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The Demons faced an Altus team that averaged about 200 yards rushing per game — and they shut it down.
The Bulldogs (1-4) were held to 79 yards rushing on 30 carries (2.6 yards per carry) as Duncan (2-2) came away with a 34-14 road victory Friday, improving to 2-0 in District 1-5A.
“Altus has a really strong run game, but our defense just did an outstanding job,” said Demon coach Jim Holloway. “I am really proud of the preparation by our coaches and the execution by the kids.
“Defensively, I couldn’t be happier. They threw a shutout.”
The only issue the Demons had was with kickoff coverage, letting up on two returns to Altus’ Malcom Lewis.
“Our kick coverage was horrendous,” Holloway said. “We have a young kicker, but the kicker wasn’t the problem. We just didn’t keep our coverage lanes and didn’t execute the fundamentals of kick coverage.”
But while the Demons didn’t fare well in kick coverage, they did better in punt coverage. Holloway said part of that was credit to punter Cody Hood, who had three punts for a 46.7 average.
“He nailed two punts into the wind and one with the wind to his back,” Holloway said. “He had a really good night.”
As for the offense, Holloway said the players executed fairly well and took advantage of a pair of short-field situations in which the Demons forced turnovers.
Bryce Byford scored three rushing touchdowns, tallying 119 yards on 11 carries. He also caught two passes for 33 yards.
Quarterback Connor Kelly rushed for 163 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown. Je’Mario McCoy added four carries for 25 yards, Mason Hightower had 20 yards on four carries and Stacee Morrison had 24 yards on six carries.
The Demons now will face their biggest district test yet. They will host Ardmore this Friday, which is coming off a 29-14 win against Del City Friday.
“They have nine starters back on offense and nine back on defense,” Holloway said. “They have some really talented players.”
DEMON NOTES: Duncan’s seventh- and eighth-grade football teams each won at home against Altus last Tuesday. The seventh-grade team trailed 14-8 at halftime but came back to win 22-14. Quarterback Carson Kinniard, runnings backs Zane Mayes and Chase Lynch, and defensive players Matt Woods and Jarrett Reynolds were the standouts for the seventh-graders. The eighth-grade team won 28-8, thanks in part to sharp play from QB Tyler Polk, running back Coby Kirkland and safety Dawson Wilkinson. The teams will host Ardmore this Tuesday.