Coming into Friday night’s Class 5A playoff opener against Piedmont, it had been said that the No. 2 Ardmore Tigers ran a “one-dimensional” type of offense, and could only be effective running the ball.

Coming into Friday night’s Class 5A playoff opener against Piedmont, it had been said that the No. 2 Ardmore Tigers ran a “one-dimensional” type of offense, and could only be effective running the ball.

After the horn sounded at Noble Stadium, there was little doubt that the Tigers offense was anything but simple.

Ardmore scored 42 points in the first half to set the tone, leading to a comfortable 42-13 victory over the Piedmont Wildcats, advancing the Tigers to the Class 5A quarterfinals Friday night at Noble Stadium.

Waiting for Ardmore at 7:30 p.m. Friday night will be the Coweta Tigers, who pulled off an upset of No. 5 Talequah on the road 26-7 in their opening round contest. 

“I was proud of the kids for how focused they were, and how they executed,” Ardmore coach Josh Newby said. 

“Those are signs of maturity. Our coaching staff had a great plan in place for this game. In the end though, we’re still alive and now we have to prepare for a very good Coweta team.” 

Jadrein Monroe got the Tigers off to the perfect start as he capped off a 10-play 65-yard opening drive which culminated in a one-yard touchdown by the running back, giving Ardmore a 7-0 lead at the 7:33 mark of the first quarter.

However, the Tigers were fortunate to have gotten the opening touchdown, as they fumbled twice on their first possession of the game, only to recover it both times.

Piedmont didn’t have the same consistency on offense throughout the night as the Wildcats were held to just 89 total yards, managing a total of zero yards on its opening drive.

Wildcats junior quarterback Dylan Hampton was limited to 5-of-21 passing on the night for 11 yards, as he was pressured constantly by the Tigers defensive line, as well as being plagued by dropped passes.

“We knew (Dylan) Hampton was very talented, and so we tried to take away the run and force them to throw,” Newby said.

 “It just ended up working out good for us in the end.”

Ardmore needed just four plays to score its second touchdown of the evening, as Cameron Petties rolled his way in from 33 yards out to make it 13-0 at the 4:16 mark of the first quarter.

Petties ended the first quarter in style as he got his second touchdown, this one from four yards out, before Ardmore showed off some razzle dazzle when Michael Bruner connected with Jermaine Scallion for the two-point conversion to make it 21-0.

After another three-and-out by the Wildcats to open the second quarter, Bruner was unlucky to have not gotten a punt return for a touchdown for the second week in a row, as his 70-yard scamper was called back due to a Tigers penalty.

The setback didn’t matter much though, as Tero Roberts added to the Ardmore lead moments later, running his way in from 25-yards out to make it 28-0 at the 7:30 mark.

Piedmont though had an immediate response as Jack Chester took the ensuing kickoff and dashed his way 85-yards for the touchdown, before the extra point was blocked to make it 28-6 at the 7:16 mark.

Eean Ross then stepped up and left his mark on the game as he finished the first half with a pair of touchdowns from one and two yards out to leave the Tigers up 42-6 going into the locker room.

“Our team is built around the offensive line,” Newby said. 

“Those are kids the staff absolutely loves. They absolutely care about what is going on and they are a fun group to coach. They made a lot of big things happen for us tonight, and we’re very proud of them.” 

Piedmont managed to get a late consolation touchdown in the fourth quarter thanks to Davontae Pickard scoring from two yards out. 

Petties finished the night with 12 carries for 154 yards and two touchdowns, while Roberts totaled 10 carries for 102 yards and one touchdown, while going 3-for-3 passing for 51 yards.

Monroe finished with nine carries for 68 yards and one touchdown, while Ross totaled eight carries for 54 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Wildcats.

There were zero turnovers in the game.