Not so happy homecoming
The Ardmore Tigers ran the ball — a lot — in their opening district matchup with MacArthur on Friday. And while they only had a few big plays, their consistent four- and five-yard gains slowly took their toll on the Highlanders, as the Tigers spoiled Mac's homecoming, 35-21.
In the first half alone, the Tigers had 35 rushes for 178 yards, an average of just over five yards per rush in building a 14-7 lead. On one drive the Tigers rushed 17 times for 80 yards.
“We just couldn’t stop them,” MacArthur Head Coach Brett Manning said. “It is hard not only on your defense, but your offense as well when you can’t get off the field.”
The Highlanders had a strong opening drive as they moved the ball from their own 42-yard line to inside the Tigers 10, but a bad snap on a field goal attempt snuffed out the drive, giving Ardmore the ball at their own 18-yard line.
Ardmore then drove the ball into the red zone at the Highlanders’ 18-yard line, but a fumble gave Mac back the ball in their own territory.
Four plays later MacArthur returned the favor with a fumble in their own territory, setting up the Tigers in excellent field position at the MacArthur 32.
After an illegal procedure backed the ball up to the 37 yard line, Tiger quarterback Creed Cox found a wide open Raven Henderson for a 37-yard strike and the early 7-0 lead.
The Highlanders though would have a little magic of their own on the following kickoff as senior Aeron Woodson took the ensuing kickoff from his own 2-yard line and raced 98 yards for the tying score.