A short week of practice can make it tough to prepare for a game.
That’s what Duncan football coach Jim Holloway said makes Thursday’s game at Lawton MacArthur (4-2) particularly challenging.
“You have to condense four practices into that time frame,” he said. “It’s not just learning new stuff, but the mental preparation has got to go twice as fast.”
Additionally, MacArthur is more accustomed to playing Thursday night games, because the school shares a stadium with Class 6A schools Lawton High and Eisenhower.
Nonetheless, the Demons (2-3) will work to improve and keep themselves in good position in District 1-5A. The two teams have identical 2-1 district records. Duncan, along with its loss to Ardmore, holds district victories against Capitol Hill and Altus. The Highlanders have beaten Chickasha and Southeast but lost to Del City.
Holloway said that Duncan’s mistakes on offense and Ardmore’s speed on defense each played a role in the outcome of last week’s 28-0 loss.
“Collectively, as a team, that was our worst night to execute our offense all season long,” he said, adding that it wasn’t at any one position, but all around.
Along with better execution on offense, Holloway said the Demons need to do a better job of punting and win the battle of field position. In last week’s game, one Duncan fumble was returned for an Ardmore touchdown and another Demom fumble gave the Tigers good field position. The Tigers’ other scores were set up on short field because of punting problems — one from a short punt and the other when a low snap forced the punter down to one knee.
The end result was, despite the Demons outgaining the Tigers on offense, 235 yards to 196, the Tigers took advantage of good field position and scored off short drives.
“That’s why stats can be misleading,” Holloway said. “When you look at the box scores, what you really want to look at are interceptions, fumbles, penalties, punting, punt returns and kick returns. These areas are far more important than stats than rushing and passing totals.”
Holloway described MacArthur as having exceptional athletes with a lot of speed, meaning it will be important for the Demons to execute offensively.
He said that the Highlanders have mostly run a 5-2 defense this season, but for one game, they switched to a 4-2 defense, which they usually ran in past seasons.
“We are accustomed to seeing them adjust their defense to what we do on offense, and we do the same,” Holloway said.
MacArthur will line up in the shotgun on offense, with sets ranging from an empty backfield to three backs. Holloway said that the Highlanders will stretch the field horizontally.
“They make you defend the entire field, sideline to sideline and end zone to end zone,” he said.
A short week of practice can make it tough to prepare for a game.
Outlaws have chance to host regionals
The Marlow baseball team has had to overcome some adversity in recent weeks, but coach Jeff Brewer is confident the team will get back on track.
The past week started with a road game at Blanchard, ranked seventh in Class 4A, last Tuesday. Then came a tough outing at home against Class 4A Newcastle Thursday and a showdown Friday at Sterling, ranked fourth in Class A.
Tennis teams place second
The Duncan tennis teams did well for themselves in a tough field at the BancFirst Tournament.
The girls played Friday and took second as a team, with Marisa Moore taking second at No. 2 singles and Aubrey Mouser and Jordan Clauson the same placing at No. 2 doubles. Taking third were Alex Bowers at No. 1 singles and Sydney Hendricks and Carly Kirkland at No. 1 doubles.
Bronchos boast top-notch backstops
Central High coach Jeff Jones has had to tinker with his lineup to get the best Bronchos on the field for most of the year, but one position he hasn’t had to worry about is catcher.
That consistency came in the form of two very different players.
First, there’s the unheralded freshman Keeton Sallee. Flirting with a .400 batting average, Sallee is one of the Bronchos’ best offensive weapons. On defense, his quick release and strong arm cause headaches for opponents on the basepath. Just months into his high-school career, he’s performing admirably.
Girls soccer wins big at Eisenhower
The Duncan girls soccer team dominated its match at Lawton Eisenhower Friday, winning 8-0.
“We really moved the ball well,” said Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay. “We did a fantastic job. Everyone got a good amount of playing time.”
‘Dial’-ing up a vaulting tradition
Marlow’s pole vaulters have a good chance to continue the legacy of Joe Dial.
Dial held the world record in the men’s indoor pole vault at one point, clearing 19 feet, 3 3/4 inches in on Feb. 1, 1986. He was a four-time state champion at Marlow from 1978 to 1981, with his best state meet mark coming in 1980 when he cleared 17 feet, 1 inch. He now coaches track at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.
Demons post good times at tough meet
A meet at the University of Oklahoma Friday proved tough for the Duncan track athletes, but the coaches saw plenty of good things.
Duncan’s boys tallied nine top-six placings at a meet that mostly featured Class 6A schools. Kevin Roddy won the shot put (57’1.5”) and discus (178’11”), Mason Bivens won the 3200 (9:53.71) and Walker Clampitt won the 800 (2:00.03).
Four named to DHS Athletic Hall of Fame
A star on two state champion football teams, two females who will set precedent for their sports and a Velma native who is a mover and shaker in the tennis program comprise the 2014 Duncan Athletic Hall of Fame class to be inducted when DHS holds its annual All-Sports Assembly on Monday, May 19.
Four stand out for Indians at Marietta
Several Comanche track athletes had good showings at a meet in Marietta Friday.
Braden Ledford placed second in the high jump, despite being limited with a hip flexor injury. Track coach Steve Justus said he has been taking it easy with Ledford so he will be healthy for regionals. Ledford has the potential to clear 6 feet, 2 inches, Justus said.
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.
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