Durant at Coweta
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Stadium: Tiger Stadium (3,500)
Records: Durant 1-2, Coweta 1-2
Broadcast: 106.3 FM KLBC
Directions: Take Hwy. 69 north to Muskogee. Exit on Peak Blvd and go east hitting the Muskogee Turnpike. Go north on the turnpike to Coweta exit. Then go west on Hwy. 51. Stadium will be on south side of road just as you get into Coweta.
Series History: 7th all-time meeting with Coweta holding a 4-2 edge in previous contests. The Lions won the first two meetings on the way to back-to-back state semifinal appearances. Durant was victorious 37-7 in 1992 as Jerry Mowles connected with Jason DaVault for a pair of TD passes and then won 46-0 behind Jamile Wilson’s 143 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns. The going has been extremely difficult since with district losses to the Tigers in 2000 and 2001 as well as 2004 and 2005 in which the Lions failed to score more than a touchdown in any of them.
Last Meeting: The Lions managed just a field goal against a tenacious Coweta defense in a 19-3 Tiger victory at home. Coweta went on to reach the state quarterfinals that season before bowing out of the playoffs against Ardmore.
Last Week: Five turnovers and special teams gaffes proved costly for Durant in a 35-6 loss on the road at Ada. Coweta got a bruising ground attack rolling and stymied Catoosa to 101 yards of total offense, including only 15 on the ground, while forcing four turnovers in a 23-0 Tiger victory. Bear Hughes rushed for 120 yards and Tazz Phorn added 102 more for Coweta.
Key Players: Durant – RB Tre Harper, QB Cade Buchanan, S Kolby Blake, DE Parker Morgan; Coweta – QB Braden Calico, RB Bear Hughes, RB Tazz Phorn, DB Spencer Harrington
Notes: Interesting dynamics this week as both teams continue the quest to be more versatile offensively than a season ago. Coweta has slowed the tempo considerably after running the “Air Raid” previously. The Tigers had a breakout performance against Catoosa last week with 256 yards on the ground. Durant has struggled with offensive consistency in recent games, scoring only two touchdowns since erupting to a 20-7 halftime lead against Poteau in the season opener. Durant will be looking for its first win in a district opener since posting a 40-14 triumph on the road at Skiatook in 2012.