ARDMORE - The Durant Lions (1-1) went on the road and shut down the Ardmore Tigers, 9-7, with strong play from the defense that was led by Blaise Gorges.
Gorges finished the night with 10 tackles and was in on 14 stops, 2 sacks and 6 tackles at the line of scrimmage.
“It’s always sweet to beat the Tigers, they are a very good football team. It was an ugly football game, but it goes to show: An ugly win is better than a beautiful defeat,” said Durant’s head coach Byron Cordell. “It was a great effort by our defense. Time after time our defenses stopped Ardmore when they needed to.”
Ardmore couldn’t get its passing game going with Gorges and Hunter Wines in the back field all night long. Ardmore was 0-for-12 on 3rd down conversions. Wines had 5 tackles and a quarterback sack and Blake Whittington had 3.5 tackles and a sack.
The game was tied at 7 apiece, with 5:28 left in the game when Durant had to punt. The punt stopped at Ardmore’s 16-yard line.
Ardmore’s first play from scrimmage was a fumble and recovered at the 1-yard. Then Ardmore’s quarterback made a pitch to his running back, but he fumbled and recovered. But Gorges was there to make the tackle for the game winning safety.
Durant’s defensive had their way with Ardmore, but the the Tigers shot themselves in foot with penalties that brought back a touchdown and a couple of big plays down the field.
Brandon Maynard was the lone offensive star catching a touchdown pass and turned around and got a interception on defense.
“Brandon is great football player. He had a bum toe and battled through it and made great plays on defense and offense,” said Cordell.
The last Durant victory the Lions didn’t score at least 10 points was in 1998 with a 7-3 win over Guthrie.
“It’s huge to come to Ardmore and face a team that is state ranked and come out with a win,” said Cordell.
The Lions will play its first home game of the season against the Ada Cougars this Friday at Paul Laird Field at 7:30 p.m.