After suffering their first opening night loss since 2012, the Ardmore Tigers will now try to avoid their first losing streak to start the season since 2009.
Ardmore will play its first regular season game of the year inside the friendly confines of Noble Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday night against the Durant Lions.
Last week, both teams had their respective struggles moving the football.
Ardmore’s defense was strong but the Tigers couldn’t capitalize as they were defeated 7-0 against Ada on the campus of East Central University.
Meanwhile the Lions were handed a heavy defeat at home against the Poteau Pirates, losing 40-13.
With both teams entering Friday’s contest looking for their first notch in the win column, Tigers coach Josh Newby was quick to point out that his team would face a motivated opponent in their home opener.
“I know they are going to come into this stadium highly motivated,” Newby said. “Durant has a very good quarterback that has a cannon for an arm, and some very capable receivers. When they were last here two years ago, we were down 17-0 before we could blink, so we need to be ready.
“Our kids have a lot of pride and are willing to improve off of last week’s performance,” Newby added. “We’ve talked about how we need to come out in our home opener and showcase a great product for our fans and for ourselves as well. I think we can expect that Friday night.”
Both Creed Cox and Kyle Arneecher saw time at quarterback last week for the Tigers, both will continue to try and make an impact this week against the Lions.
Last year when these two teams met, the Tigers cruised to a comfortable 48-0 victory at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
When Durant last visited Noble Stadium in 2017, the Lions took a 17-0 lead, before being undone 48-unanswered points, leading to an Ardmore victory.
The last time a Tigers team lost to Durant came in the 2013 season when the Lions took a 9-7 victory in Durant.
Durant has not won in Ardmore since 2007 when the Lions came away with a narrow 33-31 victory.
Ardmore will be back at home again at 7:30 p.m. next Friday night against the McAlester Buffaloes.