ARDMORE, OK - The Ardmore Tigers have a rich football tradition, but it has been a long time since they brought home that gold ball to Ardmore and this 2018 team is determined to do that for the first time since 1992.
"I believed in us the whole time even when a lot of people in the state doubted us and now we just have to go out and handle our business like we have been doing," said Ardmore senior lineman Trenzel Johnson.
The 2018 Tigers have made plenty of believers this season on their way to a 13-0 record and while some may have doubted them their head coach Josh Newby is not at all surprised they are in the state championship.
"This group is special, we have put a lot of work into this, we have a championship locker room in my opinion, great chemistry and these kids are hungry and it is an exciting time," said Ardmore head coach Josh Newby.
"It is a great feeling to know that we have made it this far to play in the state championship, but we do not want to just play in it, we want to win it," said Ardmore senior quarterback Tero Roberts.
Standing in their way will be the only team ahead of them in the state rankings, Carl Albert, but that does not seem to phase Ardmore at all.
"This is what we have been waiting for all year and we just have to go out there and handle our business," said Johnson.
"We want to be the underdogs that is just part of it, we want to be the underdogs so when we win it is more exciting," said Roberts.
Underdogs or not the Tigers plan on making history Friday night and know what this win would mean to their program, their school and the city of Ardmore.
"It would be amazing, we would have a big party with our coaches, our fans and our families all get together, that is the dream," said Johnson.