Lions in district showdown against Shawnee

By Randy Bruce Sports Editor

October 24, 2013

This week’s Friday night match-up features the Durant Lions hitting the road in a district showdown against Shawnee Wolves.

Shawnee (5-2, 3-1) is coming off a dominating, 42-10, victory over Tulsa Bishop Kelley (5-2, 3-1) last week and Durant (1-6, 0-4) suffered a loss to McAlester (6-1, 4-0).

Durant head coach Byron Cordell say they will have to “play perfect” in order to get a win.

“We gotta play perfect in all phases of the game. We have to play better on defense. The biggest problem is that we have had so many injuries that we had to move a lot of kids around and some make mistakes.” said Cordell, “We got a couple back (on defense), Hunter Wines and Gabe Lewis that missed last week.”

The Wolves defense is stingy and gives up an average of 18 points a game. But the Lions passing offense is red hot behind the QB Zac Cater and his trio of wide receivers and a running game that came to life last week could give Shawnee some troubles.

“Offensively, we got keep doing what we’ve been doing. Putting points on the board and not turn the ball over. Then on special teams, we can’t give up any points.” said Cordell.

Cater is on the brink of throwing for 2,000 yards this season, he should break that barrier this Friday night. Cater has passed for 1,973 yards and 22 TDs.

Also, the Lions could be looking at a wide receiver hitting a 1,000 yards before the season is over. WR Skye Lowe has been a thorn-in-the-side of many defenses this year, catching 51 passes for 708 yards and 6 TDs. And Brandon Maynard has caught 38 passes for 564 yards and 8 TDs. Layton Tubbs has been solid as Cater’s third target with 22 catches for 309 yards and 4 TDs.

However, the Wolves can light up a scoreboard, averaging 33 points per-game. This will be a challenge for injury riddle Durant defense. The Lions will have to try to contain Shawnee’s offense to have a chance to win the ball game.

With the football season winding down, there are only three games left to play. This would be a good place to start a three game winning streak by the Lions. Remembering current history, the Lions went to Ardmore and shut down a highly ranked team with 9-7 win earlier this season.