TAMPA — Senior Greg Windham threw for 209 yards and a touchdown, and the King defense forced seven turnovers to end its season with a 28-20 win Thursday against playoff-bound Durant.
The teams did the bulk of their scoring in the opening quarter, combining for four touchdowns and a field goal as King established an 18-14 lead.
King (4-6) got short scoring runs from Le'Vadre Thomas and George Green, surrounding a 99-yard kickoff return by Durant's Michael Stephens. The Cougars (7-3) got a 5-yard touchdown run from Chris Atkins to stay within four points.
Windham completed 13 of 23 passes, including a 15-yard scoring strike to Taylor Smith-Gonzalez as the Lions went up by as much as 28-14.
Durant narrowed the gap to eight points in the fourth quarter and got the ball back with 3:00 on the clock and a chance to tie. But Chris Murray picked off Zach Stephenson pass (the Lions' fifth interception of the game) to end the threat and hang on.
Durant opens the playoffs next Friday at home against Gaither.
Rod Gipson, Times correspondent