This one hurt.
The Duncan football team lost to Chickasha 20-14 Friday night, ending the Demons’ postseason hopes.
The Demons needed either a win, or a loss by no more than five points, to secure fourth place in District 1-5A.
But the Fighting Chicks scored a late touchdown and kept a six-point margin, securing fourth by way of tiebreakers and ending Duncan’s season at 3-6 overall.
“There’s nothing to tell those kids that will make them feel better,” said Demon coach Jim Holloway. “I feel bad for the seniors. It’s just like hitting a brick wall.”
Meanwhile, the Chicks celebrated a trip to the playoffs after dropping two earlier district games by close margins — games that might have secured the Chicks a playoff berth sooner had they won them.
“We lost to Del City on a field goal and we lost to Altus on a field goal,” said Chick coach Tom Cobble.
But he was happy his players have advanced to the playoffs.
“These kids are so deserving of this,” Cobble said.
Holloway said his team’s inability to finish a few drives, and to stop a few Chickasha drives, made the difference.
“Offensively, we didn’t finish and we turned it over,” he said. “Defensively, we didn’t have an answer.”
The Demons had plenty of opportunities but had mixed results.
There were a few things the Demons did well. Late in the second quarter, the Demons were pinned at their own 3-yard line, but senior quarterback Connor Kelly broke loose on a 35-yard run, then a 24-yard run, to set things up for Je’Mario McCoy. The senior running back made a 33-yard dash to the end zone.
In the third quarter, Kelly came through in the passing game. He hooked up with sophomore Nathan Clark on a 57-yard pass play.
The downside was the Demons fumbling twice in the first quarter when in the red zone. A third fumble — the toughest fumble to swallow — came late in the fourth quarter, just after the Demons had stopped a Chickasha drive at the 40-yard line.
“We had two great opportunities to score in the first quarter and we couldn’t get it in,” Holloway said.
Crucial penalties didn’t help, either. No penalties were called in the first half, but on the Demons’ first drive of the second half, they got to the Chickasha 14-yard line, only to draw a 10-yard holding penalty on third-and-6.
The penalty took the Demons out of field goal range and they were unable to convert on fourth down.
Chickasha, meanwhile, drew just one penalty, a false start in the fourth quarter.
“That’s huge,” Cobble said. “We played pretty clean and disciplined all year long.”
Senior running back Josh Latham accounted for the Chicks’ three touchdowns. One came on a 47-yard run in the third quarter, just after Duncan had taken a 14-7 lead. He scored earlier on an 8-yard run, set up by a 41-yard run by senior Daniel Neff.
His last score — an 8-yard run — decided the game, with the Chicks taking advantage of field position on the Demons’ third lost fumble and a Duncan unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
McCoy finished with 132 yards rushing on 24 carries and Kelly added 108 yards on 13 carries to lead the Demons. Chickasha was led by Latham with 96 yards on 14 carries and Neff with 92 yards on 12 carries.
Holloway complimented the Chicks for how well they played. Still, he said, the Demons had their chances.
“We just needed to take care of the ball but we didn’t,” he said. “You’ve got to give Chickasha credit. They made more plays than we did in the second half.”
This one hurt.
Bronchos deliver big victory
No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
Comets can’t pull out upset
When Velma-Alma senior Conner Sullivan hit a halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer to trim Glencoe’s lead, the Panthers, who had gone 57-1 in the last 58 games had to be thinking “oh no, here we go again.”
Comanche can’t close out Alva
It wasn’t the way No. 8 Comanche basketball wanted its season to end, but with a 64-62 loss to No. 10 Alva Thursday, the Indians headed home after the first round of the Class 3A area tournament.
Youth bowlers are state runners-up
Duncan’s high school bowlers took second at the state tournament.
Girls golfers second at Guthrie
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