The Duncan Banner


September 20, 2013

A taste of what’s to come

Game against Duke previews what Donkeys may expect in eight-man next year

BRAY — The Donkeys are going to get a taste of what they will be playing next year.

The Bray-Doyle High School football team, currently in Class A 11-man football, will move down to Class B next and enter eight-man football.

This year, though, the Donkeys will get to experience eight-man football as they will host Duke Friday for their homecoming game.

Originally, Bray-Doyle was to host Riverside Indian, but the Class 2A school cancelled its season because of a lack of players. The Donkeys thus needed an opponent this week and found one in Duke, an eight-man squad.

So the Donkeys will take a break from 11-man action this week and spend this week preparing for eight-man — and it’s a transition that Donkey coach Lee Bluejacket admits has been a bit difficult.

“It has been tough because the reads in eight-man versus 11-man are a lot different,” he said. “You still have to block and tackle, but the reads are different.”

What’s more, the Donkeys didn’t get to take the field Tuesday because of a thunderstorm. That limted the Donkeys to practicing in the gym and thus they weren’t able to get in the type of practice they might have otherwise, Bluejacket said.

But the Bray-Doyle coach said it may help to have an eight-man game this week, given that the Donkeys are dealing with injuries to several of their linemen.

“We don’t have a lot of depth right now,” Bluejacket said, “but it will give us a chance to put fewer kids on the field, some young kids on the field, and it should help us out.”

Bluejacket added that Bray-Doyle’s enrollment would have allowed the team to play down in eight-man in years past, but the school previously chose not to. But the Donkeys will make the move to eight-man next season and it’s a move Bluejacket said the players and community are excited about.

“It has been some of the most fun time in practice, getting to play and learn eight-man,” he said. “I’m an eight-man guy and next year will be good for them to be in eight-man, because it’s a chance for them to be more successful.”

He said he was glad Duke was willing to fit Bray-Doyle into the schedule. Given that the Donkeys have played two 11-man games to open the season, Bluejacket said he didn’t exchange film with Duke coaches, given that they wouldn’t have been able to see how Bray-Doyle has played eight-man this season. But Bluejacket said he understands that Duke runs a four-man front and tries to spread the field.

More importantly, he said the Donkeys are having a good time learning what eight-man is all about.

“All of them really do like it,” Bluejacket said. “They are having a blast and are ready to do it. The underclassmen are looking forward to it and believe they will be more competitive.”

In particular, Bluejacket said, the switch to eight-man will help with depth, something that has been an issue for Bray-Doyle this season.

“The kids realize the situation,” he said, “and that’s it tough when we have about 25 guys on a team and we play some schools that have 40 guys on a team. They can rotate in guys and we’re playing like we are iron men.”

Text Only
  • Demon golfers compete at Lincoln Park

    The Duncan boys golfers competed at a tournament at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City Thursday.
    Individual scores were Blake Graham with 76 and 79, Logan Harris with 76 and 75, Tyler Albin with 77 and 78, Christian Dructor with 78 and 86, and Carson Hogstad with 80 and 83.

    April 18, 2014

  • 4-18 duncan track photo.jpg Track teams head to Norman

    The Duncan track athletes travel to Norman today for a meet at the University of Oklahoma.
    Duncan boys coach Todd Ledford said that the Demons will be one of just three Class 5A teams attending. The rest of the teams are 6A.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Demon baseball beats Plainview in extra innings

    The Duncan baseball team had to go extra innings and then hold off a late rally to win at Plainview 3-2 Thursday.
    The game was tied 1-1 after seven innings. The Demons broke the tie with two runs in the top of the eighth, but Plainview battled back to make it 3-2 in its half of the inning.

    April 18, 2014

  • More home tourney action awaits Demons

    Another weekend of home matches await the Duncan tennis teams.
    The BancFirst Tournament will be at the Duncan High School tennis courts, with the girls playing Friday and the boys Saturday. The tourneys come one week after Duncan hosted the Southern Oklahoma Invitational.

    April 18, 2014

  • 4-18 Empire baseball.jpg Bulldog pitching staff builds confidence

    Heading towards the postseason, Empire is closing in on the possibility of winning record thanks in large part to its improvements on defense.
    The Bulldogs (10-11) have cut down the errors from 10 or more a game to two or three a game. Coach Stefan Hunt said that’s led to the pitchers seeing some better results on the mound. Though, the pitchers have improved their game as well.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-17 duncan baseball photo.jpg Demons in close district race

    The Duncan baseball team is in a close race to finish in the top four in District 2-5A and earn a trip to regionals.
    Duncan is 7-3 in district and in third place. First-place Carl Albert has lost just one district game. The Titans split with second-place Chickasha, which also split with Duncan.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-17 jaz gayanich signing photo.jpg Gayanich to play for Panhandle State

    Velma-Alma senior Jaz Gayanich signed Wednesday to play basketball for Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell.
    Gayanich said Panhandle coach Jerry Olsen was upfront about his program and ideas, compared to other coaches Gayanich visited. Gayanich already knows what role he’s expected to play.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Those who knew John Humphrey respected him

    Duncan resident Rod Battles got to know John Humphrey pretty well.
    Battles first played Duncan High School baseball for Humphrey in 1965. He later returned to DHS, when Humphrey hired him as an assistant, and later head baseball coach. After both men retired, they became fishing buddies. Humphrey joined Battles and others for annual trips to Lake Texhoma.

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-17 VA baseball Comets stay calm under pressure

    Lately, Velma-Alma baseball has made a habit of having some exciting finishes.
    In its home tournament, the Jake Leffler Wooden Bat Tournament, last weekend, it won four of five games. All of those victories came by less than five runs and two of them were by only one run.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Course challenges Lady Demons

    The Duncan girls golf team took sixth at the longest course it has played this year.
    KickingBird Golf Course is 5,300 yards. Add the windy conditions at the tournament hosted by Edmond Santa Fe and it made for a challenging day.

    April 17, 2014

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case

Who do you favor for the U.S. Senate seat that Tom Coburn is giving up?

State Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton
U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Edmond
State Sen. Connie Johnson, D-Oklahoma City
Former State Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso
     View Results