Cats cut down Eagles
By Erin Shelangoski
On Friday October 13, the Durant Wildcats hosted the Clayton Ridge Eagles for senior night and shut the Eagles down 27-0.
In the second quarter, the Cats got on the scoreboard first, thanks to a pass interference penalty on the Eagles, which set the Cats up on their own 45-yard line. Quarterback Bryce Lafrenz made a pass to Cale Frett, moving the Cats down to the 28-yard line.
The Eagles got another flag and made it first down for the Cats on the 16-yard line. Lafrenz threw the ball to Curtis Lilienthal for a touchdown making it 7-0.
Before the second quarter ended, Lafrenz threw it deep to Lilienthal, making it a Cats’ first down on the 16-yard line. With 4:43 left, the Cats were inching their way to the end-zone. On the four-yard line, a flag was thrown against the Eagles for a false start, putting the Cats on the goal line. The Cats snapped the ball and ran it in for a second touchdown, but the extra point was deflected making it 13-0.
When we all thought the quarter was about to end, Lafrenz intercepted an Eagle pass and ran it to the Cats 38-yard line. On offense, Lafrenz threw the ball hoping someone would catch it to avoid a sack and Lilienthal caught it, making it first down on the 20-yard line.
Lafrenz then threw the ball to Zachary Badtram, and he ran it in for a touchdown. Lafrenz also threw the ball to Marcus Engstler for the two-point conversion, making it 21-0 at half.
During third quarter, both teams were able to hold each other from scoring.
For the fourth quarter, it was scoreless until 7:38 was left on the clock. Cole Miedema caught a pass from Lafrenz and ran it in for a touchdown. The Cats went for the two-point conversion, but came up short, making it 27-0.
“It was a great team win. Our defense was flying around the field and making plays all night. It was great to get the shutout and really limit their offense,” said Lafrenz.
The junior quarterback said the Cats are expecting to win their final game of the season against Jesup on Oct. 20 at Jesup.
“All of us are very confident going into this week's game. If we come to play and just play our game we will be fine,” said Lafrenz. “We can’t go into the game underestimating them though. We can’t play down to their level.”