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November 11, 2012

Monday Morning Quarterback: Week 11

DUNCAN — Every Monday during football season, I will take some time to examine the week that was.

Winners Expect to Win

It was a familiar scene Friday night.

The Velma-Alma Comets were trailing late in the fourth quarter, needing to come through on their final drive to pull out a victory.

It was a familiar result, too, as the Comets punched in a game-winning touchdown with 27 seconds left to beat Watonga and advance to the second round of the Class A playoffs.

Velma-Alma is 2-0 in games decided by seven points or fewer this season, also beating Elmore City-Pernell 30-25 on a late score.

The reason the Comets are so good in the clutch is simple: They expect to win the close ones.

These are many of the same athletes that went undefeated during basketball season all the way into the playoffs, and the same ones that cruised to a state track championship.

Coaches and administrators often use terms like “tradition of excellence,” “winning attitude,” or “a winning culture.” What all of those expressions really mean is that teams experienced in winning expect to win, and teams that expect to win, usually do.

 

Grand exit

It’s the marker all ball carriers are measured against: 1,000 yards in a season.

In their final games of the year, two more area players came up big and reached that achievement on Friday night.

Duncan junior running back Je’Mario McCoy gave Bishop McGuinness fits all night as he ran for 185 yards, capping his season with 1,024 yards.

Empire sophomore running back/receiver/quarterback Dillon Twigg exploded for 198 yards to cap his breakout season with 1,148 yards rushing.

The two join Dallen Mercer (Velma-Alma), Kevin Harris (Central High), Austin Masoner (Waurika) and Kale Reed (Comanche) as members of this year’s 1,000-yard club.

Proving worth

To be frank, I wasn’t expecting a close game on Friday as I traveled to Oklahoma City to watch Duncan take on Bishop McGuinness.

Duncan’s a good team, don’t get me wrong, but we’re talking about McGuinness, a team favored by many to win the Class 5A state title just two weeks ago (prior to a Week 10 loss to Deer Creek). On top of that, it was an Irish squad that beat Guthrie 32-0, the same Guthrie team that beat Duncan 43-0 in Week 1.

Yet, with just a few minutes left on the clock Friday night, Duncan had the ball and a chance to tie the game or even take the lead.

The Demons were hoping for a win, of course, but to play neck-and-neck with a team that could easily win the state title is something to be proud of and applauded for. The improvement they showed from the start of the season was astounding, which speaks to the quality of the coaches and to the character of the players.

Instant success

Three area teams brought in new head coaches this season, and none had easy tasks.

On Friday night, though, two of those teams were still playing football.

Central High’s Darren Lamar was hired just weeks before the start of the season, but got players to buy into the system, go 7-4 and reach the playoffs.

Marlow’s Rob Renshaw took over a program coming off a 1-9 season and quickly instilled toughness that carried them all the way to the postseason.

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    The Demons won the first game 13-0. Dylan Zawicki got his fourth win of the season. Duncan got two-run singles from Mason Hightower, Hunter Phillips and Collin Klingensmith. Scott Cooper and Zawicki each had one RBI.

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  • 4-16 Central High 2.jpg Bronchos survive Fletcher

    Coach Jeff Jones realized he made a mistake after Tuesday’s 8-7 win at home versus Fletcher.
    He saw that his freshman pitcher, Dylan Jones, was struggling but he still hoped that the Bronchos could finish off the win with him on the mound. Jones had only given up one run in six full innings. Why shouldn’t the coach stick with him?

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Girls tennis tops at Guthrie

    The Duncan girls tennis team won a tournament hosted by Guthrie in Oklahoma City Tuesday.
    The tournament was moved from Monday because of weather. It didn’t affect the Demons, as they reached the finals in all four divisions and won three.

    April 16, 2014

  • 4-16 duncan soccer photo.jpg Soccer teams do well despite losses to Antlers

    Although the Duncan soccer teams didn’t score a goal against Deer Creek Tuesday at home, the coaches liked how the teams played against a tough opponent.
    The boys particularly made it tough on the Antlers in a 2-0 loss. Duncan kept Deer Creek off balance had plenty of opportunities to scores, but couldn’t finish shots.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Golfers sixth at Fort Sill

    Windy conditions made it difficult on the Duncan boys golf team at the Class 5A state preview tournament at Fort Sill Monday.
    “It was a rough day on everybody,” said Demon coach Lindy Welborn. “I’m betting (the golfers) were concerned more with how they were going to get warm than what the’d get out of their next shot.”

    April 16, 2014

  • 4-16 Obit Glenna Gray.jpg Glenna L. Gray

    Glenna L. Gray, 67 of Oklahoma City a former long time Duncan resident passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, at her home in Oklahoma City.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-15 connor kelly signing photo.jpg Kelly headed to Southeastern

    Duncan senior Connor Kelly signed Monday to play football for Southeastern Oklahoma University.
    Kelly, who played quarterback and defensive back for the Demons, considered several options before joining his father Kevin’s alma mater. Connor Kelly is also a standout wrestler and hurdler for the Demons.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Demon home game becomes road doubleheader

    The Duncan baseball team will head to Del City for a doubleheader Tuesday after its scheduled home Monday game was postponed.
    Demon coach Tim Hightower said Del City had some transportation issues that kept the Eagles from making it to Duncan. Snow in Del City delayed school buses and one would not have been available to bring the players to Duncan until between 4:30 and 5 p.m. That would mean delaying the start time of Monday’s game until later in the evening, when it would have been cold.

    April 15, 2014

  • 4-15 Cooper Phillips Phillips’ pitching gives CHS hope in loss

    In a 4-0 loss Saturday, No. 11 Central High stood toe to toe with No. 4 Sterling in the Jake Leffler Wooden Bat Tournament final.
    Sophomore Cooper Phillips pitched a complete game for the Bronchos (16-7), allowing just one earned run, five hits and no walks. Coach Jeff Jones said with the team’s usual production, the Bronchos could have won the game.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-15 duncan golf kayla witt.jpg Weather makes things tough at state preview

    Cold, windy conditions greeted players at the Class 5A state girls golf preview tournament at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club Monday.
    Duncan girls golf coach Steve Etheridge described the conditions as miserable. The golfers who came to experience the course that will be the site of the Class 5A state tournament didn’t have good scores because of the weather.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

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