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November 4, 2012

Monday Morning Quarterback: Week 10

DUNCAN — Every Monday during football season, I will take some time to examine the week that was.

Playoff Surge

Every area team that had a chance to reach the postseason, coming into Friday night, did.

Duncan, Velma-Alma and Empire had already locked up spots in the postseason and were just jockeying for final position. Central High, Comanche and Marlow, meanwhile, were still fighting to keep their seasons alive.

Well, I take that back. Marlow was fighting the No. 1 team in Class 3A (Kingfisher), while Mount Saint Mary was fighting Little Axe for the Outlaws’ season to stay alive.

Amazingly all three teams did what they needed to do to secure spots in the playoffs—Central High beat Cyril, Comanche beat Hinton by more than 15 points and Mount Saint Mary got its first district win and bounced Little Axe in the process — giving Stephens County seven postseason-bound teams. Not too shabby.


Go out strong

Waurika was one of the two area team not to make the playoffs. They knew that was the case coming into Friday night’s game, giving them seemingly little to play for.

That’s not the way the Eagles approached it, though.

Instead of throwing in the towel and averting their attention to basketball season, Waurika went out with a bang, topping Oklahoma Christian Academy, 40-22..

Hitting the numbers

With 252 yards on the ground Friday, Kale Reed became just the fourth area player to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing mark this season, joining Kevin Harris (Central High), Dallen Mercer (Velma-Alma) and Austin Masoner (Waurika). Empire’s Dillon Twigg is at 950 yards, while teammate Stephen Price is at 870 and Duncan’s Je’Mario McCoy is at 839.

Masoner became the first area player to surpass 2,000 yards of total offense, finishing with 2,140 (1,370 rushing and 770 receiving). Harris is just 201 yards away from the mark with 1,799 yards rushing and receiving.

Waurika quarterback Blaine Shockley eclipsed 1,500 yards passing the season, wrapping up his year with 1,604 yards through the air. The next closest area quarterback is Marlow’s Wakely Bergner with 674 yards passing.

Balancing the attack

After a slew of injuries, including a season-ending ankle injury to junior tailback Trey Coffman, the Marlow Outlaws have had to make some major changes to their offense in a very short amount of time, going away from their 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust style to an attack more based on speed and passing. So far, the offense has had some success as Marlow has broken off big touchdown plays each of the last two weeks.

Though Duncan is still a very run-heavy team, the passing game seems to have made significant strides in the past few weeks. For the second straight week senior quarterback Tanner Norton completed 50 percent of his passes with no interceptions. The Demons will need to be able to rely on that passing game this week against a tough Bishop McGuinness squad if they want to convert on third downs and hang up some points on the Irish.

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  • 4-24 duncan baseball photo.jpg Demon baseball to face best in Class 5A

    The Duncan baseball team will see the best Class 5A has to offer at the McAlester Shootout Thursday through Saturday.
    Demon coach Tim Hightower described the event as a “pre-state tournament” because many of the teams attending are state tournament contenders.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-24 duncan girls soccer photo.jpg Soccer teams finish season at home

    The Duncan soccer teams won’t go to the postseason, but they have plenty to play for Friday night against Western Heights.
    It’s the last home games for the Demons and it’s Senior Night. The girls will look to finish near .500 for the season, while the boys want a good showing against a tough opponent.

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Chamber Golf Classic proves to be popular event

    When word got out that entries would be accepted for the Duncan Chamber Golf Classic, set for Friday at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club, it didn’t take long for people to respond.
    As club general manager Mike Hansen put it: “They sent out an e-mail and filled it up in a day.”

    April 24, 2014

  • Thunder look to bounce back

    During the hey day of L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, a new term was added to the lexicon. Anyone who seemingly was able to slow down the prolific scorer was automatically dubbed the Kobe Stopper.
    Players such as Ruben Patterson, Raja Bell, Shane Battier, Ron Artest and Bruce Bowen all had the tag attached to their name, despite Bryant putting up big numbers against them.

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-23 duncan baseball photo.jpg Demons hoping for top-four finish

    The Duncan baseball team will need to take care of business next week in its final District 2-5A games.
    The Demons are 7-5 in district (16-9 overall) after dropping both games of a doubleheader at Carl Albert Monday, 8-1 and 4-1. The Titans (13-1, 26-4) won the district title.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Girls soccer gets it done at Altus

    The Duncan girls soccer team battled in a tough environment at Altus to win 1-0 Tuesday.
    Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay said it was frustrating at times for the girls because of some questionable calls the officials made. But she was happy the girls pulled together to win.

    April 23, 2014

  • Meshell shines as Outlaws beat Warriors

    The Marlow baseball team got help from Beau Meshell on the mound and at the plate in a 7-4 home victory against Anadarko Tuesday.
    Meshell held Anadarko to one earned run off three hits and did not walk a batter. He reached base three times, had one run batted in and scored one run.

    April 23, 2014

  • Girls golfers take fourth at Deer Creek

    The Duncan girls golfers took fourth at a tournament hosted by Deer Creek High School at Coffee Creek Golf Course in Edmond Tuesday.
    Lady Demon coach Steve Etheridge said that the girls played as well as they have all year. Although the golfers struggled putting on some fast greens, Etheridge was happy with their overall performance.

    April 23, 2014

  • Empire softball tries to spark offense

    The Lady Bulldogs are trying to find a way to spice up their offense in preparation for the Class 3A slowpitch softball playoffs.
    Empire has played a tough schedule, with four of the first seven games coming against ranked opponents. However, coach Tony Roberts thinks the team just needs to have some more timely hitting to get on the winning track.

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-22 marlow baseball photo.jpg Outlaws shut out Indians

    Marlow baseball snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-0 win at home against Comanche Monday.
    “We needed to get this win and we got it,” said Marlow coach Jeff Brewer.

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