McAlester rolls over Lions, 59-29
by By Randy Bruce Sports Editor
MCALESTER - The Lions dropped to 1-6 on the season and 0-4 in district after a devastating 59-29 loss to the McAlester Buffaloes (6-1, 4-0) on Thursday night.
The Buffaloes ripped through a injury riddled Durant defense with a running game that produce two running backs with over 100 yards each.
Lions’ QB Zac Cater was harassed all night by relentless pass rush and was sacked five times. Cater did finish the night 22-36, 279 yards and 3 TDs. Skye Lowe led the receiver group with 7 catches for 118 yards and TD. And running back Kooper Cavender rushed for 91 yards on 21 attempts.
Durant started the game with a onside kick and recovered the ball at the McAlester’s 49-yard line. Then they drove down the field and kicked a field goal for the game’s first score. But McAlester would return the kick-off for a 64-yard touchdown and led 7-3.
Durant would would finish a 8-play drive on it’s next possession with a touchdown pass from Cater to Tyler Stovall to recapture the lead 9-7. That would the last lead Durant would have.
The Buff’s would answer back with a lengthy drive that ended on 23-yard rushing touchdown. After a Durant punt, it took only one play for McAlester to scored it’s next touchdown. The McAlester running back found a huge hole and ran untouched for a 81-yard touchdown. The Buff’s led 21-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Durant opened the the second quarter with a stalled drive and had to punt. Then McAlester ran two plays, in which one of went for a 80-yard rushing touchdown.
Durant cut into the lead with 12-play drive that ended when Cater targeted Trey Hunt in the endzone for a touchdown. Durant trailed 28-16.
Then McAlester took over and scored the game’s next three touchdowns. A 3-yard rushing TD, a 69-yard passing TD and with 5 seconds left in the half, the Buff’s scored on a 65-yard TD pass. The Lions trailed 49-16 at halftime.
The Buff’s would score 10 more points in the third quarter that gave them a 59-16 led.
Durant would scored twice in the fourth quarter with a rushing touchdown form Cater and he would later connect with Lowe for a touchdown pass in the final minutes of the game.
The Lions will stay on the road next Friday night when they play a tough district team in the Shawnee Wolves. Shawnee is 5-2 on the season and has a 3-1 district record. The Wolves have won it’s last two games with wins over Bishop Kelley, 42-10, and Skiatook 42-7.
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