DURANT — From the interpretive dance halftime show to their famous kettle corn, Durant is known for producing an entertaining football game for the fans. The Cougars are also known for their hospitality and generosity to the hometown crowd and visiting fans.
However, this hospitality does not extend to the visiting football team, which East Bay found out in a 21-0 loss.
Holding the Indians to only 77 yards rushing, the Cougars (4-1) capitalized on miscues and a backbreaking big play.
Durant kicked off the scoring with a 1-yard run by Ruben Garcia, which was set up by Mike Stephens' fumble recovery deep in Indians territory.
Another recovery by Stephens, again in East Bay (3-2) territory, led to a 3-yard touchdown run by Antonio Morris to close out the first half with Durant leading 14-0. Stephens finished with three fumble recoveries.
The Indians tried to come back, effectively moving the ball at times, but were thwarted by penalties and turnovers.
"Our D played well enough to shut them out," East Bay coach Brian Thorton said. "It was the turnovers and the one big play where our safety ended up 15 yards away from the receiver."
The Cougars put the final touches on a near-flawless performance with an 86-yard hookup from Je'Twan Smith to David Claypool.
Durant coach Mike Gottman was especially pleased with the play of his defensive line.
"We've got a smallish line, but they are tough and scrappy," Gottman said.