With three weeks left in the regular season, there’s little room for mistakes.
With three weeks left in the regular season, there’s little room for mistakes. Those are exactly what the Ardmore Tigers are hoping to avoid at 7 p.m. Friday night at Halliburton Stadium against the Duncan Demons. The Tigers will enter this game with an overall record of 4-2 with a 3-1 record in district play, while the Demons stand at 4-2 overall and 2-2 in district play. As things stand, the Tigers would be the three seed in District 5A-1 and go on the road for the opening round of the playoffs, while the Demons would miss out entirely, as they sit in fifth overall. A victory Friday night would clinch a playoff berth for the Tigers with two weeks left in the regular season, and could possibly elevate them higher in the district standings if results fall their way. But first and foremost the Tigers have to handle a Demons team which has split its last four games with two wins and two losses, but has put up big points at home this season in two games. “Duncan plays well at home, there’s no doubt about that,” Ardmore coach Josh Newby said. “They’ve got some great athletes in (Javion) Dangerfield and (Roderick) Standokes. Standokes is a 100 meter state champion in track so he brings a lot of speed for Duncan. We’ve got our hands full this week and our kids realize it.” “They (Duncan) play well as a team as it is,” Newby added. “Anytime they get Standokes and Dangerfield the ball in space, they instantly become more dangerous. Those kids are so dynamic in space and when they get the ball, Duncan is going to be successful. The kids know we have to go out and take care of business Friday night. It’s easy to say, but harder to do.” Last week, the Demons gave El Reno a strong fight in El Reno, trailing only 14-6 going into the halftime break. Duncan even got to within two points late in the game at 21-19, before the Indians took over in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns. There was little drama for the Tigers on Homecoming night as they handled the Southeast Spartans by a score of 68-8 in a game which the starters were pulled by the end of the first half. Last year when these two teams met at Noble Stadium it was a 34-7 victory for the Tigers. Ardmore won its last trip to Halliburton Stadium in 2017 by a score of 28-7.