Bob Morris, Sports Editor
The Duncan Banner
The battle for field position and special teams each played crucial roles in the Duncan High School football team’s home loss Friday to Guthrie, 46-6, in the season opener for both teams.
It didn’t start well for the Demons as they had a bad snap on a punt and punter Cody Hood was tackled at the Demons’ 13-yard line. The very next play, Guthrie’s Kai Callins scored on a 13-yard run.
“We didn’t get off to a good start,” said Demon coach Jim Holloway. “We like to be fast out of the gates, but we snapped the ball over the head of our punter and gave up good field position. We gave up six points too quickly.”
Guthrie added a touchdown and field goal before Duncan got its first points on the board. Quarterback Connor Kelly hooked up with Nathan Clark on a pass play in the second quarter that led to a 45-yard touchdown and seemed to give the Demons new life.
But then the Bluejays got the momentum back as Donovan Jordan returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.
The Demons found themselves pinned around their own 10-yard line on several drives and could not advance the ball, allowing the Bluejays to capitalize on good field position several times.
For more on Friday’s game, be sure to read Sunday’s edition of The Duncan Banner.