“It’s put up or shut up” time for the Durant Lions
The Lions face-off against district foe Tulsa Memorial Chargers
by By Randy Bruce Sports Editor
The Durant Lions (1-4, 0-2) will face-off in a must win district game against Tulsa Memorial Chargers (3-2, 1-1) this Friday night at Paul Laird Field at 7:30 p.m.
The Charges is one the most scariest type teams to face. They are a up and down team. One week they win, the next week they lose.
Last week the Chargers beat Noble to the tune of 40-22 and the week before they loss to Shawnee 63-33.
The Lions defense will have to be on their toes to stop this streaky team that is averaging 42 points a game.
“Our defense will have to eliminate their big plays. Their gonna make them because they have such great athletes, but we have to limit on how many they make,” said Durant Lions head coach Byron Cordell.
The Lions offense will have to find some kind of balance, the running game has been held in check in the last two weeks.
“First off, we got to run the football and punch the ball in the endzone. We haven’t ran the football well in the last two weeks,” said Cordell. “Couple weeks ago we were behind and trying to dig out of a hole. But last week we just didn’t get it done. We’ve got the be able to run the football, that’s the key to the game for us.”
The Lions have had a “good week of practice” and as Cordells says, “It’s put up or shut up” this week.
“If we want to get in the playoffs, we’ve got to win. When your 0-2, in district, every game is a big game. We have to win at least four out five,” said Cordell. “We got to get it done, no excuses. We have to play better. We have been up and down. Good on offense one game, bad on defense. Then we are good on defense and bad on offense.”
It has seemed like the football gods have been playing nasty tricks on the Lions.
Last week the referees all but cheated the Lions in 21-0 loss against Bishop Kelley. In previous weeks, the Lions have been in every game, just losing by a mere five points or less.
“We have been close too many times. All close does is get you a loss,” said Cordell.
The Durant Lions have been playing lights out this year, but haven’t gotten over the hump. This is a game the Lions can and must win. Time for the football gods to cut the Lions a break.
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