Del City —
One big play shifted the momentum.
Duncan led 7-6 in Friday’s District 1-5A football game at Del City and, in the third quarter, forced the Eagles into third-and-10 at Del City’s 31-yard line.
Eagle quarterback Colin Watford, escaping a defender, threw up a pass junior receiver Davion Freeman pulled in and raced to the end zone.
The Eagles then made a two-point conversion, taking a 14-7 lead with 5:44 left in the third. Duncan was unable to respond and took the loss.
“That’s the thing that has hurt us on defense all year — the home run play,” said Demon coach Jim Holloway. “That (long pass play) was the difference in the game — that and the two-point conversion.”
The Demons (3-3, 3-5) need a win next week at Chickasha to claim fourth place in the district and the final playoff spot.
“If we beat Chickasha, that takes care of everything,” Holloway said. “All we need to do is get in the playoffs and, after that, it’s a whole new season.”
Meanwhile, Del City (5-1, 6-3) assured itself of a top-three finish in the district. Its final spot will be determined in a week’s time. The Eagles hold a victory over Lawton MacArthur (5-1, 7-2), which will play Ardmore (6-0, 8-1). A three-way tie could give the Eagles first place.
“We need to win and we need help,” said Eagle coach Nick Warehine. “We will see what happens.”
The Demons had two promising drives that ended on lost fumbles. They got good field position on other drives but didn’t always capitalize.
“Offensively, we had our moments but we were not consistent,” Holloway said. “But their defense had a lot to do with that. They are very talented up front.”
Defensively, the Demons found ways to stop most of Del City’s drives, but the one big play made the difference.
Del City’s first touchdown came in the second quarter, after speedy running back Carnez Brown gained 15 and 19 yards on a pair of rushes to give the Eagles the ball at the Demon 19-yard line. The Demons forced Del City to fourth-and-6 at the 12 but, when Watford found nobody open, he took off and got to the 3-yard line, enough for a first down.
The next play, Brown punched it into the end zone. Duncan held onto the lead, though, after blocking the extra-point kick attempt.
The Demons took advantage of good field position in the opening period to get on the board first. After stopping Del City on fourth-and-1 at their own 47-yard line, the Demons got an 18-yard run from Je’Mario McCoy and a 19-yard run from Stacee Morrison to help set up a 3-yard run into the end zone by Connor Kelly with 1:05 left in the first quarter.
The Demons never scored again.
McCoy led the Demons with 142 yards rushing on 24 carries. Anthony Mason led the Eagles’ rushing attack with 117 yards on 30 carries.
Warehine said the play of the offensive line and the defense were huge.
“Our expectation was that our offensive line would carry us,” he said, “and that we’d play good enough defense to give ourselves a chance.”
Despite the loss, Holloway hoped that his players will recover and close the season with a win at Chickasha
“We can’t let one disappointment, one letdown spoil our season,” he said. “We’ve got to bounce back, but I know we’ll bounce back.”
Demons lose close game against Eagles
Del City —
One big play shifted the momentum.
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.
Tennis teams place second
The Duncan tennis teams did well for themselves in a tough field at the BancFirst Tournament.
The girls played Friday and took second as a team, with Marisa Moore taking second at No. 2 singles and Aubrey Mouser and Jordan Clauson the same placing at No. 2 doubles. Taking third were Alex Bowers at No. 1 singles and Sydney Hendricks and Carly Kirkland at No. 1 doubles.
Bronchos boast top-notch backstops
Central High coach Jeff Jones has had to tinker with his lineup to get the best Bronchos on the field for most of the year, but one position he hasn’t had to worry about is catcher.
That consistency came in the form of two very different players.
First, there’s the unheralded freshman Keeton Sallee. Flirting with a .400 batting average, Sallee is one of the Bronchos’ best offensive weapons. On defense, his quick release and strong arm cause headaches for opponents on the basepath. Just months into his high-school career, he’s performing admirably.
Girls soccer wins big at Eisenhower
The Duncan girls soccer team dominated its match at Lawton Eisenhower Friday, winning 8-0.
“We really moved the ball well,” said Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay. “We did a fantastic job. Everyone got a good amount of playing time.”
‘Dial’-ing up a vaulting tradition
Marlow’s pole vaulters have a good chance to continue the legacy of Joe Dial.
Dial held the world record in the men’s indoor pole vault at one point, clearing 19 feet, 3 3/4 inches in on Feb. 1, 1986. He was a four-time state champion at Marlow from 1978 to 1981, with his best state meet mark coming in 1980 when he cleared 17 feet, 1 inch. He now coaches track at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.
Demons post good times at tough meet
A meet at the University of Oklahoma Friday proved tough for the Duncan track athletes, but the coaches saw plenty of good things.
Duncan’s boys tallied nine top-six placings at a meet that mostly featured Class 6A schools. Kevin Roddy won the shot put (57’1.5”) and discus (178’11”), Mason Bivens won the 3200 (9:53.71) and Walker Clampitt won the 800 (2:00.03).
Four named to DHS Athletic Hall of Fame
A star on two state champion football teams, two females who will set precedent for their sports and a Velma native who is a mover and shaker in the tennis program comprise the 2014 Duncan Athletic Hall of Fame class to be inducted when DHS holds its annual All-Sports Assembly on Monday, May 19.
Four stand out for Indians at Marietta
Several Comanche track athletes had good showings at a meet in Marietta Friday.
Braden Ledford placed second in the high jump, despite being limited with a hip flexor injury. Track coach Steve Justus said he has been taking it easy with Ledford so he will be healthy for regionals. Ledford has the potential to clear 6 feet, 2 inches, Justus said.
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.
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.
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