ARDMORE, OK -- Head coach Doug Wendel shouldn't have much to worry about this year returning eight starters and several other role players from last season.
"Just about everybody we put on the field has playing experience from last year. We also have talented athletes that have really matured. I think that's going to pay good dividends for us this year," he said. "It's made a big difference in the way that we practice. Our kids understand the sense of urgency. They understand that it's their time now. So it's a different feel out here this year."
"A lot more experience. Last year we played a lot of people who never played a varsity game. and this year pretty much everyone we put on the field will have a whole season," senior receiver Carter Swanson added.
The Tigers have made the playoffs for the past three years straight that streak has sparked an more of an interest in the football program at Ardmore.
"We've got so many more kids out for football now , our numbers are coming up. We feel like, we're still going to have some players play both ways but they're going to have a primary position and a secondary position," Wendel said. "We're hoping were going to be able to play most people one way. We have a couple players that will probably play 50-50. But that's going to make a big difference in how we practice and the way that we play the game"
With most players being able to focus on one position, the Ardmore Tigers hope to avenge last season's first round loss and make the 2013 season one to remember.
"We want to be the best team that we can be going into November. There's some external things that have to so with that, such as injuries and things like that. Things that we can control, we want to be the best team we can be going into November. We absolutely want to vye for a district championship and then see how far we can go in the playoffs," Wendel concluded.