By tamas Mondovics

Starting the season with a full roster of returning players, last season’s 9-2 record—just short of claiming the district title—the 15-member Durant varsity flag football team with program head coach, Brad Brunson, at the helm has one thing in mind; district rematch against Plant City.

Durant finished its tryouts that prompted close to 40 varsity and JV student athletes to show off their skills and are now ready to focus on the upcoming season featuring a strong district lineup that once again includes arch rival Plant City along with Brandon, Armwood, King, Tampa Bay Tech and Strawberry Crest.

While each game will bring a measure of excitement to the players and fans, Durant claims its biggest challenge against its neighbor, Plant City High, after the Raiders stole the Cougars thunder with a district win.

“The last time we won district was in 2007, but the statistically best season for us was last year,” Brunson said as he talked about his team’s chance of reclaiming the title. “We have a great team, full of talent, dedication, and love for the game as well as a hunger to bring the trophy home.”

While giving credit to the entire team, Brunson named a few athletes that stand out and take the lead this year, including junior quarterback, Jessica McClernan, sophomore Ashley Piechowiak and senior Sidney Millard.

Focusing on speed and, of course building on the fundamentals while playing for fun and the spirit of competition, Durant hopes to turn in a strong season rivaling last years, which sported an average of 45 points per game.

“We are ready for Plant City and can’t wait to play them again,” McClernan said. “We are having a great time and are having fun, but it is also a competition.”

The Cougars will get a chance to meet up with the Raiders at One Raider Place in Plant City on Thursday, April 11.

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