Football: Durant 42, Newsome 24
LITHIA — Durant running back Cameron Myers burned through the first three games of the season, averaging 137 rushing yards and 10.3 yards a carry.
Then on Wednesday night at Newsome High, Myers ran all over the Wolves’ defense and improved on those sparkling season averages.
By the time the final horn sounded, Myers carried the ball 15 times for 297 yards (almost 20 yards a carry) and the Cougars had run away with a 42-24 victory.
Oh yeah, Myers also scored on touchdown runs of 94, 39, 22 and 11 yards, which gives him nine touchdowns on the season, basically doubling his average to two TDs a game.
“All I want to do right now is thank my offensive line and my fullback (David Tabakovic) because they are the ones who are making this happen,” Myers said. “Those guys opened up the holes and I just ran through them.”
Myers might have even run for more if not for cramps in his calves and his hamstrings, maladies that twice made him pull up short on runs and fall to the ground.
“I get cramps sometimes,” Myers said. “But it’s all right. It’s okay.”
From the start on Wednesday, Myers and Durant (4-0) were pretty much in control with Myers ripping off his 39-yard touchdown run for the game’s first score.
Newsome (3-1) answered with a Spencer Shrader 45-yard field goal and the Wolves actually took a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter after putting together a 63-yard drive.
After that, however, it was pretty much all Durant, mostly Myers with a good dose of Tabakovic, who rushed 14 times for 107 yards and two short touchdown plunges.
Midway through the second quarter, the Cougars took a 14-10 lead and never trailed the rest of the way.
“Right now I couldn’t be much more proud,” Durant coach Mike Gottman said. “We blocked well and ran strong and played great defense against a tough Newsome offense.”
Before the game, Gottman said he challenged his team to show him how good they might be this season.
“We looked at tonight’s game as a good challenge,” Gottman said. “I think we stepped up pretty well. Now we just want to get better and better.”