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September 5, 2013

Bluejays to pose tough test in season opener

DUNCAN — The Demons will be tested right out of the gate.

The Duncan High School football team hosts Guthrie Friday night to open the 2013 season. And considering how much experience Guthrie brings to the table, the Demons will get a good test.

As Demon coach Jim Holloway puts it, the Demons will have to focus on all 11 players on the Guthrie offense, considering the strength of the roster.

“They’ve got an incredible roster of players coming back,” Holloway said. “And the last 10 or 11 years, they have been one of the premier teams in the class.”

The Oklahoman, in its Aug. 25 football preview, ranked Guthrie fourth in Class 5A. Guthrie runs a spread offense and Holloway said the Bluejays will run many plays out of the shotgun.

“They may have one or two or three backs in the backfield and can run full speed at you, or they can spread you out with one back or no backs,” he said. “And it’s not just the formations that are good. They have very talented personnel.”

Holloway said the players have had some good practices this week, despite the Labor Day weekend. “It’s always a challenge to have a good practice Monday when we are not in school,” he said. “But we got through it OK.”

And although the Demons will enter a rebuilding season, Holloway said the season opener will “set the bar for where we are at right now” and give the Demons an idea about the areas in which they need to improve and the strong points they can emphasize.

More importantly, the first game of the season is something the players eagerly look forward to, the coach said.

“I think the first game of the year is one of the most excitng times of the season for football,” Holloway said. And while it’s always exciting for players to play for a district title or in the state playoffs, “the first game is always something special for these kids,” he said.

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