With some exciting wins this week, here’s my take on what happened deep in Southeast Oklahoma.
Durant Lions vs. Tulsa Memorial Chargers
The Lions had a big win this week over the Chargers, 49-20.
Payton’s Take: Durant was ready for a win this week. QB Jaylon Saxon used both his feet and his arm well this week, rushing and passing with purpose against Tulsa Memorial. RB Stephen Manhard was also an offensive asset, as well as WR Kaydon Mimms, who had two receptions for two touchdowns, and CB Ryder Jones, who had one touchdown reception. Saxon played with intensity and looked stellar in the shotgun. I’m looking forward to seeing how Durant finishes out this season.
The Durant Lions will head to Del City this Friday to take on the Bombers for their last regular season game.
Durant Seniors – Durant vs. Tulsa Memorial -10/27/23 – Photo: Todd Vargas
Broken Bow Savages vs. Stilwell Indians
The Savages were victorious over Stilwell this past Friday, 33-26.
Payton’s Take: Though a close game for most of the match, I felt that Broken Bow made some key adjustments throughout to keep themselves on top. The Savages proficiently handled the passing offense of the Indians, something they were concerned about coming in. After gathering themselves and playing their game, Broken Bow was able to secure a close victory over Stilwell.
“Stilwell throws the ball really well and can be difficult to defend,” Coach George Davis said. “With a few adjustments, we settled down after the half and had 3 picks and 1 for a touchdown. We ran the ball well with Whitfield and Bailey in second half and were able to hang on and get the W.”
With the end of the season on the horizon, Broken Bow will head to Ada this coming Friday to take on the Cougars.
Broken Bow Savages, 8/25/2023. Photo: Broken Bow Activity Shots
Caddo Bruins vs. Webbers Falls Warriors
Caddo had a close win over Webbers Falls, 58-52.
Payton’s Take: The Bruins have had quite the successful season so far, with a current record of 8-1. This is not by chance, as Caddo has been a force on the field of play in every contest. Though the game was close, I felt that the Bruins had a secure handle on their lead late in the second half and would emerge victorious. They played with more grit and aggression than the Warriors, and it showed in the outcome of last Friday’s match.
“Webbers played a great game,” Coach Trent Harmon said. “They did a great job exploiting our weaknesses on defense. QB Coltin Speers led our offense in the second half to come back from a 12-point deficit. Speers went 25/46 with 372 yards and 5 touchdowns. The defense came up big with three stops in the second half as well. Boen Proctor and Brody Braziell led the team with tackles, with 9 and 8 each.”
This Bruins team is one to watch in the postseason.
Caddo will host Dewar for their last regular season game this Friday.
Caddo vs Velma-Alma, 9/15/2023
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