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.
Bronchos deliver big victory
No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
Comets can’t pull out upset
When Velma-Alma senior Conner Sullivan hit a halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer to trim Glencoe’s lead, the Panthers, who had gone 57-1 in the last 58 games had to be thinking “oh no, here we go again.”
Comanche can’t close out Alva
It wasn’t the way No. 8 Comanche basketball wanted its season to end, but with a 64-62 loss to No. 10 Alva Thursday, the Indians headed home after the first round of the Class 3A area tournament.
Youth bowlers are state runners-up
Duncan’s high school bowlers took second at the state tournament.
Girls golfers second at Guthrie
The Duncan girls didn’t play under ideal conditions at the Guthrie tournament Thursday, but claimed second as a team.
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