NOBLE — A silent hush fell over Noble Stadium after Ardmore senior running back Kobe Pickens fell to the field.
Pickens was injured after he ran a toss to the right side on the fifth play of the varsity portion of Friday evening’s scrimmage between Ardmore and Noble.
Coaches quickly attended to Pickens who remained on the ground for about 15 minutes, his head facing the sky.
After medical personnel placed his left arm into an air cast, Pickens was subsequently moved onto a stretcher and transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
Ardmore proceeded to breathe a collective sigh of relief for its emotional leader.
A preliminary diagnosis revealed no torn ligaments in his left elbow, only a dislocation. He is expected to be re-evaluated in two weeks.
“We love that kid,” Ardmore coach Josh Newby said. “He’s a huge part of the team. When I was coming to him, I was afraid that it was going to be a big-time broken bone. I think we are fortunate that it was just a dislocation.”
Pickens’ injury halted what had been a dominant scrimmage up to that point for Ardmore’s first team.
Ardmore’s running backs ran with power, bulldozing their way for several long runs.
Junior Chantz Scurry had waited behind a stable of running backs last year.
Using all of his 6-foot, 184-pound frame, he got off three long runs on the Tigers’ initial offensive series.
The first play after Pickens went down with his injury, Scurry shed jersey and ankle tackles for a 26-yard gain to the Bears’ 1-yard line. He also had runs of 9 and 27 yards on the same series.
“To wait behind (last year’s running backs), I think I really learned a lot from them,” Scurry said.
Sophomore Cameron Petties complimented Scurry well in the backfield, using his physical style of running to pick up gains of 25 and 47 yards.
A big test was passed Thursday by Ardmore senior quarterback Anthony Kimmons, who takes over under center for three-year starter Clay Atwood.
On the second play of the Tigers’ second offensive series, Kimmons floated a fade pass to the right sideline in stride to Roberts for a 27-yard gain.
“I was a little nervous at first, but after the first couple of snaps, I felt good,” Kimmons said.
Roberts was a versatile contributor for Ardmore on Thursday.
He caught a 27-yard fade pass from Kimmons, ran for touchdowns of 3 and 23 yards and hauled in two interceptions — the first of which he jumped in front of a Noble receiver inside Ardmore territory.
“I thought Chantz Scurry ran really hard and well and I thought Cameron Petties ran really hard and well,” Newby said. “Jordan Roberts stepped up. I was really proud of the offensive line. Their effort was great, but we still have a long ways to go with our execution of what we’re trying to do. Still, I’m proud of them.”
Defensively, Ardmore was relentless with its pressure to Noble’s quarterback.
Senior defensive end Sevin Franklin was in on four sacks and was joined by sophomore Sitani Lemeki in the backfield on several rushes to the Bears’ quarterback.
Inside pressure by Johnson and Petties forced an off-target throw on one play.
On the opposite end of the defensive line, fellow senior Tyreece Lott’s speed off the edge forced Noble into some plays for negative yardage or off-target passes.
On the scrimmage’s final play, Lott’s pressure created an interception for Roberts.
“Overall, I thought it was a good first scrimmage ,” he said. “I saw the ball on the ground one time. That disappoints me. But overall, I thought our attitude and our effort was good.”
Ardmore will scrimmage Chickasha on its new turf field at 6 p.m. Thursday.