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November 9, 2011

Duncan will face Ada in first round of playoffs

Guthrie ruled eligible, re-claims top seed in District 5A-1

DUNCAN — Duncan's opponent for Friday's first round of the Class 5A football playoffs has finally been decided. The Demons will face Ada at 7:30 p.m. at Halliburton Stadium.

District 5A-1 champion Guthrie was ruled eligible in an OSSAA board meeting on Wednesday morning. The top-ranked Blue Jays (10-0, 8-0) had originally been oredered for forfeit eight games due to a dual-residency concern.

Duncan (7-3, 7-1) finished second in District 5A-2, meaning they were set to host the third-place team from 5A-1. With the insertion of Guthrie into the bracket, Carl Albert drops to second in that district, Ada to third and Deer Creek to fourth.

The Blue Jay player in question, senior receiver Clint Simek, has been ruled ineligible and won't be allowed to play in the playoffs. Guthrie head coach Rafe Watkins will also sit out.

If Duncan wins, it will face the winner of McAlester (10-0) and Tulsa Central (8-2).

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