ALTUS — One of the most challenging aspects of a season can be a long road trip.

ALTUS — One of the most challenging aspects of a season can be a long road trip.

The last two weeks the Ardmore Tigers have faced this obstacle with journeys to Lawton and Altus on Friday night.

Despite the long bus ride, the Tigers showed no signs of rust as they shutdown the Bulldogs running attack Friday night, winning 28-0 at Hightower Memorial Stadium to move to 3-1 on the season and 2-0 in district play. 

The shutout at Hightower Memorial Stadium was the first time the Bulldogs have been blanked at home by an opponent since September of 2012 when the Lawton High Wolverines won 45-0. 

“You know after you travel for three hours, and the kids get off the bus ready to play, there’s just so much to be proud of with this group,” Ardmore coach Josh Newby said. “Anytime you win on the road in this district it displays toughness. I don’t take any victory in this district for granted, especially when it happens away from home.”

There was little to talk about in the first quarter as neither team could get any offense generated.

Ardmore did feel they had a case for a penalty when Creed Cox was intercepted down field as it appeared there was possible pass interference or holding on the play.

But the Tigers kept pushing and eventually were able to find the breakthrough with 4:03 left in the first half when Anton Scallion scored from two yards out to make it 7-0 after the extra point. 

Ardmore then got a break on defense as Jaamarre Williams got an interception and returned it down to the Bulldogs’ 30-yard line.

Three plays later, Williams found pay dirt as he scored from 18 yards out to make it 13-0 when the extra point was blocked. Ardmore led by this score going into the break.

It didn’t take long for Ardmore to strike in the second half.

Just two plays and 38 seconds.

Creed Cox broke loose for a 66-yard touchdown run, putting the Tigers up 21-0 after Donald May found Raven Henderson on the successful two-point conversion.

Scallion managed to put the game on ice late in the fourth quarter as he pushed his way in from one yard out to finish off Altus.

The Tigers defense was swarming all night, with Quincy Walker registering several tackles as well as quarterback sacks.

“Quincy is playing hard, and that’s all he knows is how to play hard,” Newby said. “He’s doing great in the classroom and on the football field, I couldn’t be more proud of him. Creed and Jaamarre are two of the toughest kids we have in that locker room. They both did a great job for us tonight and I’m super proud of them and the rest of these kids.”

Cox finished the game with 15 carries for 168 yards rushing.

Ardmore is back at home at 7:30 p.m. Friday night taking on the El Reno Indians with El Reno sitting at 4-1 on the season and 1-1 in district play.