ARDMORE, OK ---Lots of good coming in 2013 for the Ardmore Tigers, they'd finish their regular season 8-2 and clinch a home playoff game for the first time in the Doug Wendel era. They did lose that game and with it a lot of talent.
"A lot of seniors graduated last year. We've got a lot of freshman stepping up, so we're going to try to make it the best, try to do what we can," Ardmore senior corner back/wide receiver Kevion McGee said.
There are only seven seniors on this years' squad down a very low number for a class 5A team. But they'll take the quality over quantity.
"The seven seniors that are on the team, we all start, we all do hard work, we get after it," Ardmore senior lineman Michael Nichols said.
The goals don't change much from year to year, it's usually always the same.
"We want to compete for a district championship. We want to have a home playoff game. We really just want to be as good as we can be. We've got, we've returned some really good football players, we've got, we feel like we've got two of the best corners in the state," Ardmore head coach Doug Wendel said,
They know they'll have their hands full taking on some of the most premier programs in the state like Lawton MacArthur and Del City. They also know what it will take to get it done.
"We need to work on effort, just everybody putting in, everybody just working hard every play, no plays off," McGee said.
"Some of the younger kids are going to have to step up, but they've had a great work ethic and feel like we're moving forward," Wendel said.
The Tigers kick off their season on September 5 against Ada.