2016 Ardmore Tigers football preview
In Josh Newby's first season as the Ardmore football coach, the Tigers didn't miss a beat. Going 8-3 and reaching the 5A state playoffs. This season, the Tigers want more.
"We have pretty high expectations," Senior Kobe Pickens said. "We have to work together as a team and have everybody do their part, play their position and do what they are supposed to do."
"That gold ring really," Senior Jordan Roberts said. "Everybody is doing what they are supposed to do and working as a team. We just have to work hard."
"I feel like this team is finally mine, and these kids know my expectations," Newby said. "You know, we are coming off the best summer we have ever had. That can be argued, but we are coming off a really good summer and I'm excited about this year."
This year, a little competition surrounds the Tiger backfield due to the graduation of 4-year starting quarterback Clay Atwood.
"We've got a competition going on, may the best man win," Newby said.
Newby said he believes the competition will help the team in the long-run.
"It creates an edge in the locker room, creates an edge among the kids and makes the team hungry," Newby said. "I think anytime you have a hungry team you have a chance to be successful."
For the 17 seniors on the squad, 2016 is their final chance to leave their legacy.
"It would mean a lot to me," Pickens said. "I would feel like I did my part, like I left the next class up to do something great."
"For me to help this team go to the next level, I'm going to have to do my part as a corner and running back to push my teammates every day in practice and in games," Roberts said.
"That group of kids is a special group," Newby said. "They have bonded well. I like the chemistry and our locker room chemistry."