DURANT, OK. -- The Durant Lions are going full speed ahead into the fall of 2018.
"Not many people think that we can (have a successful year)," Durant senior Cade Buchanan said. "Obviously, judging off last year they probably don't have a lot of confidence in us, but I do."
"We made some headway last year, I know we weren't very good, but we got better as the year went on," Durant Head Coach Ray Richard said. "We're hoping we had a really good offseason, a decent summer and we're hoping to pick up where we left off and become a pretty good football team."
The Lions are led by senior quarterback Cade Buchanan. With a lot of top-tier teams on the Durant schedule,
"We know what we can do, we know how hard we work every day" Buchanan said. "We don't practice like a 2-8 team, we just go out and get it every day."
"Cade's got a tremendous upside," Richards said. "He has a phenomenal arm, he's a big kid, he's smart. We're expecting him to have a big year, but we also want to be able to run the ball to keep the pressure off Cade."
It's been a while since the Durant Lions were a playoff team, 2011 in fact. The class of 2019 wants to be the team that changes that.
"It would mean a lot," Durant senior Landon Tubbs said. "I was here to watch my brother play and he never made the playoffs, as far as I can remember they haven't. It's been a long time and it could be something special."
"I've watched the Durant Lions play my whole life, and I've always wanted to be out there with them," Buchanan said. "Now that it's coming up on my last year it's special, it's emotional, it's everything."
Durant opens the season August 31st on the road against Poteau.