By Randy Bruce
Momma said there would be days like these. In this case, a bad night.
Nothing went right for the Durant Lions (1-4) on Friday night, as district foe Tulsa Bishop Kelley Comets (3-2) rolled to 38-6 victory.
The Comets defense stymied the Lions offense to just 65 total offensive yards and the Comets shredded the Lions defense for 451 total yards. Comets put up 320 rushing yards and 131 passing yards.
The Lions never could get momentum against the blitz loving defense of the Comets.
Lions QB Zac Cater was pressured all night and the offense couldn’t get in rhythm. Cater struggled going 5-for-13 for 10 yards passing and one INT . Comets contained Dakota Diessner to 71 yards rushing and a TD, he led his team all-purpose yards with 84. Hunter Stephens had three catches for 9 yards and a 36 yard kickoff return.
The Comets would score first on a 12 play drive that ended with a 30 yard FG. Durant would go three-and-out on it’s first possession and punted.
With 5:48 remaining in the first quarter, the Comets would hold on the ball into the second quarter and finish off the long drive, that had five consecutive penalties in which second down was replayed five times, with 5 yard rushing TD. Comets led 10-0 at the 10:54 mark in the second quarter.
Then the Comets pulled out the old onside kick from its bag of tricks…and it worked. After the Comets recovered the onside kick, Bishop Kelley took over at the Lions 48 yard line. Nine plays later the Comets put up another rushing TD with 7:58 remaining and extended its lead 17-0 over Durant.
The Lions showed some life and answered back with a nine play drive that consumed over three minutes. With passes to Brandon Maynard and Stephens, with help of two big runs by Diessner, the Lions were on the nine yard line when Diessner pounded the ball into endzone for a TD. They would miss the extra point and trailed 17-6.
The rest of the game belonged the Comets. They would score 21 unanswered points to steal a district game from Durant.
The Lions will pack their bags next Friday and head off to play Tulsa Memorial, kick-off time 7:30 p.m.