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October 19, 2013

Local Playoff Outlook


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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.

Remaining schedule:

vs. Southeast

at. Del City

at Chickasha

Marlow

By John McKelvey

One point can change a lot.

Marlow’s 15-14 loss against Jones earlier in the year means it has to win its next two games to qualify for the Class 3A state playoffs. It’s not an impossible task as the Outlaws (4-3, 1-3) play Little Axe (3-4, 1-2) and Bridge Creek (0-6, 0-4). The toughest test will be on the road against Little Axe, but the Outlaws are still likely to be favored.

Playing district favorites Tuttle and Blanchard early in the district season meant that these games were going to be critical. It’s not something that bothers Marlow coach Rob Renshaw, though.

“You gotta beat people regardless of when you play them,” Renshaw said. “We were kind of wanting a home game this year.”

That first round home game is now up for grabs between Tuttle (6-1, 3-0) and Jones (3-4, 2-1). If Jones can pull the upset at home, it could force Tuttle to go on the road to start the playoffs.

Remaining schedule:

at. Little Axe

vs. Bridge Creek

vs. Kingfisher (not a district game)

Comanche

By John McKelvey

Comanche has to win two of its next three games to make it to the state playoffs.

The good thing is all three of their games are winnable, but they are against teams in the same situation as the Indians (3-4, 2-2). The next two opponents, Hobart (4-3, 2-2) and Frederick (3-5, 2-2), are their main competitors for those last two playoff spots.

They all still have to play each other and Hinton, who is winless in district play. Comanche coach Steve Justus pointed out that it is unlikely there’s a three-way tie. So two wins is a must.

“We’re going to have to play well to get two out of those three,” Justus said. “The bright spot is that we did play a lot better in the first half this week.”

Even if Comanche makes it into the playoffs, it will have to go on the road against a very good team. The Indians are looking to avoid the same early exit they had last year, losing in the first round 59-14 to Davis, the eventual state runner-up.

Remaining schedule:

vs. Hobart

at. Frederick

at. Hinton

Empire and Velma-Alma

By Bob Morris

The Empire Bulldogs have a chance to win the District 1-4A championship.

But it’s not just defending state champion Ringling that’s in the way. The Velma-Alma Comets are also waiting.

Empire heads to Ringling this Friday. The two teams have identical 4-0 district records.

If the Bulldogs win, they still must defeat Velma-Alma Nov. 1 to seal the district title.

The Comets are still alive in the hunt for the top spot. Velma-Alma is 3-1 in the district and sits third, ahead of Rush Springs, which is 2-2 in the district and tied with Healdton for fourth. Velma-Alma and Rush Springs face each other in Velma this Friday.

Empire is coming off a 32-13 victory against Wilson Thursday. The Bulldogs’ Dillon Twigg scored four touchdowns and had three more called back on penalties.

“There were nearly 40 penalties called,” said Empire coach Tony Roberts. “I’m glad our kids kept their composure.”

He added the defense played well. Wilson didn’t gain a first down until two minutes into the second quarter.

“It was the best game we played on defense all year,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Comets are coming off a 28-18 win at Walters Thursday. Connor Sullivan and Sirian Smith each had long runs for touchdowns, but Comet coach Greg Gothard had hoped the Comets could put more sustained drives together.

“Walters had 63 offensive plays and we had 32,” he said. “They kept the ball from us.”

But Gothard was pleased that the players found a way to win.

“I told the kids after the game that it was an ugly win, but an ugly win is better than any loss,” he said.

If the Bulldogs and Comets win Friday, then a Comet win in the Nov. 1 meeting could result in a three-way tie for first place.

A Blue Devil win Friday, though, would all but wrap up the district title for Ringling. After facing Empire, the Blue Devils play Nov. 8 against Healdton.

That would leave the Bulldogs and Comets to play for second, assuming the Comets beat Rush Springs this week. Gothard said Rush Springs will be a challenge, but he feels good about his team’s chances, the opportunity to reach the playoffs and then make a deep run.

“We feel we have a good chance to make noise in the playoffs,” he said. “We want to play on Thanksgiving.”

Empire's remaining schedule:

vs. Ringling

at. Velma-Alma

(would be at home vs. Bray-Doyle, but Bray-Doyle already forfeited.)

Velma-Alma remaining schedule:

vs. Rush Springs

vs. Empire

at. Healdton