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October 14, 2012

Monday Morning Quarterback: Week 7

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

Losses Worth Celebrating

Junior running back Je’Mario McCoy stared at the ground between his shoes as he sat on the bench with a towel draped over his head. Other Duncan players were chewing on the end of their mouth pieces or blankly watching the scoreboard as the final seconds ticked off the clock, none able to hide their disappointment in Friday night’s 15-0 loss to Lawton MacArthur.

In Fox, it was likely a similar scene as Central High fell to the Foxes, 50-22.

In both cases, though, the losing team proved something.

MacArthur (District 5A-2) and Fox (District B-2) came into the season as the hands-down favorites in their respective leagues. On Friday, both were fighting for their lives.

Duncan had opportunities to beat the Highlanders, who were taken down in the back field 14 times Friday.

Central High certainly had a chance to win as well, leading 14-0 in the second quarter.

The losses sting, as any loss does, but the shouldn’t rattle either team’s confidence. They played the best their districts had to offer and they proved they are a worthy opponent. That’s got to take away a little bit of the sting.


Injury Bug Becomes Pneumonia

Chemistry is important for teams. So is determination, attention to detail and of course talent. Nothing, though, is more crucial to success than staying healthy.

In the first seven weeks of the season, there haven’t been many “devastating injuries,” but the sprains, bruises and breaks are starting to weigh teams down.

With fullback Jeff Bear on the sideline wearing a sling for the second straight game, the Demons got even thinner at fullback for a while Friday as Logan Gadbow got shaken up and had to come out, leaving Cameron McGill to go both way full-time for a while.

Velma-Alma fans were holding their breath as senior running back Dallen Mercer took the field while still nursing a sprained ankle. The Comets’ success for the rest of the season will ride heavily on Mercer with sophomore quarterback Ty Richardson out the rest of the year with a broken leg.

No team, though, has been hit by the injury bug quite like Comanche.

The Indians have been riddled with every type of ailment at about every position. In the second half Friday, as they were trying to mount a comeback at Washington, the Indians were without their top two offensive threats — quarterback Kale Reed and running back Clayton Fennell.

If Comanche is going to make a run to the playoffs, they will have to get healthy, and then stay healthy.

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  • 4-23 duncan baseball photo.jpg Demons hoping for top-four finish

    The Duncan baseball team will need to take care of business next week in its final District 2-5A games.
    The Demons are 7-5 in district (16-9 overall) after dropping both games of a doubleheader at Carl Albert Monday, 8-1 and 4-1. The Titans (13-1, 26-4) won the district title.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Girls soccer gets it done at Altus

    The Duncan girls soccer team battled in a tough environment at Altus to win 1-0 Tuesday.
    Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay said it was frustrating at times for the girls because of some questionable calls the officials made. But she was happy the girls pulled together to win.

    April 23, 2014

  • Meshell shines as Outlaws beat Warriors

    The Marlow baseball team got help from Beau Meshell on the mound and at the plate in a 7-4 home victory against Anadarko Tuesday.
    Meshell held Anadarko to one earned run off three hits and did not walk a batter. He reached base three times, had one run batted in and scored one run.

    April 23, 2014

  • Girls golfers take fourth at Deer Creek

    The Duncan girls golfers took fourth at a tournament hosted by Deer Creek High School at Coffee Creek Golf Course in Edmond Tuesday.
    Lady Demon coach Steve Etheridge said that the girls played as well as they have all year. Although the golfers struggled putting on some fast greens, Etheridge was happy with their overall performance.

    April 23, 2014

  • Empire softball tries to spark offense

    The Lady Bulldogs are trying to find a way to spice up their offense in preparation for the Class 3A slowpitch softball playoffs.
    Empire has played a tough schedule, with four of the first seven games coming against ranked opponents. However, coach Tony Roberts thinks the team just needs to have some more timely hitting to get on the winning track.

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-22 marlow baseball photo.jpg Outlaws shut out Indians

    Marlow baseball snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-0 win at home against Comanche Monday.
    “We needed to get this win and we got it,” said Marlow coach Jeff Brewer.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4-22 duncan golf photo albin.jpg Demon golfers focused on regionals

    The Duncan boys golfers have two more tournaments left before regionals.
    The Demons will head to Ardmore this Monday for a tournament that was postponed from March 3 because of the weather.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-22 tyee percival photo.jpg Tourney named in memory of T-ball player

    The Comanche Youth Council will dedicate its preseason baseball and softball tournament to the memory of a T-ball player who unexpectedly passed away this past weekend.
    Tyee Percival, 5, was in his first year of T-ball and played for the Rangers. The youth council has named its preseason tourney the Tyee Percival Memorial Tournament. The council will hang a commemorative banner over the T-ball field at the Comanche Field of Dreams.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lady Donkeys push towards playoffs

    Fighting its roster limitations, Bray-Doyle slowpitch softball has a rare opportunity in front of it.
    Coach Frank Moser is optimistic about his chances in district versus Mayesville and No. 5 Roff. While Roff has been one of the best teams in Class 2A — it has a winning record despite almost all of its games coming against ranked competitors — Mayesville has been one of the worst. It picked up its first win against Alex on April 8 by just one run.

    April 22, 2014

  • Outlaws have chance to host regionals

    The Marlow baseball team has had to overcome some adversity in recent weeks, but coach Jeff Brewer is confident the team will get back on track.
    The past week started with a road game at Blanchard, ranked seventh in Class 4A, last Tuesday. Then came a tough outing at home against Class 4A Newcastle Thursday and a showdown Friday at Sterling, ranked fourth in Class A.

    April 20, 2014

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