By Randy Bruce Sports Editor
November 9, 2013
DURANT - The Durant Lions ended the 2013 football season on high note as they tore through Tulsa Hale Rangers 54-20 on Senior Night at Paul Laird Field on Friday.
It was the last time Durant seniors would put on a Durant Lion uniform. They made it a rememberable one.
“I’m very proud of them. They didn’t make many mistakes, we just got after them.” said Durant’s head coach Byron Cordell.”
Tulsa Hale didn’t have a answer for Durant’s senior RB Kooper Cavender as he stole the Senior Night show. Cavender ripped through the Rangers’ defense for 150 yards and five touchdowns.
“I’m so proud of Kooper. We told told him that tonight we are going to get him a 100 yards.” said Cordell.
Senior QB Zac Cater went 14-of-16, 262 yards and two touchdowns. Cater finished the season with 2,765 passing yards and 30 TDs.
“Cater will make some college next year a very good quarterback.” Cordell said.
Skye Lowe caught six passes for 127 yards and one touchdown. Lowe finished the season with 1,001 yards and eight touchdowns. His teammate senior Brandon Maynard caught 2 passes for 53 yards and one touchdown on Friday night and ended the season with 736 yards receiving with 10 touchdowns.
The Lions wasted little time putting points on the board.
The game began with a Tulsa Hale fumble on the opening kick-off. Durant recovered and scored one play when Cater found Maynard for a 46-yard touchdown to give the Lions a 6-0 lead.
Durant took the ball the over again after a turnover-on-downs by the Rangers at the Tulsa’s 30-yard line. The drive was capped of by Cavender with a 8-yard rushing touchdown. The Lions led 13-0.
The Rangers would give the ball up again a few minutes later. The Lions drove down the field and Cavender scored his second touchdown with a 14-yard scamper to give the Lions a 19-0 lead. Tulsa would score in the closing seconds of the first quarter and cut into the Lions lead, 19-8.
The Lions began it’s next scoring drive from the its 41-yard line in the first quarter and finished it the opening minutes of the second quarter behind another Cavender rushing touchdown. Then Tulsa would answer back with a touchdown. The Lions led 25-14.
The Lions countered with a touchdown when Cater found Lowe in the endzone that extended the Lions lead to 33-14.
Just before halftime, Cater cooled down his arm and warmed up his legs when he ran for 56-yard touchdown to give the Lions a 39-14 lead headed into halftime.
Halfway through the third quarter, the Rangers were driving down the field when Durant’s Seth White stepped in front of a pass for a interception that put the ball on Tulsa’s 37-yard line. One play later, Cavender found a hole that the offensive line gave him and he ran unfettered for a 37-yard touchdown. The Lions led 47-14 at the end of the fourth quarter.
The Lions defense came up big again in the fourth quarter. Tulsa was threatening to score at the Lions 38-yard line when Caleb Anthony grabbed a interception at the sideline and ran it back to 50-yard line.
Then Cavender broke free for a 49-yard run to the Rangers’ 1-yard line. Cavender finished want he started when he punched in his fifth touchdown on the night. The Lions beat down the Rangers, 54-20.