There were times that Ardmore looked like they had brought a bazooka to a gun fight on Friday.
Their wealth of attacking options was evident in a 35-7 win against Chickasha to mark their Homecoming night. Four different players scored their five touchdowns on a Fightin’ Chicks defense that came up big on more than one occasion.
Chickasha’s reliance on Taray Thomas (142 yards on 37 carries) for a spark was no more evident than in the first half. Often starting drives in the wildcat formation, Thomas took direct snaps in every direction. He rushed 19 times in the first half alone.
In contrast, Ardmore divided 18 carries amongst four players, three of which contributed to the Tigers’ total. Kevion McGee (92 yards on 5 carries) had two touchdowns, the first on a sweep left for 28 yards. It followed a Chickasha fumble, offering shades of last week’s struggles against Duncan. But it was their only turnover of the half.
That didn’t stop the Tigers from coming strong when they did get the ball. McGee got his second on another sweep left for 42 yards to start the second quarter. He emerged from a crowd on an option play and went to the house untouched.
Quarterback Clay Atwood kept it himself to power through from four yards to make it 21-0 Ardmore midway through the second quarter.
Chickasha was able to put drives together, but always seemed to fall just short. Ardmore scored again right before the half, Kobe Pickens going down the left flank, again, for a 34 yard score. The Tigers were just outgunning Chickasha left and right.
But they took a gift in the third quarter. Atwood’s pass to the flats was deflected high in the air and intercepted by Keenan Richardson. A facemask penalty took Chickasha to the Tiger 19 yard line and it was all Thomas from there. A three yard touchdown run had Chickasha on the board.
Their defense held steady as well, sending Ardmore away from the red zone with nothing on two consecutive occasions.