The Tigers will again bring a triple option attack designed to get a wealth of talented running backs — including seniors Devron Roberts and Jamarcus Mills and sophomore O.J. Walker — alone in the open field.
“They’re still running that triple option out of the flex-bone that is really, really difficult to prepare for in one week, mainly just because it’s so unorthodox,” Weber said. “Not many people run the triple option any more. Most people are spreading it out and throwing it around. Luckily, we’ve seen two option teams in scrimmages so that’s helped a little bit, but Ardmore doesn’t run it exactly like those teams do.”
Weber and company aren't exactly strangers to the option attack. Weber and several members of his family played or coached at Davis High School, which is well known for its vaunted option offenses throughout the years.
“Coming from an option background in high school, we understand why people do it. It forces you to play good assignment football, and if a kid does the wrong assignment, they’re typically going to make a big run. You don’t want to let any of the Ardmore kids get free because they can take it the distance on any mental error,” he said.
Back to run the option show for Ardmore is sophomore quarterback Clay Atwood, who played much of the second half as a freshman during last year’s clash with Ada.
“His dad is a former coach, he’s a really good wrestler and he’s a really good operator of their offense. Plus he throws the ball a little better than the kid they had last year,” Weber said. “They have some kids out there on the flank they’re not scared to throw it to. Just like the running backs, they also have a chance to take it the distance at any time. You have to be sound all the way around on defense.”