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.