DURANT — In the days leading up to their week two matchup against Durant, Ardmore coach Josh Newby had challenged his players to come off the bus focused and ready to play their best.

DURANT — In the days leading up to their week two matchup against Durant, Ardmore coach Josh Newby had challenged his players to come off the bus focused and ready to play their best.

Based on the first half Friday night at Paul Laird Field, it’s clear the challenge was met.

The No. 2 Tigers blitzed the Lions for 42 points in the first half, leading to a comfortable 48-0 victory on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

This was the first time an Ardmore team had earned a road shutout since 2016, also against Durant, and the Tigers have also allowed just seven points through two games also for the first time since 2016.

This was also the second straight contest the Tigers have scored 48 points on Durant, following a 48-17 victory at Noble Stadium last year. 

“I was proud of the fact these kids accepted our challenge of coming out focused,” Newby said. “This was a great sign of maturity for this team in performing like we did. We were able to expand our offense a little tonight, and that was good for us. We learned a lot from this game last year, especially on defense, and we kept the pressure up all night. But, we’ve still got a long way to go with this team.” 

It only took nine seconds into the first quarter for the Tigers to make their mark on the game.

Durant quarterback Cade Buchanan dropped back for a pass, and was intercepted at the 22-yard line by Tero Roberts on the first play from scrimmage.

Roberts would return the ball down to the eight yard-line, before Jadrein Monroe punched it in for a touchdown two plays later, giving the Tigers a 7-0 following the extra point from Rafael Interiano just 47 seconds into the game.

“I just anticipated what was going to happen,” Roberts said about his first quarter interception. “All I did was shuffle a little and look at the quarterbacks eyes. I should have scored on it, but it worked out.” 

Durant was held to three straight plays of no gain on their next possession, before Ardmore struck again.

Five plays and 69 yards later, it was 14-0 after Eean Ross scampered for 22-yards for his first touchdown of the evening at the 7:34 mark of the first quarter.

On the Tigers next offensive drive, they pulled off a rare feat as they scored with a touchdown pass.

Roberts found Ross on a screen pass for 61-yards, giving Ardmore a 21-0 lead with 4:01 left in the first.

Durant was able to sustain a long drive the next offensive cycle, but the Lions botched the snap on an attempted field goal from the Tigers 19-yard line, leading to a turnover on downs in the second quarter.

Ardmore nearly gave the ball right back to Durant on its next time out on offense, but Roberts was able to recover and maintain possession. 

Ross was denied his second rushing touchdown of the game following a penalty on the drive, but it didn’t matter in the end as Cameron Petties eventually made it 28-0 with a four-yard touchdown with 4:21 left before halftime. 

The special teams unit for Ardmore then got in on the action as Durant fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Tigers the ball at the Lions 30-yard line.

Three plays later, Jermaine Scallion was in the end zone from three yards out to make it 35-0 with less than three minutes to go before halftime.

Before heading into the locker room, Ardmore put a punctuation mark on the contest.

Jaamarre Williams broke loose from the Ardmore 28-yard line and raced his way 72 yards for his first touchdown of the season, sending the Tigers into the locker room up 42-0.

There was little drama in the second half, aside from Derick Peters getting his first touchdown of the season in the third quarter from 35-yards out to finish off the scoring.

Ardmore has now won its first two games to start a season for the fifth straight season, while the Lions fell to 0-2 for the year. 

Roberts was the leading rusher for the Tigers with eight carries for 100 yards. Monroe finished with six carries for 35 yards with one touchdown, with Petties totaling four carries for 33 yards with one touchdown. Ross also had two carries for 20 yards and 61 yards receiving with two touchdowns.

Buchanan finished 3-of-7 passing tor 50 yards with one interception for the Lions. 

Matt Gillis was the leading rusher for the Lions with 11 carries for 46 yards.

Ardmore is on the road at 7:30 p.m. Friday against McAlester, while Durant hosts Broken Bow on Thursday.