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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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  • 4-18 duncan track photo.jpg 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.

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  • 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.

    April 18, 2014

  • 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.

    April 18, 2014

  • 4-18 Empire baseball.jpg 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.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-17 duncan baseball photo.jpg 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.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-17 jaz gayanich signing photo.jpg 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.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-17 VA baseball 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.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    April 17, 2014

  • Demon boys see Guthrie tennis action

    Some younger Duncan boys tennis players got experience at a tournament hosted by Guthrie Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
    The Demons had to adjust their lineup, though, after Cameron McCasland, who was to play No. 1 doubles with Alan Hruby, got sick. Sam Moffit was moved from No. 1 singles to take McCasland’s place

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