No matter the place, time or setting Stephens County saw more than its fair share of compelling competition in 2012.
From the Lady Demons’ thrilling regional series against Guthrie to Duncan’s boys basketball team showing its grit in overtime, excitement was at an all-time high.
Here are the top 10 games from 2012 as chosen by the Duncan Banner Sports Staff.
1. Duncan survives region softball finals
If Game 7 is the most exciting game in the World Series, Game 3 is the equivalent in high school softball.
After winning Game 1, 3-2 on a walk-off home run by Berkley Faulkner, Guthrie struck back tied the series at 1-1 thanks to a 5-4 victory.
Two home runs in Game 3 by the sophomore catcher, combined with a solid pitcher effort from junior Autumn Parker sent the Lady Demons back to Oklahoma City, via a 7-4 win.
2. V-A overcomes fumbles in playoffs
Against a talented Watonga squad in the first round of the football playoffs, Velma-Alma showed what its made of in crunch time.
With 27 seconds left in regulation, senior running back Dallen Mercer punched in his third touchdown of the night, to give his team a 52-48 lead, sending the Comets into the second round.
3. Demons fall in OT in Area tourney
With eight seconds left in regulation, Ryan Cox drained a 3-pointer to tie DHS’ contest against Deer Creek at 78-78. In overtime, however, things went bad as foul trouble caught up to Duncan as Deer Creek took advantage and advanced 92-86.
4. Comets bid for perfection derailed
Perfection was the goal of the Velma-Alma Comets entering the State Basketball tournament in Oklahoma City. Merritt had other ideas as a 3-point basket with nine seconds left dashed V-A’s dreams of a state title and resulted in a 52-50 season-ending loss.
5. MHS baseball runs gauntlet
After dropping the opening game of the regional tournament, the Marlow baseball team pulled off the impossible, en route to a state tournament berth.
Four straight victories over Lindsay, Washington and Sulphur (twice) gave the Outlaws a regional title on their home field.
6. Demons soccer works OT to win
After falling behind to Durant just 42 seconds into the game, the Duncan boys’ soccer team managed to tie proceedings at 1-1 with 29:58 left in regulation, with its season on the line.
Then, with seven minutes remaining in the second overtime, Duncan caught a lifeline as a scramble inside the penalty box resulted in the game-winning goal.
7. Indians shock Comets in opener
With his team down 18-8 at halftime, senior quarterback Kale Reed managed to bring CHS back with four touchdowns to help slip past arch-rival Velma-Alma 30-26 in the opening game of the season.
The game winning drive occurred with 1:09 left in regulation as the senior led his team on a seven-play 60-yard drive.
8. Empire claims signature victory
Defense was the name of the game when Rush Springs and Empire met at Ric Johnson Memorial Field.
But, in the end it was Dillon Twigg playing hero for the Bulldogs, scoring the only touchdown of the evening, lifting Empire to a 7-6 win.
9. Duncan falls to Ardmore in 3OT
The 2012-13 Duncan boys’ basketball team gave fans an early-season thrill as they rallied to send the game to overtime against their rival. Fatigue and foul trouble, though, got the best of the Demons who finally faded in the third overtime.
10. Demons get win at Ardmore
Fueled by a 46-yard touchdown run on a wild fake punt, the Duncan football team picked up its signature win of the season, topping the Tigers, 28-14 in Week 6.