9-3 Duncan

Duncan quarterback Trent Wilkins bootlegs out Friday at Noble in the Demons 21-0 season opening win.

It was a match up between size and speed, and even though the Duncan Demons took their lumps they came out on top with a 21-0 win over the Noble Bears Friday night.

The large Duncan contingency that made the trip to Noble got see junior quarterback Trent Wilkins run for 164 yards on 17 carries and complete five of 13 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.

“The first win is always good,” Wilkins said. “We had some young guys that haven’t got a lot of experience. They had some holding calls and offsides, but they came together and played well. They (the Bears) were huge, and our lineman did the best they could.”

Caleb Knight carried the ball 15 times for 41 yards and two scores.

However, A.J Hoffman may have played the biggest role as the punter. Hoffman only punted three times and his 36.6 average is a little bit deceiving. He pinned the Bears inside their own 5 in the first half and second half, and ran for a first down after a bad snap on one punt attempt in the fourth quarter. The DHS special teams allowed one large kickoff return, but didn’t allow Noble to return a punt.

“That is the sign of a good Duncan Demon football team,” Demon head coach Jim Holloway said of the punt coverage team.

The Demons were flagged for 10 penalties that covered 70 yards.

“I was proud of the kids. Going on the road and getting about eight holding penalties on the road and overcoming all of that and still win 21-0,” Holloway said.

Hoffman hit only one extra point, and had two snaps on field goal attempts muffed.

“The kicking game was a first game nightmare,” Holloway said.

The defense was sharp, limiting NHS to 135 yards of total offense. Noble didn’t have a running back with more than 41 yards rushing.

Overall, Duncan held a 341-135 edge in offense, and had 13 first downs to Noble’s six.

“At times the offense looked real good, and at times their physical strength wore on us,” Holloway said.

Duncan had only one drive where it was forced to punt after three plays, while every other drive lasted at least six plays. Noble was forced to three-and-out four times.

“Our defense was great all night long,” Holloway said. “We played some great defense and when you play an option team you have to play assignment football. Our coaches did a great job of getting them ready to play. We got a little tired sometimes and didn’t close down on the fullback. We didn’t give up any home runs.”

Duncan’s first score came after Wilkins stripped Noble’s Marcus Nesmeyer of the ball at the NHS 9. It took five plays for DHS to get to the 2-yard line where Knight took it in for a 6-0 DHS advantage, after the PAT kick failed.

Early in the second quarter, it looked like Duncan would add another score when Wilkins hooked up with Brandon Graham, but Graham fumbled the ball out of the end zone after a 41-yard reception.

Duncan’s last score of the first half came with 42 seconds remaining, as Knight capped a nine-play drive with a 1-yard carry. Wilkins connected with Knight on the 2-point attempt for a 14-0 edge.

Wilkins and Graham finally got in the end zone after a 34-yard pitch and catch as time expired in the third period.

Hoffman hit the PAT for the 21-0 final.

Duncan will now prepare to host the Weatherford Eagles at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Last season Weatherford beat DHS 40-7 at Weatherford.

The Eagles lost in double overtime to the Clinton Red Tornadoes, 34-33, Friday.

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