SHAWNEE - The Durant Lions (1-7, 0-5) fell short in a district shootout against Shawnee Wolves (6-2, 4-1) Friday night, 56-44.
A scoreless first quarter doomed the Lions at Shawnee. The Wolves went up 28-0 in the first half before the Lions scored their first touchdown.
But once the Durant offense got clicking, Shawnee’s top ranked defense was shredded by QB Zac Cater and WR Skye Lowe.
Cater finished the night in Shawnee 28-of-45, 274 yards and three TDs and Lowe had 12 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown.
The combination of Cater to Lowe has been deadly this season - on paper. Cater now has 2,247 passing yards and 25 TDs and Lowe has caught 63 passes for 841 yards with seven TDs.
WR Brandon Maynard had a good night with five catches for 67 yards and five TDs. And Tyler Stovall was truly special on special teams with an 87-yard kick-off return.
Despite a good offensive night, the game didn’t start of well for the Lions.
Durant would fumble the ball on the opening kick-off and Shawnee quickly scored on one play for a TD. The Lions offense was silent for the entire first quarter and trailed 14-0.
Shawnee scored in the opening minutes of the second quarter and again on its second possession and led 28-0.
Then the Lions offense began to find its rhythm.
Cater put the team on his back and drove down the field in 12 plays that covered 63-yards and ended on 6-yard rushing touchdown by Cater. Lions trailed 28-7.
Durant would cut into the lead again when Cater found a leaping Lowe in the back of the endzone for an 18-yard touchdown.
Shawnee would answer back with 10-yard touchdown pass to pad its lead heading into half, 35-14.
Coming out of the half, Shawnee quickly scored on a 46-yard pitch-and-catch for a touchdown to give the Wolves a 42-14 advantage.
The Lions took over at the 50 yard line and in 6 plays Durant drove down the field when Cater found Maynard in the endzone for a touchdown.
But for every score the Lions made, the Wolves answered. At the end of the third quarter Shawnee led 49-21.
Durant began a drive in the third quarter and finished it off in the early minutes of the fourth quarter when Cater found Layton Tubbs for 7-yard TD pass. The drive covered 75 yards. The Lions trailed 49-28.
The Wolves took over and scored their last touchdown of the night in three plays.
On the ensuing kick-off, Stovall returned it for his 87-yard touchdown. Then in the closing seconds of the game Kooper Cavender scored a five-yard rushing touchdown.
Durant returns home next week when they face off against the Noble Bears. Noble (3-5, 1-4) is coming off a 55-18 win over Tulsa Hale. Kick-off is at 7:30 at Paul Laird Field.