EL RENO — As he listened to the contributions of each player, Ardmore coach Josh Newby’s smile grew wider.
Class 5A’s No. 6 Ardmore (3-1 overall, 1-0 District 5A-2) rolled to 459 rushing yards, the defense forced El Reno into five turnovers and also got a rare punt return for a touchdown.
Ardmore did a little bit of everything in a 68-14 rout of El Reno Friday at Memorial Stadium in the District 5A-1 opener for both teams.
This performance comes one week after the Tigers lost 38-21 to No. 2 Carl Albert.
“The staff challenged the kids to ‘Let’s work on us,’ and they bought into it,” Newby said. “I think that we improved this week.”
It didn’t take long for the Tigers’ offense to bust out a big play — one play, to be exact.
Chantz Scurry broke free of an ankle tackle 15 yards up field and outran the El Reno defense for a 75-yard touchdown just 20 seconds into the game. .
Scurry touched the ball four times rushed for a team-high 173 yards with touchdown runs of 75 and 88 yards.
“I’ve got to give props to my linemen,” Scurry said. “They’re great guys.”
Kobe Pickens rushed for 83 yards on three carries, including a 50-yard touchdown run in the first quarter that put Ardmore on top 14-0.
“We were really explosive,” Pickens said. “Everybody was blocking. We played good. We came and did what we need to do.”
The long runs kept coming.
Cameron Petties added an 11-yard touchdown run, Scurry followed with an 88-yard run, Jordan Roberts ran from 43 yards out on his only carry of the game and Brandon Sheehy carried the ball up the middle for a 19-yard as the Tigers built a 55-0 halftime lead.
Ardmore’s passing game got into the act, too.
Already leading 28-0, Ardmore quarterback Anthony Kimmons completed the Tigers’ only pass attempt of the game to Braeden Vance for a 14-yard score less than a minute into the second quarter.
The score came 10 seconds after Scurry’s 88-yard run. A fumble on the ensuing was recovered by Ardmore at the El Reno 14. Ardmore took a five-touchdown lead moments later.
Ardmore played four quarterbacks. Kimmons and Tero Roberts split reps in the first half. Nathan Taylor entered the game in the third quarter. Bryce Tibbs received playing time in the fourth.
Defensively, the Tigers defended the Indians’ option well and limited the Indians to 152 yards of total offense.
“We did a real good job of defending that,” said Diondre Scott, who forced the first of five El Reno turnovers, when he knocked the ball out of the hands of an El Reno receiver after produced a 20-yard gain in the first quarter. “Coach Newby had been on us about this all week. So, we did real good.”
The biggest smile on Newby’s face came when asked about his special teams unit.
Roberts returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown less than three minutes into the second quarter, a play that gave Ardmore a 42-0 lead.
“We hadn’t probably got a punt return touchdown in about three years,” Newby said. “It’s good to see that. Tero is just a sophomore and has the guts to catch it. I’m proud of Tero on that.”