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November 7, 2013

Demons aim for playoff berth

DUNCAN — A playoff spot is on the line as the Duncan football team heads to Chickasha Friday.

The Demons (3-3, 3-5) will claim fourth place and a playoff berth with a win. The Fighting Chicks (2-4, 4-5) could claim the playoff spot, but need to win by at least six points.

But Demon coach Jim Holloway said the goal is clear.

“We are preparing to win,” he said.

Still, Holloway admitted that, given what is at stake, the atmosphere for Friday’s game should be “as good as it gets.”

“It’s unique that we will go head to head with them and be fighting for the same playoff berth,” he said. “There is more on the line in this game than if the teams were playing for first and second.

“I’ve been in many games like this through the years. It brings out the best in both teams.”

Chickasha runs many plays on offense, having anywhere from three backs to an empty backfield. Holloway said the Chicks will spread things out and force defenses to prepare for many formations.

“That is  how Chickasha has been like for the last several years,” Hollloway said.

Defensively, Holloway said the Chicks have always been tough and hard nosed. He credited Chickasha head coach Tom Cobble for how well he prepares the defense.

Holloway said Duncan’s practices have been strong this week, as they have been for much of the season.

“I wouldn’t expect anything different from this group,” he said. “They do 99 percent of the things we ask them to do. We are having our best practice performances we have had all season long.”

Holloway added that the team’s unselfishness has been an asset.

“They don’t care who gets the credit,” he said. “With a group who is unselfish, you have a lot of success.”

Holloway attributed that to the seniors who have observed the players before them — selfish and unselfish players alike — and chose to be the latter.

“They have laid a strong foundation for the underclassmen,” he said. “They have made it a real pleasure for the coach and for all the staff.”

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