The Duncan Banner

September 22, 2013

Demons challenge Titans

Big plays difference early in game

Bob Morris
The Duncan Banner

MIDWEST CITY — — The Demons gave quite a scare to one of the top teams in Class 5A.

The Duncan High School football team was able to move the ball well for most of Friday’s contest at Carl Albert High School, with three entering the red zone and one resulting in a touchdown.

But two big plays by Carl Albert, plus the Titans taking advantage of an early Demon fumble, allowed Carl Albert to take an early 21-0 lead and go on to win 28-6.

“We’ve got to not give up those home run plays,” said Demon coach Jim Holloway.

Still, it was a game in which the Demons showed they could move the ball effectively against a team as strong as the Titans.

“We had a lot of good drives tonight,” Holloway said. “We just couldn’t finish them.”

He added he was happy to see the players remain resilient even when trailing 21-0 early in the second quarter.

“For them to keep staying the course the way they did, and fighting the way they did, I’m really proud of them,” Holloway said.

After fumbling on its first drive — after which the Titans capitalized for their first score of the game — the Demons bounced back, taking the ball from its own 17-yard line all the way to Carl Albert’s 5. The Demons, though, couldn’t punch it into the end zone.

Carl Albert took over at its own 1-yard line, only for Titan quarterback Stevie Thompson to hook up with receiver Dillon Lohr, who pulled in the ball despite being covered well, then took it to the end zone for a 99-yard scoring play.

The Titans closed the first quarter as Chantz Woodberry — who, at 6 feet 1 inch and 228 pounds, proved tough to take down — found room to run for a 70-yard scoring play.

The Demons didn’t allow a big play after that and Carl Albert’s only other touchdown came after a 64-yard drive capped by a 14-yard touchdown run by Thompson.

Duncan responded, though, with Je’Mario McCoy making a textbook “one cut and go” run for 45 yards to set up a 17-yard touchdown run by Bryce Byford.

“Duncan’s got a good team and that wishbone offense can give you a lot of problems,” said Carl Albert coach Gary Rose. “Coach Holloway takes what he has and really gets the most out of it.”

The Titans threatened to score again, but Duncan’s Mikal Lewis intercepted a pass — his second pick of the game — in the end zone to end that drive. The Demons then appeared set to score, but their drive ended after Lohr made a great read and picked off a pass attempt in the end zone.

Quarterback Connor Kelly rushed for 139 yards on 24 carries and McCoy added 116 yards on 11 carries. The Demons tallied 314 rushing yards.

For the Titans,  Woodberry had 180 yards rushing on 17 carries while Thompson had 192 yards passing, completing eight of 16 attempts.

Duncan opens district play at home this Friday against Capitol Hill.