The undefeated, Class 7A-District 8 champs, the Durant High School Cougars, take aim for a state crown tonight, Nov. 16, with the opening game of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) playoff season. The Class 7A-Region 2 quaterfinal game, at the Ron Frost Stadium in Plant City, kicks off 7:30 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Tech Titans.
Durant faces the Titans (7-3 overall, 4-1 in league play), ranked nationally and in the state at 1,771 and 122, respectively, according to MaxPreps.com.
The Cougars (10-0 overall, 5-0 in league play) are ranked 462 in the nation and 35 in the state, according to MaxPreps.com. En route to the playoffs, the Cougars this season beat Freedom, Alonso, Brandon, Wharton, Plant City, Chamberlain, Newsome, East Bay, Riverview and King (see chart below).
The Nov. 16 playoff game kicks off 7:30 p.m. at Durant High in Plant City, at 4748 Cougar Path. Also in playoff action tonight:
- Armwood Hawks (7-3 overall, 5-1 in league play), away against undefeated Largo (11-0 overall, 5-0 in league play), in the Class 6A-Region 2 quarterfinals.
- Newsome Wolves (6-4 overall, 4-1 in league play), away against Gaither (8-2 overall, 4-1 in league play), in the Class 7A-Region 2 quarterfinals.
Going into tonight's game, the Cougars in 2012, under head coach Mike Gottman, have amassed 360 points in ten outings, averaging out to 36 points per game. Their closest game was a one-pointer win over Wharton. The Cougars this season have had shut-out victories against Alonso, Brandon, Chamberlain and King. They scored 57 points in two games, against Freedom on Sept. 1 and Nov. 2 against Riverview.
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DURANT COUGARS 2012 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE / SCORESDate Opponent Field Score / Time Sept. 1 Freedom Freedom Win (57-7) Sept. 7 Alonso Durant Win (29-0) Sept. 21 Brandon Brandon Win (36-0) Sept. 28 Wharton Wharton Win (13-12) Oct. 5 Plant City Plant City Win (22-7) Oct. 12 Chamberlain Durant Win (49-0) Oct. 18 Newsome Durant Win (38-28) Oct. 26 East Bay East Bay Win (28-3) Nov. 2 Riverview Riverview Win (57-27)
Nov. 9 King Durant Win (31-01)