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October 19, 2013

Local Playoff Outlook

DUNCAN — Duncan

By Bob Morris

It was one of those games that had to be seen to be believed.

The Duncan and Lawton MacArthur football teams Thursday night combined for 127 points — the most combined points in any game in Duncan football history. It far surpassed the 88 combined points in the Demons’ game in 2011 against Capitol Hill, a 76-12 Duncan victory, and the same combined total against Pauls Valley in 1923, a 64-24 win for the Demons. For those looking for closer contests, one could consider the Demons’ 49-26 win in 2007 against Chickasha, in which the teams combined for 75 points.

It was also the second-most points ever scored against Duncan. The most was 85 in a 1925 game against Norman — a game the Demons lost 85-0.

Unlike that Norman game, Duncan stayed in the game with MacArthur, even though the Demons didn’t come away with a victory.

Still, the Demons (2-2, 2-4) remain in the playoff hunt. They have games remaining against Southeast, Del City and Chickasha.

“We’ve got to go out and win three,” said Demon coach Jim Holloway. “If we do that, we secure a playoff spot and a chance to be the district runner-up.”

Ardmore (4-0, 6-1) still leads the District 1-5A race. The Tigers beat Chickasha 24-3 Thursday and have games remaining against Capitol Hill, Altus and MacArthur.

The Tigers have already beaten Del City (3-1, 4-3), who is tied with MacArthur (3-1, 5-2) for second in the district. Along with Duncan, the Eagles have games remaining against Chickasha and Southeast. Del City already holds a win over MacArthur, whose remaining games are against Altus, Capitol Hill and Ardmore

Altus (2-2, 2-5) remains in the playoff hunt. The Bulldogs could help their cause if they can beat MacArthur this Friday. They will play Ardmore and Capitol Hill to finish the season.

Chickasha (1-3, 3-4) and Southeast (1- 3, 2-5) have each beaten Capitol Hill but not any other district team. Capitol Hill (0-5, 1-6) is out of the running.

Holloway noted the district title race could depend on what happens when Ardmore and MacArthur face each other Nov. 8, the final week of the regular season.

But because Altus has a chance to slip into the top four, Holloway said, the Demons must focus on their remaining games if they wish to reach the playoffs.

“We need to win three in a row, and then everything else takes care of itself,” he said.

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