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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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  • Demon golfers compete at Lincoln Park

    The Duncan boys golfers competed at a tournament at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City Thursday.
    Individual scores were Blake Graham with 76 and 79, Logan Harris with 76 and 75, Tyler Albin with 77 and 78, Christian Dructor with 78 and 86, and Carson Hogstad with 80 and 83.

    April 18, 2014

  • 4-18 duncan track photo.jpg Track teams head to Norman

    The Duncan track athletes travel to Norman today for a meet at the University of Oklahoma.
    Duncan boys coach Todd Ledford said that the Demons will be one of just three Class 5A teams attending. The rest of the teams are 6A.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Demon baseball beats Plainview in extra innings

    The Duncan baseball team had to go extra innings and then hold off a late rally to win at Plainview 3-2 Thursday.
    The game was tied 1-1 after seven innings. The Demons broke the tie with two runs in the top of the eighth, but Plainview battled back to make it 3-2 in its half of the inning.

    April 18, 2014

  • More home tourney action awaits Demons

    Another weekend of home matches await the Duncan tennis teams.
    The BancFirst Tournament will be at the Duncan High School tennis courts, with the girls playing Friday and the boys Saturday. The tourneys come one week after Duncan hosted the Southern Oklahoma Invitational.

    April 18, 2014

  • 4-18 Empire baseball.jpg Bulldog pitching staff builds confidence

    Heading towards the postseason, Empire is closing in on the possibility of winning record thanks in large part to its improvements on defense.
    The Bulldogs (10-11) have cut down the errors from 10 or more a game to two or three a game. Coach Stefan Hunt said that’s led to the pitchers seeing some better results on the mound. Though, the pitchers have improved their game as well.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-17 duncan baseball photo.jpg Demons in close district race

    The Duncan baseball team is in a close race to finish in the top four in District 2-5A and earn a trip to regionals.
    Duncan is 7-3 in district and in third place. First-place Carl Albert has lost just one district game. The Titans split with second-place Chickasha, which also split with Duncan.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-17 jaz gayanich signing photo.jpg Gayanich to play for Panhandle State

    Velma-Alma senior Jaz Gayanich signed Wednesday to play basketball for Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell.
    Gayanich said Panhandle coach Jerry Olsen was upfront about his program and ideas, compared to other coaches Gayanich visited. Gayanich already knows what role he’s expected to play.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Those who knew John Humphrey respected him

    Duncan resident Rod Battles got to know John Humphrey pretty well.
    Battles first played Duncan High School baseball for Humphrey in 1965. He later returned to DHS, when Humphrey hired him as an assistant, and later head baseball coach. After both men retired, they became fishing buddies. Humphrey joined Battles and others for annual trips to Lake Texhoma.

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-17 VA baseball Comets stay calm under pressure

    Lately, Velma-Alma baseball has made a habit of having some exciting finishes.
    In its home tournament, the Jake Leffler Wooden Bat Tournament, last weekend, it won four of five games. All of those victories came by less than five runs and two of them were by only one run.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Course challenges Lady Demons

    The Duncan girls golf team took sixth at the longest course it has played this year.
    KickingBird Golf Course is 5,300 yards. Add the windy conditions at the tournament hosted by Edmond Santa Fe and it made for a challenging day.

    April 17, 2014

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