Much like Durant has through the early part of the season, the Coweta Tigers have been in the midst of an offensive transition and are still finding themselves heading into district play.
It’s almost a complete 180 degree transition from the Lions however as they continue to add more rushing to the arsenal.
A year ago the Tigers relied heavily on the passing game in their “Air Raid” attack but have looked to a more balanced attack with a new coach and after losing record-breaking quarterback Jake Northern to graduation. Northern is now playing baseball at Connors State College.
Coweta has found an able replacement at quarterback in athletic Braden Calico, but he is still learning the position after playing predominantly linebacker a season ago.
Southeastern gridiron fans may also recognize Coweta’s new head coach Tim Holt Jr.
He was a standout wide receiver for the Savage Storm back in the early 2000s where he was part of two Lone Star Conference North Division championship teams. Holt was coordinator at Class 6A Broken Arrow before taking the Tiger helm this year. He has also had coaching stops at Barnsdall, Mounds and Bartlesville before landing at Broken Arrow for six years.
Holt’s focus has been bringing balance and Coweta has definitely seen that in the first three games this season.
In an opening 27-15 loss to 4A power Metro Christian they totaled 158 yards rushing and 181 yards through the air. The offense was throttled considerably a week later in a 32-7 loss to defending 4A state champ Wagoner, picking up 78 yards on the ground and 133 through the air.
The Tigers definitely found their rushing shoes last Friday with 256 yards on the ground in a 23-0 blanking of Catoosa.
Calico has 129 yards and two touchdowns while backfield mates Bear Hughes and Tazz Phorn have accounted for 159 and 175 yards respectively this season.
Through the air Calico had posted 384 yards yards and three touchdowns. Corden Harrington is his favorite target with eight grabs for 141 yards and a score.
The Tigers also have a weapon in the special teams department with placekicker Gabe Reed, who has booted a 36-yard field goal already this year.
Clay Allen of the Coweta American contributed to this story.