“In their own words” – What did these players think after Week 2 of play? – Durant Area

Last Updated: September 12, 20232.9 min read

With Week 2 of the high school football season in the books, I had a chance to sit down with some players and get their first-hand thoughts about some games in the Durant Area this past week.

Kingston Redskins vs. Hugo Buffaloes

Kingston shut out Hugo this past Friday, 55-0.

Kingston Players:

Parks Ratzlaff, SO. HB –

“It felt like a good team win. We came in with a chip on our shoulder from last week. Defense played great, offense played better, still have some things we need to clean up.

Logan Stephens, SO. TB –

“After last week’s loss, we had a very productive week of practice, and our coaches had a great game plan. We all played our hearts out and left everything on the field.

Coalgate Wildcats vs. Antlers Bearcats

The Bearcats were a force to be reckoned with this week against the Coalgate Wildcats. Coming out strong and controlling the game with fervor, Antlers bested Coalgate, 44-16.

Coalgate Players:

Buster Ratcliff, JR. QB –

“Football isn’t necessarily won by the best players. It’s won by the team with the best attitude and the team that wants to win the most.”

Antlers Players:

Reece Crowsey, SR. MLB –

“I would say that we came in the game confident and ready to play and that’s what we did. We played together as a family. We did a have a few mental mistakes but we sharpened up and played as hard as we could.”

Idabel Warriors vs. Broken Bow Savages

This past Friday, Idabel and Broken Bow were not spared from Mother Nature’s mischief, which hit many areas of Southeast Oklahoma.The game, though set to kick off at 7 p.m, was backed up multiple times due to lightning and severe weather in the area. Thinking the storms would move out, the game was rescheduled for 9:15 p.m. However, the entire stadium lost power around 9:30 p.m, and the game was called off.

Idabel Players:

Beau Ritchie, JR. MLB, FB

“It was definitely a disappointment, but we have to move on and focus on the rest of the season.”

Waylon Phillips, SR. QB, DB –

“It is tough we didn’t get to play, especially this being my senior year. We prepared extremely hard and we were ready. But we don’t play for rivalries. We don’t care who we play, we want a state championship.”

Valliant Bulldogs vs. Lone Grove Longhorns

The Valliant Bulldogs were defeated by Lone Grove, 42-6, in a non-conference away game.

Valliant Players:

Dakota McDonald, SR. –

“We may have lost on the score board but we all got mentally and physically better from the game.”

I am so excited to be covering SE Oklahoma, my home! If you have any information to share on your team or you would like to recommend specific school coverage in the Southeast Area, please email me at payton.moody@vype.com.

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If you’re interested in reading more content about high school sports in Southeast Oklahoma, check out Monday Morning QB: Upsets and unprecedented storms wreak havoc on the Durant Area in Week 3!

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