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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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