Ardmore Tigers Football Feature – Presented by Excel Therapy

Ardmore Tigers

Coach: JOSH NEWBY 

Schedule:

9-6 – at Ada

9-13 – vs. Durant 

9-20 – vs. McAlester 

9-27 – at MacArthur 

10-4 – at Altus 

10-11 – vs. El Reno 

10-17 – vs. Southeast 

10-25 – at Duncan 

11-1 – vs. Noble 

11-8 – at Western Heights 

Quick Hits: 

The Tigers 13 wins were the most in a season since the 1992 team finished 14-0 with a state championship under head coach Ronnie Tipps. 

Ardmore graduated an incredible senior class in 2018. Eight players signed Letters of Intent with NCAA-Division 2 programs and two more signed in the NJCAA at NEO. 

Ardmore and Altus are in the same district for the 24th time in 26 years. The Tigers have won three in a row in the series and hold a 16-7 advantage during that time span.   

Last 6 Years:

2018 – 13-1

2017 – 9-3 

2016 – 10-3

2015 – 8-3 

2014 – 11-2 

2013 – 8-3 

OFFENSE 

In his 21 years at Ardmore (five as head man), coach Josh Newby has seen a lot of players come and go. Last year’s Class 5A state runner-up graduated some talented athletes but Newby likes what he has seen in spring practice and fully expects this group to compete in a tough district. Creed Cox (5-10, 175, Sr.) will quarterback the Tigers as they look to run the flex offense with a multiple-set option. Donald May (5-10, 170, Jr.) could have a breakout season in this offense as he looks to make himself a household name in Ardmore. Jamaare Williams (5-10, 175, Sr.) is another tailback looking to tally yards and put touchdowns on the board this season. Running back Derick Peters (6-0, 170, Sr.) adds another element to the offense with Raven Henderson (6-2, 170, Sr.) making plays in the passing game as one of the team’s sure-handed receivers. Ethan Lyles (6-1, 245, Sr.) must help younger, more inexperienced offensive linemen become every-down blockers for the Tigers to be successful. 

DEFENSE 

Lyles will also play on the D-line at end, giving the Tigers a leader and a gamer on both sides of the ball. Preston Pickens (6-0, 220, Jr.) is one tough linebacker. This kid plays with reckless abandon and flies around the football. Marcus Walker (5-10, 175 Sr.) brings physicality to the field for Ardmore. His ability to play a tough brand of football can set the tone for the defense. CJ Landrum (6-1, 300, So.) is young, but plays with confidence in his ability to get to the quarterback. Greg Booker (6-0, 185, Sr.) is a rangy defensive end who can set the edge for the Tigers. May will play both sides of the ball, moving to free safety on defense. The Tigers plan to run the 3-4. “We’re extremely excited about the 2019 season,” Newby said. “Our kids are having a tremendous spring and summer. This group of players are excited to prove themselves in this tough 5A-1 district.”