MCALESTER — When the Ardmore Tigers ran onto the field Friday night at Hook Eales Stadium, the banner they ran through simply said “Grab your popcorn, because we’re about to put on a show.”

MCALESTER — When the Ardmore Tigers ran onto the field Friday night at Hook Eales Stadium, the banner they ran through simply said “Grab your popcorn, because we’re about to put on a show.” 

The message couldn’t have been more true as the No. 2 Tigers accounted for four interceptions on defense and another blowout performance as Ardmore moved to 3-0 with a 42-7 victory over the McAlester Buffaloes. 

“I never take games like this for granted,” Ardmore coach Josh Newby said. “The kids have played pretty well the first three games, and I appreciate the effort and intensity they have shown. However, they know they will have to clean up the penalties and play a lot better next week against Lawton MacArthur.” 

Ardmore fans got a taste of deja vu from last week as the Tigers got an interception on their first defensive stand of the game on the second play from scrimmage. 

Chris Lewis managed to read a screen pass thrown by Buffaloes quarterback Chris Hilton at the 22-yard line and returned it to the 11 yard-line.

Three plays later, it was Jadrein Monroe scampering his way in for the touchdown from seven yards out, making it 7-0 after the Rafael Interiano extra point less than three minutes into the game.

It was the second straight week Ardmore’s defense had gotten an interception on their first defensive spell, and the second consecutive game Monroe scored the opening touchdown off the turnover for the Tigers. 

“Anytime you can get some positive momentum early, it puts doubt in people’s heads,” Newby said about the first quarter interception. “I was very proud of Chris (Lewis) getting that interception and really setting the tone for us the rest of the night.” 

McAlester struggled on its next offensive possession, going three and out as Ardmore got the ball right back.

Just 2:45 after their first touchdown, the Tigers were up 14-0.

This time it was Tero Roberts breaking through for a 47-yard score.

After another defensive stop by the Tigers, the offense went right back to work with another scoring drive.

Cameron Petties finished off a five-play 80-yard drive with a 13 yard touchdown run, making the score 20-0 after the extra point was blocked at the 3:18 mark of the first quarter.

As the second quarter began, the Tigers started it the same way they did in the first, with an interception.

Michael Bruner was the recipient this time around, picking off Hilton at the Buffaloes 38-yard line.

The short field was no problem for the Tigers to navigate as Petties got his second touchdown of the night, this one from 21 yards out to make it 28-0 after Jermaine Scallion ran in a successful two-point conversion. 

Bruner would strike again on the Buffaloes next offensive spell, with his second interception of the evening, and the Tigers third of the night. 

Just before the halftime break, Petties got his third touchdown of the night, as he rumbled his way 34 yards, putting Ardmore in a comfortable position going into the locker room up 35-0.

McAlester managed to get an interception of their own in the early stages of the third quarter, but the tide was quickly turned around as Lewis gave the Tigers back the ball with his second interception of the evening.

Scallion took full advantage of the short field, rushing twice on a two-play 17-yard drive, with the touchdown coming from 11-yards out. 

Hilton got McAlester on the board late in the fourth quarter from seven yards out to spoil Ardmore’s attempt at a second straight shutout. 

As a team, Ardmore totaled 433 yards rushing, while holding the Buffaloes to just 58 for the entire game.

Hilton was held to 5-of-19 passing for 59 yards with four interceptions in the game.

Monroe finished the game with 10 carries for 65 yards and one touchdown for the Tigers. Roberts meanwhile totaled seven carries for 127 yards and one touchdown. 

Petties led Ardmore with three touchdowns on the evening, while totaling three carries for 68 yards, with Scallion rushing seven times for 63 yards and one touchdown.

Ardmore returns home at 7:30 p.m. Friday night for its district opener against Lawton MacArthur at Noble Stadium.