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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.”