TULSA - The Durant Lions (1-4, 0-2) juggernaut offense was shut down by district foe Bishop Kelley Comets (4-1, 2-0) on Friday night in a 21-0 loss at Comets Stadium.
Miscues and a few questionable referee calls haunted the Lions offense. Off target throws, multiple dropped balls by receivers, three turnovers and a running game that totalled only 49 yards all contributed to the loss.
“They are very well coached and solid at everything. They’ve got some real good players,” said Durant’s head coach Byron Cordell. “We had three turnovers. Two interceptions in the end zone and another one down the field that cost us the ball game. I am very proud of the effort of my kids, they played their guts out. There wasn’t any quit in any of my players.”
The referees didn’t make the game any easier for the Lions as Cordell explains, “The officials didn’t cost us the ball game and I’ve never said anything about officiating, but I’m gonna say it tonight. It was terrible. It was as bad as I have ever been around in my 13 years as a head coach. The Tulsa Kelley coach, a good friend of mine, comes up to me and apologized for them (referees) for being so bad.” Cordell continues, “What am I supposed to tell my kids, when you teach them to respect adults and authority. You try to teach them to do the right thing and the right thing wasn’t done to them.”
The Lions defense held Tulsa to seven points in the first half and continued the fight in the second half. But the Comets had a big 71-yard rushing touchdown and 23-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter.
Lions defense held Comets passing game in check, but their running game produced 258 yards and three touchdowns.
“Our defense played their hearts out. The problem is that when the offense is on, the defense has been off. Tonight the defense was on but didn’t get any help from the offense. We are going to get it together,” said Cordell. “We have a good football team. I believe in these young men. They have a lot of heart, character and courage. And they will keep showing heart, character, courage and represent Durant High School in the right way. They make the community proud and make the parents proud.”
Durant QB Zac Cater was hassled by a relentless Comet defense. Cater finished the night 24-45, 198 yards, 3 INTs and sacked four times. WR Tyler Stovall came through with 10 catches for 76 yards, Brandon Maynard had 7 catches for 66 yards and Skye Lowe caught 5 passes for 52 yards. Cater also led the team in rushing with 40 yards.
Durant’s next game is at home this Friday against another district team in Tulsa Memorial (3-2, 1-1). Kick-off time is 7:30 p.m. at Paul Laird Field.