ADA, OK - Rivalry match-ups may be one of the most exciting things about sports. And the Ardmore-Ada rivalry is no exception.
"Everyone around the community knows it is Ada vs. Ardmore rivalry for, I don't even know how long. To be a part of that game is just exciting," said Ardmore senior, OJ Walker.
"It is neat for the school district, and for the team. And everyone is excited, Ada is excited too," reiterated Ardmore head coach, Josh Newby.
"I am ready to go. We have been practicing, working hard, all the scrimmages, I am done with that. I am ready to go beat Ardmore," said Ada senior, Shiloh Windsor.
"If I could do 6,000 lbs of bench press right now, that is how pumped I am right now," exclaimed Ada senior, Gabriel Windsor.
The importance of this game is not centered around a district or state title but history that dates back to the early 20th century.
"It dates back to 1922, and I was so shocked. To be a part of something that has been going on that long, it makes me feel great. It makes me want to work harder and prove myself for something," said Isaiah Clark, Ardmore senior.
"It feels amazing. All the stories you've heard. It makes you want to do as good as the stories you have heard," said Ada senior, Dillon Briggs.
"There is obviously a lot of tradition here and tradition there as well. Our guys are just focused on the game, and focused on their assignments and what they need to do," said Ada head coach, Wade Standley.
ADA leads the series 48-40-2 but lost last year to Ardmore in a 41-32 gridiron battle. With key player and coaching changes for both teams, this season it is anyone's ball game.
"Ada is just traditionally incredible, and we would like to even that match back up," said Coach Newby.
"I have only been here two years, and I have not been able to beat them yet. I am looking for that 'W' this year, we are going to get that 'W' this year," said Simons.
"We are ready. Every year in football you got to prove yourself and nothing is given to you. And we are going to go out there and give it our best," Clark said.
"We are hyped. We don't want to practice anymore, we want to play," Briggs asserted.