In recent years, Charles W. Sheid Stadium on the campus of Western Heights High School has been a place of joy and success for Ardmore football.
In recent years, Charles W. Sheid Stadium on the campus of Western Heights High School has been a place of joy and success for Ardmore football. The Tigers and their coaching staff are hoping the trend continues this week. At 7 p.m. Friday night in Oklahoma City, the Tigers and the Jets will reacquaint themselves, as Ardmore plays its final regular season game before the start of the playoffs next week. Western Heights was eliminated from playoff contention weeks ago, while Ardmore is locked into the No. 3 seed out of District 5A-1. While the Tigers know they will be on the road to begin the playoffs next week, where their destination will take them is where things get complicated. Bishop McGuinness, Carl Albert and Piedmont are all log-jammed at the top of the District 5A-2 standings. The Titans and the Fighting Irish will meet up this week, with McGuinness sealing the district title with a victory. Should Carl Albert win by 10 or more points, it will be the district champion. However, should the Titans win by nine or less, McGuinness would be the district champion via tiebreaker should Piedmont win based off of district points. However the chips may fall elsewhere across the OKC Metroplex Friday night, Tigers coach Josh Newby is worried about one team and one team only, his. “We’ve had a lot of good talks this week, and our kids realize they need to get off the bus ready to play Friday night,” Newby said. “Winning at Western Heights last year in the state semifinals is one of my fondest memories from last season, I absolutely love that locker room. Our kids know that it’s all about Western Heights this week and no one else.” “Western Heights has two very quality players in number five (Tevun Thammavongsa) and No. 11 (Phillip Washington), “ Newby added. “We have to know where those two players are at all times and be ready for anything from them. I just want to see us take a step forward this week, and I want to feel like we have everything in place as we head into week 11.” Ardmore enters its regular season finale with an overall record of 5-3 with a 4-2 district record. Western Heights meanwhile is 4-5 overall and 1-5 in district play. The Jets started off the season with three straight victories over Guymon, Stilwell and Justice Alma Wilson, before dropping five straight in district play. Last week Western Heights snapped its long losing streak with a 39-16 victory over Southeast on the road. As for Ardmore, last week is a memory they’d rather forget about. The Noble Bears claimed their first district title since 2003 with a 42-28 victory over Ardmore, which saw the Tigers struggle in the third quarter after taking a lead into halftime. When Ardmore last visited Western Heights, it was last season for the state semifinals against Bishop Kelley when the Tigers won 21-13. Ardmore won last seasons meeting against Western Heights by a score of 41-19 at home. When the Tigers last played the Jets in OKC in 2017, Ardmore won by a score of 47-7.