Lions vs Tigers: A rivalry showdown
by By Randy Bruce Sports Editor
The Durant Lion footballers hit the road this Friday to play against it hated rival the Ardmore Tigers. Ardmore is coming off a 25-19 win last week over Ada and the Lions lost in a double OT game in Poteau, 43-42.
The opening day loss for Durant is just merely a bump in the road as the Lions look to get it’s first win of the season. Nothing would be better or finer, than to get that first win at Ardmore’s expense.
The opening game for the Lions saw Zac Cater spread the ball around to his receivers and running game that came to life. But there were small mistakes that kept the Lions out of the win column.
“It was a great high school football game, but unfortunately someone had to lose and it was us,” said Lions head coach Byron Cordell. “They guys played hard and we played pretty good most of the time. But there were plays that we didn’t make. Offensively, when we had to move the ball - we didn’t get it done in the fourth quarter. We had some penalties, some busted plays that hurt us. And on defensive, we had them down 3 and 20 and we had a bust in the secondary, so we hurt ourselves.”
Last week the defense caused four turnovers and that’s what coach Cordell is looking for to happen against Ardmore this Friday.
“Turnovers is something we are emphasizing. We do want we call the “County Fair” every Monday. We have a turnover circuit/tackle circuit. In the our scrimmage and against Poteau we forced eight turnovers. And we also need to get three-and-outs on defense. We never made Potuea punt,” said Cordell.
The Ardmore Tigers will put the Lions to test, but the Lions have something else besides just talent…they have hate.
“They are fast, strong, well coached..it’s Ardmore. The one thing we have going for us is that our kids don’t like them. We didn’t like them past and we don’t like now. It’s a big rivalry game for us.” said Cordell.
Last week Ada gifted the Tigers four turnovers and returned a kick-off for a touchdown. “You can’t kick to them. You gotta make them put the ball on the ground and control their speed. And we have to limit their big plays and make them do something that they don’t like to do,” said Cordell.
The Lions may look to pound the ball against the Tigers speedy defense. “We going to have to line up and run right at them. You can’t run sideways, because of their team speed. And we have to control the clock and keep their offense off the field,” said Cordell.
This should be a smashmouth showdown this Friday,
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