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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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