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The fans who came out to Halliburton Stadium Monday night for the Duncan 9th/JV game against Ardmore got their money’s worth, and then some.
Down 17-0 after one quarter of play, the Demons produced an amazing comeback, which culminated with Bryce Byford scoring a 5-yard touchdown with one second left, to give Duncan a 26-23 victory.
“That was one of the best drives we’ve had all season,” Duncan coach Steve Etheridge said about the game-winning drive. “We went 80 yards in five and a half minutes, and had one pass play the entire series. Our kids were challenged to go put the ball in the endzone and they did it, with everyone doing their part in the process.”
In a fourth quarter that had it all from a football perspective, there was one moment which brought Halliburton Stadium to a complete silence.
With 5:48 left in regulation, Ardmore’s Tenn Bowman had to be stretchered off the field with help from EMT’s due to a suspected neck injury. Preliminary reports from coaches did state that Bowman had movement in his fingers and toes at the time of his departure.
But, before the silence came many roars from both sides of the stadium.
Ardmore increased its lead to 23-14 with 9:52 after Jake Patterson found OJ Walker for a 30 yard touchdown pass.
On the ensuing drive, Duncan needed just two plays to cut the deficit to three points.
Spencer Cagg connected with Nathan Clark for a 74-yard touchdown pass, making it 23-20 with 8:36 left in the quarter.
There was much more drama left in the contest.
After an interception on the Tigers’ next drive, the Demons began their march towards a potential game-winning score.
Despite dodging two fumble recoveries, Duncan wouldn’t be denied on the evening.
On 4th and 5 from the 5-yard line, Byford received a generous push from his offensive line, resulting in the pile of players collapsing into the endzone.
But, in the first quarter anything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Demons.
After a botched snap gave the Tigers the ball on the one-yard line, Walker made it 6-0 before a successful two-point conversion gave AHS an 8-0 lead at the 8:29 mark.
Just over seven minutes later, more snap miscues cost the Demons again on fourth down as the ball went out of the endzone for a safety.
Ardmore finished the quarter with a 35 yard touchdown pass from Walker to Adonnis McGee, giving the Tigers a 17-0 lead.
“We talk to the kids all the time about the game lasting 40 minutes,” Etheridge said. “After we finally got going and figured things out, we did the things we needed to do. Hopefully this will give us some confidence and momentum to end the season.”
Mason Hightower got the Demons on the board with a one-yard touchdown plunge at the 4:51 mark of the second quarter, before Cagg scored from one yard out as well, in addition to scoring the two-point conversion, making it 17-14 heading into halftime.
Duncan (5-2) will finish the season off with a matchup against Noble next Monday with freshman starting at 5 p.m. and the junior varsity at 7 p.m.