OKLAHOMA CITY — Just one week after suffering one of their toughest losses of the season, the Ardmore Tigers showed they still have plenty of fight left in them.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Just one week after suffering one of their toughest losses of the season, the Ardmore Tigers showed they still have plenty of fight left in them. Despite allowing a first half touchdown, the Tigers were able to shake off a stubborn challenge from the Western Heights Jets, as they rolled to a convincing 41-6 victory at Charles W. Sheid Stadium in Oklahoma City. Next up for the Tigers will be the first round of the Class 5A playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday night in Oklahoma City against the Bishop McGuinness Fighting Irish. “I wasn’t very happy with the first half because it all comes down to effort,” Ardmore coach Josh Newby said. “The kids came out in the second half and were much more mature. We got our blood flowing a little and played a much better effort out there.” “I would take Western Heights quarterback (Tevun Thammavongsa) any day on this team,” Newby said. “He’s a great kid and could definitely play for us. He has a lot of heart and I have a ton of respect for what he’s done. We aren’t going to be the favorite in week 11, and we realize that. We know we’re going to have to play with a lot more effort than we did tonight, and I can assure you that we will.” Western Heights made life difficult in the first quarter as the Jets controlled the ball for the majority of the time, converting on two fourth down plays. But when the Tigers finally got the ball, they didn’t need it for very long to take the lead. Donald May dashed his way 56 yards to complete a three play drive, putting the Tigers up 7-0 after the extra point with 2:22 left in the first quarter. It took less than four minutes of the second for Ardmore to extend its lead as Creed Cox broke free for a 76-yard touchdown run to make it 13-0. Tevun Thammavongsa then showed his heart as the Jets quarterback orchestrated a long sustained drive which was finished off by a two yard touchdown run to make it 13-6 at the 3:09 mark of the second quarter. But just before the break, Anton Scallion gave Ardmore some breathing room with a three yard plunge to make it 20-6 going into the locker room. Scallion got his second touchdown of the night 57 seconds into the third quarter to make it 27-6, before Derick Peters got on the board with an 18-yard touchdown scamper to make it 34-6. Ardmore nearly made it 41-6 when Raven Henderson had a long punt return, but he was judged out at the one foot line. Kyle Arneecher then took full advantage of the field position and pushed his way in for the touchdown to finish off the scoring.