By Jonathan Deal
When Clint Legg took over Ardmore last year, his team goal from the start was clear — get in the playoffs.
A young Ardmore team will compete in the school’s first playoff football game since 2006 tonight when they travel to Munford.
“It’s 0-0 now, everybody is the same,” said Legg. “We don’t have a favorable game (in the first round), but we made our bed and we have to lie in it. Either way, it’s a big step forward for our program to be in this position.”
The Tigers have their work cut out for them against No. 9 Munford (9-1). The Lions went undefeated in 4A Region 5 with their only loss to No. 8 Clay-Central on Sept. 27.
Munford has won five consecutive games since, led by Monteo Garret. The dual-threat quarterback this season passed for 1,470 yards and 17 touchdowns and ran for more than 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns.
“They spread it out and play that way the whole game,” said Legg. “Their quarterback and receiver are the best I’ve seen all year.”
Ardmore will also bring a talented quarterback to Munford. Junior Garrett Miller is the Tigers’ best playmaker this year, accounting for more than 20 touchdowns.
“I knew he would be a big player in what we wanted to do,” said Legg. “He’s one of the guys that has worked really hard since we got here.”
Despite playing one of the best teams in 4A, Legg said his team is focused on pulling off an upset.
“This week of practice is the best week of practice we’ve had since the opening week against Elkmont,” said Legg. “We’ve been practicing at a really fast pace and we expect Munford to play fast.”
No matter what happens, Legg sees bigger things down the road.
“We’re hoping this season is going to be the start of something here,” said Legg. “Only four seniors on our team and we’ll have Garrett and some other key guys coming back next year.”