DURANT — McAlester’s winning streak was stopped short Friday night by the Durant Lions.

Leading for most of the contest, the visiting Buffs were caught and passed by in overtime.

McAlester who, after starting off 0-3, had seen success in Weeks 4 and 5 with big wins over district competition.

But the bottom fell out on the Black and Gold Friday night, as penalties and poor execution in the red zone, allowed a fired up Durant team to pull ahead for their first win of the season.

After eating up nearly eight minutes of the first quarter, the Buffaloes found themselves starting the second quarter on the Durant 10-yard line with four shots at the end zone.

But McAlester’s offense was stopped just five yards short of a score.

Defensively, McAlester held the Lions in check throughout much of the ballgame, not allowing a score until the third quarter.

With 2:52 remaining in the half, the Buffaloes were able to score on a 59-yard Justin Klusak-Lyndon Walters connection, allowing kicker Rudy Jacquens to tag on the extra point.

The defensive unit then stepped up big again, stopping the threatening Lions on fourth down and forcing a turnover on downs before the half.

Coming out in the third, the Lions quickly came out to even the score, getting six on a run from Demetrius Brown.

McAlester wasn’t able to find the end zone themselves until 45 seconds into the final quarter when a Klusak keep, put the Buffs up 14-7.

But Durant answered back with a 55-yard touchdown pass play with a little over four minutes remaining.

Overtime was eminent, and the home team got the ball first, wasting absolutely no time.

On the first play of OT, the Lions completed a touchdown pass, moving ahead and putting the pressure on the Buffs in the do-or-die situation.

Melvin Jackson came through on the PAT, blocking the kick, and giving McAlester a shot at ending the ball game, but it was to no avail as the Buffaloes were unable to find the end zone in their four shots.

The Buffs (2-4, 2-1) will host No. 4 Tulsa Washington on Friday.

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