Following one of their toughest losses in recent memory, it seems like the Ardmore Tigers are in need of a pick me up this week.
Following one of their toughest losses in recent memory, it seems like the Ardmore Tigers are in need of a pick me up this week. Tigers coach Josh Newby and his staff are hoping the visit of the Southeast Spartans will provide just what the doctor ordered. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Noble Stadium, Ardmore will celebrate Homecoming against their visitors from Oklahoma City as the Tigers look to get back on track following their first district loss of the season last week against El Reno. Homecoming festivities will begin at 7 p.m. and finish before the game starts. Ardmore enters this contest with an overall record of 3-2 on the season and 2-1 in district play, while the Spartans are 1-5 on the season and 0-3 in district. Last week the Tigers struggled with multiple turnovers in a 35-20 defeat against El Reno, while Southeast dropping a high-scoring contest against Duncan by a score of 62-30. The 35 points scored by El Reno was the most given up by a Tigers team at home since Del City scored 38 during the 2012 season. “Southeast is very organized and has a lot of athletes scattered throughout the field,” Ardmore coach Josh Newby said. “They might have lost games against Lawton MacArthur and Duncan, but they did execute if you watch the film. We need to be ready to play on Thursday night.” “It’s always hard when you get beat, and last week was no different,” Newby added. “We were coming down off two very emotional weeks with wins over Altus and Lawton MacArthur on the road. We just lost a little bit of that intensity, but our kids are going to be prepared for Thursday night.” Ardmore currently occupies the fourth and final playoff spot out of District 5A-1 with 14 district points. A victory for the Tigers could see that point total rise to 29 this week, and could improve their positioning drastically depending on results in other games. “Our kids are very aware that we can still obtain all of our goals this season,” Newby said. “They know we control our own destiny if we take care of business. We want to make sure we handle this game first this week and focus on what’s to come next week.” “We always try and keep things as normal as possible even on a short week,” Newby added. “The only change was that it was a compressed week. Our hope with this is that we keep our kids minds clear and that they can stay as focused as possible no matter the circumstances.” Last year when these two teams met in Oklahoma City it was an easy night for the Tigers who won 48-0. When the Spartans last visited Ardmore in 2016, the Tigers came away with a 53-10 victory.