Roark will have his game face on around 7 p.m. tonight. And he will be roaring like a Tiger.
“Although we are playing my alma mater and a program that did a lot for me, I have to do my best to treat this just like any other game. We are there to take care of business,” he said.
Roark said he’s enjoyed working with the Tiger football program during the preseason and No. 9 Ardmore could be a sleeper in Class 5A.
“ My expectations for this seasons are very high. Just like I was taught as a Cougar — to play for the gold ball every year — I feel that I have that same expectation as a coach. My expectations are that we will be in a position to have a chance to win the gold ball.,” he said. “Does that mean I'm saying we are going to be state champs? That's a bold statement, and no we are not there yet. But if we continue to grow as a team, can stay healthy, and have a few things fall our way — just like every champ needs — I feel like we can put ourselves in a position to be right in the mix of things. I feel that this should be our expectation on a yearly basis.”
Roark said he feels like both Ardmore and Ada have respect for one another, even though the two schools are considered rivals.
“I feel like the Ardmore-Ada rivalry has always been more of a respect rivalry than a hatred rivalry,” he explained. “The best example I can think of is the OU-Nebraska rivalry back in the day was a respect rivalry where the OU-Texas rivalry would be a hatred rivalry . Or Ada-McAlester for that matter. I think this rivalry has always been and continues to be one in which both teams respect each other and expect the best from each other.”
So who’s going to win tonight?
“Fans are in for a treat. We will be ready just like Ada will ,and I expect this to be a great game. I am very excited for (tonight),” Roark said.
I’m sure I can speak for most Ada fans. We wish the best for Roark during his continued coaching career. But we hope he’s really disappointed around 10 p.m. tonight.