A-2; Duncan 5-3, 4-1
— In 2010: Ardmore won 21-7
— Radio: KICM-FM 97.7