The district opener for the Duncan Demons and the MacArthur Highlanders canceled pending the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association approval for a non-contest.
Members of the Duncan Demon QB Club first reported the cancellation of the game, and Duncan Superintendent Dr. Tom Deighan confirmed.
In the middle of Monday afternoon, the two districts officials conferred and decided the best course of action was to submit the non-contest using the new rule approved by the OSSAA.
OSSAA this last Friday in a special meeting approved with a 12-0 vote the new policy about football district standings in the event any district football game can’t be played due to a virus-related issue.
This is the second week in a row that Duncan will not play a game, as the Demons game at Tulsa Central was canceled after Duncan coach JT Cobble quarantined.
If the approval is made by the OSSAA, then Duncan’s district will go to rules that will determine playoff standing at the end of the season with the regular season officially ending Nov. 8.
Once approved, the district that Duncan plays in will determine playoff positions by the following criteria including total number of district wins not using win percentage; head to head results; average number of marginal points in district play; and lot.
Tiebreaker rules will be used if multiple teams are tied for spots and those tiebreaker rules are all a part of the scenarios on the OSSAA’s website.
Duncan is currently 0-2 on the 2020 season after losing against Lawton High School and Guthrie with this week’s game set to take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Duncan to open up 5A-1 district play.
Once the official non-contest distinction is approved by the OSSAA, the teams will not have to make up the game, according to new guidelines.
The next game for the Demons will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Noble High School where the defending district champions will take on Duncan.