Durant Football Feature – Presented by Excel Therapy

Durant Lions

Coach: RAY RICHARDS

Schedule:
9-6 – vs. Poteau

9-13 – at Ardmore

9-19 – at Broken Bow

9-27 – vs. McAlester

10-4 – vs. Coweta

10-11 – at Bishop Kelley

10-17 – at Ada

10-26 – vs. Glenpool

11-1 – at Edison

11-8 – vs. Hale

Quick Hits:

Durant narrowly missed beating McAlester for the second year in a row, dropping a 27-23 heartbreaker on September 21st. The last time the Lions had a two game winning streak in the series was 1992. 

The Lions have lost the last four matchups with Broken Bow by a combined score of 137-26. Durant’s last series win came in 1991. 

Durant emphatically put an end to a 12-game losing streak with a 48-0 conquest of Nathan Hale in the season finale. It was the Lions ninth straight win against the Rangers. 

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 1-9

2017 – 2-8

2016 – 5-5

2015 – 4-6 

2014 – 1-9 

2013 – 2-8 

OFFENSE

The bumps and bruises of last year have mended and the Durant Lions roar into 2019 with a vibrant sense of optimism. Offensively, coach Ray Richards welcomes the game time experience of seven returning starters, anchored by VYPE Top 100 choice Cooper McCoy (6-3, 270, Sr.) at center. Luke Gaines (6-6, 240, Sr.), Colton Lewis (5-11, 275, Sr.) and Lazaro Estrada (5-11, 265, Sr.) are supported up front by the size and muscle of Riley Powell (6-3, 250, Jr.), Joel Langley (5-11, 220, Jr.) and Jake Christian (5-10, 200, Sr.). The offensive line blocking skills and pass protection will support the two-headed monster combination in the running game where Noah McCarson (5-10, 160, Jr.) moves to quarterback and Austin Reinecker (5-10, 185, Sr.) joins the backfield along with Francisco Avila (5-10, 170, So.). When the Lions put the ball in the air, Dalton White (6-0, 200, Sr.) returns as a proven possession receiver who totaled 22 receptions last season. Adding to the rotation of receivers will be Josh Smith (6-0, 175, Jr.) and Hunter Haislip (5-6, 135, Sr.), who brings a burst of quickness to the position.

DEFENSE

The Lions will employ a 3-4 alignment to get the most from their playmakers at each position. Noseguard Davion Shields (6-0, 300, Sr.), who made 30 tackles a year ago, returns to the line of scrimmage battles along with Cooper McCoy, who made 22 tackles last season in two-way duty. They’re joined by Luke Gaines and Lazaro Estrada at defensive end. Pedro Garcia (5-10, 210, Sr.), who recorded 54 takedowns last year, and Alex Jamison (6-0, 200, Jr.) will fill the inside linebacker positions and are flanked on either side by Fernando Ledbetter (5-10, 175, Sr.), Parker Lynch (5-11, 165, Sr.) and Jarron Hendrix (6-0, 190, So.) at outside linebacker. The secondary will showcase familiar names like Austin Reinecker, who recorded 39 stops last season and Brenham Skean (5-7, 145, Jr.) at safety. Lions coaches will turn to Noah McCarson as well as Jilik Lewis (5-10, 155, So.) at cornerback to provide run support as well as reliable pass coverage. Field position may get a swift kick thanks to the kicking talents of Zach White (6-1, 170, Sr.) who joins the team from soccer and has the ability to drive home field goals from beyond 40 yards with consistency as well as landing kickoffs beyond the goal line to limit opponents’ return yardage.

“With 14 starters returning, we’re definitely a better football team and the senior leadership is making a difference in the offseason development,” Richards said. “If we can catch a break or two and the pieces all fit together, we have a chance to have a winning season.”