During the course of the 2018-19 season, it was no secret the Ardmore Tigers football team had a talented senior class.

During the course of the 2018-19 season, it was no secret the Ardmore Tigers football team had a talented senior class. 

Wednesday afternoon, those claims were justified in a big way at the Ardmore Fieldhouse.

A total of 10 Tigers football players signed their National Letters of Intent to play college football in front of a packed house of students, parents and teachers from Ardmore High School.

“This is just a neat day for Ardmore High School,” Ardmore coach Josh Newby said. “I’m so proud of these kids. They have put in a tremendous amount of work, and to see them get this type of opportunity to play at the next level is amazing.”

“There was a brotherhood with this group of kids,” Newby added. “Everyday they came in ready to work and that mentality got us to the finals this season. This group set the tone for how to act and how to have a championship locker room. I believe this group has set the tone for years to come.”

Tero Roberts and Litani Lemeki will both be continuing their education and football careers with the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond for the Bronchos. 

Roberts was the District 5A-1 Player of the Year, and rushed for 1,604 yards this season on 162 carries with 14 touchdowns this season.

Lemeki was named as the 5A-1 Defensive Lineman of the Year, finishing with 23 tackles this season with 30 assists. He was also named as a 5A All-Star by Class selection along with Roberts this year.

Lemeki was also named as an OCA All-State selection on defense. 

Ethan Phillips and Brayden Bryant will both be representing Northeastern Oklahoma A&M junior college next fall, while Trenzel Johnson is heading to Ada to play for the East Central University Tigers. 

Johnson and Bryant were both named as 5A-1 Co-Offensive Linemen of the Year this season, and Bryant was also named as a member of the All-USA Oklahoma team.

Bryant was also a 5A All-Star by Class selection this season, as well as an OCA All-State selection.

Michael Bruner, Bobby Joy and Mylic Ritche will all be joining the Southern Nazarene University Crimson Storm in Bethany next fall.

Cameron Petties meanwhile is heading to Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant as a member of the Savage Storm, while Eean Ross is going to Harding University in Arkansas. 

This season the Ardmore Tigers went 13-1, making the state finals in Class 5A for the first time since 1992.