The Duncan Banner

Sports

October 27, 2013

Beck catch locks up Comet victory

VELMA — Velma-Alma senior Alan Beck had himself a night on Friday.

He got to kiss the queen on homecoming night and save his quarterback Ty Richardson’s skin in the final minutes of a 30-20 victory against Rush Springs.

Leading the whole game, the Comets (6-2, 4-1) faced fourth down and nine from the Redskins’ (2-5, 2-3) 29-yard line with 1:30 left. The momentum had shifted. What was a 12-point halftime lead dwindled to four, and if the Comets were to give the ball up, there was no assurance their defense could hold.

Dropping back to pass, Richardson lofted a jump ball up in the air for Beck, but it was too short. It didn’t matter. The senior receiver plucked the ball out of the hands of a defenseman to secure the victory with his second touchdown of the night.

“He has my back,” Richardson said, still marveling at the catch after the game.

It was the final say in what had been complete control by the Comets all night. From when Rush Springs snapped the ball over the punter’s head on its first series, the home team seemed to be much more at ease. The only hiccup came after it took a 16-point lead in the first quarter.

Rush Springs responded with 12 unanswered points, and it was up to Richardson to lead his team back down the field. He did just that, showing the leadership that Velma-Alma needed from its junior quarterback.

“I thought that was the best game he’s had at quarterback in his career,” coach Greg Gothard said. “I’m very proud of that, and we needed that.”

The mantra all night was “we need this” for Velma-Alma. Eight unanswered Rush Springs points in the four quarter forced that must-win situation to rear its ugly head at 24-20.

“I thought we showed a lot of toughness tonight,” Gothard said. “We showed a lot of character by not giving in, because I never really thought it was that close of a game until it got that close.”

Up next for Velma-Alma is its rivalry game at home against Empire. The Bulldogs (6-2, 4-1) lost 56-7 to Ringling Friday and the winner of next week’s game gets second place in the district. This means a home game to start the state playoffs.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • 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

  • Demon boys see Guthrie tennis action

    Some younger Duncan boys tennis players got experience at a tournament hosted by Guthrie Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
    The Demons had to adjust their lineup, though, after Cameron McCasland, who was to play No. 1 doubles with Alan Hruby, got sick. Sam Moffit was moved from No. 1 singles to take McCasland’s place

    April 17, 2014

  • Demons take two from Del City

    The Duncan baseball team swept a doubleheader at Del City Tuesday.
    The Demons won the first game 13-0. Dylan Zawicki got his fourth win of the season. Duncan got two-run singles from Mason Hightower, Hunter Phillips and Collin Klingensmith. Scott Cooper and Zawicki each had one RBI.

    April 16, 2014

  • 4-16 Central High 2.jpg Bronchos survive Fletcher

    Coach Jeff Jones realized he made a mistake after Tuesday’s 8-7 win at home versus Fletcher.
    He saw that his freshman pitcher, Dylan Jones, was struggling but he still hoped that the Bronchos could finish off the win with him on the mound. Jones had only given up one run in six full innings. Why shouldn’t the coach stick with him?

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Girls tennis tops at Guthrie

    The Duncan girls tennis team won a tournament hosted by Guthrie in Oklahoma City Tuesday.
    The tournament was moved from Monday because of weather. It didn’t affect the Demons, as they reached the finals in all four divisions and won three.

    April 16, 2014

  • 4-16 duncan soccer photo.jpg Soccer teams do well despite losses to Antlers

    Although the Duncan soccer teams didn’t score a goal against Deer Creek Tuesday at home, the coaches liked how the teams played against a tough opponent.
    The boys particularly made it tough on the Antlers in a 2-0 loss. Duncan kept Deer Creek off balance had plenty of opportunities to scores, but couldn’t finish shots.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Poll

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