The Durant Lions (1-3, 0-1 district) suffered another nail-biting loss, 48-43, in their Homecoming game against district foe Skiatook Bulldogs on Friday night at Paul Laird Field.
Despite career high numbers by senior QB Zac Cater and WR Skye Lowe, the Lions couldn’t stop the Bulldogs’ bruising ground game.
“Zac played his guts out,” said Durant’s head coach Byron Cordell. “He could barely talk because he was so tired.”
Cater put up Peyton Manning like numbers going 37-52 with 427 passing yards, 6 TDs and one rushing touchdown. Lowe was on the receiving end of 16 catches, 183 yards and TD.
Brandon Maynard finished the night with 8 catches for 101 yards and 2 TDs and teammate Layton Tubbs had 7 catches for 83 yards and 2 receiving TDs.
“I take full responsibility for this game. I didn’t do a very good job preparing the team,” said Cordell. “We didn’t have a good week of practice. Practice and play are the same. And I have to give credit to Skiatook.”
The Bulldogs countered with a run game that ripped through the Lions defense and produced 442 rushing yards and 5 TDs. Skiatook only threw the ball eight times, but two were for touchdowns.
“On defense, we’ve got to find some guys that will step up and do what they are coached to do,” said Cordell. “We are playing with great effort, but effort doesn’t get you the win. And on offense, we made too many mistakes and the kicking game only made one extra-point all night and that’s not just kicking, that’s going for 2-point conversions. I believe we would have won the ball game if we made a few of them.”
The Bulldogs looked like they were going to walk away with an easy win. In the first quarter the Bulldogs scored 16 unanswered points and they scored in the beginning minutes in the second quarter to give Skiatook a 22-0 lead.
Durant got on the scoreboard minutes afterwards with a 9-play drive that ended with a touchdown pass from Cater to Tubbs and the Lions trailed 22-7. However, Skiatook broke a 70-yard rushing touchdown to extend the their led 29-7.
Cater would find Tubbs again for another touchdown on their next possession and the Lions trailed 29-13 at the half.
The Lions wasted little time in the opening minutes of the third quarter and drove down the field to set up a touchdown pass to Maynard as the Lions cut into Skiatook’s lead, 29-19.
The Lions had clawed back into the game and were within four points of Skiatook after a 33-yard touchdown pass to Lowe. The Lions trailed 29-25.
The Bulldogs came back with a 46-yard bomb for a touchdown, then Durant answered with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Maynard and the Bulldogs led 35-31. And at the end of the third quarter the Bulldogs scored again, to take a 41-31 lead into the final frame.
The Lions took its fourth quarter opening drive down the field in 10 plays and Cater scored on a quarterback sneak. But the Bulldogs busted another long running play for a touchdown just minutes later and led 48-37. The Lions got a late touchdown, but Skiatook went on to beat the Lions 48-43.
Durant hits the road this Friday to play Tulsa Bishop Kelley (3-1, 1-0 dist.), with kick-off time at 7:30 p.m. The Comets defeated Tulsa Hale 58-0 on Friday.