How hungry are the Tigers to want to continue to improve every day in the weight room?

How much do the Tigers want it more than the other team?

Those two phrases are words of motivation that second-year Ardmore football coach Josh Newby left his Tigers with to conclude Wednesday’s morning session of Summer Pride workouts.

So far, that message has been well-received by the Tigers.

Ardmore had 85 players show up for the first day of summer workouts. Average attendance per day has been anywhere between 70 to 80 Tigers. 

Summer workouts began in June and will conclude in four weeks.

“Everybody is showing up,” Ardmore senior Jordan Roberts said.

Lifting weights and running on the practice field in humid weather is one challenge that has been thrown in the Tigers’ direction.

The challenge has been met with relative ease.

“It’s the same as normal,” Ardmore senior Tay Swindall said. “We’ve been doing this for a long time.”

Many players have increased their bench press, squat and deadlift totals and also improved their conditioning through a series of running drills.

“It is a selfless group,” Newby said. “Something that I am very proud of is the chemistry and the numbers that we have participating right now in summer pride. It’s been a fun group to work with so far this summer.”

These Tigers appear to have good team camaraderie.

Watching the linemen sprint across the sideline on the practice field fired up the other Tigers. Predictions were made amongst the team about who would finish first. Sitani Lemeki defeated Briley Castillo by a step.

A few minutes later, inside the fieldhouse, Ardmore’s senior class was asked of how excited they are for the team’s Sept. 2 season opener against Ada.

In unison, they replied, “We’re ready.”

“Words can’t explain it,” senior Kobe Pickens said. “That’s what makes us so hungry.”