There are some teams that conjure up good memories when they are mentioned.
There are some teams that conjure up good memories when they are mentioned. In the proud history of the Ardmore Tigers football team, there are several that come to mind from which famous victories have been obtained. But there are other teams that spark bad memories from defeats that have been endured. Bishop McGuinness is one of those teams for Ardmore. At 7 p.m. Friday night at Pribil Stadium in Oklahoma City, the Tigers and the Fighting Irish will renew acquaintances as they meet in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs. The winner of this contest will meet either Tulsa Edison Prep or Pryor in the state quarterfinals next week. These two teams are rich with tradition and success in the playoffs as Ardmore is in the postseason for the 49th time in school history, while the Fighting Irish are making their 33rd playoff appearance. Ardmore has a total of four state titles with the last coming in 1992, while McGuinness has a pair of state titles to its name with the last coming in 2007. All-time the Tigers are 48-46 in the playoffs while the Fighting Irish are 39-31 overall. The last time these teams crossed paths in the postseason was the now infamous 2016 state semifinals contest which was held at Noble High School, where the Tigers let a lead slip late, falling 38-28. “I’m very excited to be in the playoffs with this team,” Ardmore coach Josh Newby said. “Making the postseason isn’t something you take for granted as a coach, and you have to appreciate it. I’m so proud of this group for earning their way throughout district play and finishing like we did.” “Bishop McGuinness is very talented and they are very well coached,” Newby added. “Coach (Bryan) Pierce does a great job with that program. When you talk talent you have to mention their quarterback Luke Tarman who is an incredible athlete. Dominic Richardson is a division one talent who is a difference maker. They have a lot of talent, there’s no doubt, but I like the squad I have in front of me.” This season the Tigers are 6-3 overall, scoring 31.2 points per game while allowing 13.4. McGuinness is 8-2 overall and is scoring 39.4 points per game while allowing 15.6. Last week the Fighting Irish allowed 30 plus points for the first time this season in a 40-0 defeat against Carl Albert, while the Tigers handled Western Heights 41-6 in Oklahoma City. The last time Ardmore opened the playoffs on the road in 2015, they were defeated by Deer Creek in Edmond by a score of 42-37. However, the last time the Fighting Irish lost in the first round of the playoffs came at the hands of the Ardmore Tigers in 2014, when Ardmore won by a score of 47-7. “McGuinness has a really big team, with big physical kids who are coached up,” Newby added. “Our kids know their backs are against the wall. We don’t mind being on the road, and we’re extremely excited about this week.”