By Tamas Mondovics
After a four game winning streak followed by a disappointing 27-24 double overtime loss to Lennard in game five, there was little doubt about what needed to be done if Durant hoped to see a post season run.
The Cougars (5-1, 2-1 at time of writing) led by program Head Coach Mike Gottman, welcomed their winless conference rival, Bloomingdale Bulls, (0-5, 0-2), for the mid-season conference game ready to stay in the game.
“This is a must win for us,” Gottman said, adding, “We can not afford another district loss if we want to make it to the playoffs.”
While Gottman’s team got off to a strong start with a big touchdown early in the first quarter, it was by no means time for the Cougars to underestimate the Bulls who had come to play the game with nothing to lose.
The Bulls replied with their first touchdown of the game in the second quarter thanks to the skills and arm of quarterback Isaiah McIntyre.
Unfortunately the Bulls ran out of steam and could not keep the pressure on enough to stop their host.
After a scoreless third quarter both teams managed to add a single touchdown each in the fourth to close the game with 26-14 on the scoreboard.
Durant quarterback Carlton Potter threw for 116 yards and two touchdowns at one point boasting a 24-7 lead.
Bloomingdale quarterback, McIntyre had 206 passing yards and one touchdown, completing 13 of 22.
The Cougars’ win was a clear “must have” preparing the program to face off with the season’s remaining district teams including Strawberry Crest and expected district winner Plant City, followed by Tampa Bay Tech in game nine.
Other winners of the season’s sixth game included the Lennard High Longhorns, who, with a 28-21 win against Strawberry Crest, remained undefeated.
Strawberry Crest introduced Interim Head Coach Jim Peaden. Chargers Coach John Kelly was removed from the position after the programs five-game losing streak.
Brandon also managed to secure another district win after defeating King 27-10.
After a three-game loss, Newsome was also able to enjoy a break by defeating Riverview 35-0.
Wolves quarterback Cole Schaller completed seven of 12 passes for 121 yards.
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