Ardmore football's great season ends with loss to Bishop McGuinness

Beau Bearden
The Daily Ardmoreite
Ardmore senior Evan Smith runs the ball Friday night during a 56-21 loss to Bishop McGuinness.

As the old saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.”

That still doesn’t make it any easier, especially when a squad has the talent to make a deep playoff run.

The Ardmore High School football team accomplished a lot this year, but their successful season ended Friday night with a 56-21 loss to Bishop McGuinness in in the first round of the 5A state playoffs at Noble Stadium.

“Bishop McGuinness played in the state championship four of the last five seasons — they’re an incredible group,” said Tigers head coach Josh Newby. “They have a great offensive line, an amazing tailback, a great scheme and they’re well coached. We just didn’t play well tonight. And they did.”

Ardmore couldn’t find an answer for the Irish’s talented offense as they jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back.

The Tigers tallied their first points on CJ Williams’ six-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 14 points with 8:08 remaining in the first half. However, McGuinness responded again before Cal Swanson found Jalen Reed on a 10-yard scoring strike for a 28-14 deficit.

That was as close as the game would get though, as Ardmore didn’t score again until the fourth quarter on another Swanson to Reed touchdown with 5:43 remaining.

Only one of those two Tigers will be back next year, as Reed is among 23 seniors that will move on to the next part of their lives.

“It’s a great group of seniors,” Newby said. “I’m going to struggle when they walk across the graduation stage. It’s been an amazing group. They’ve led Ardmore to a 9-2 record and represented the school really well. Tonight wasn’t just our night, but it’s a super good group. A lot of those seniors have extremely bright futures of playing college football and becoming great students at different universities.”