Editor’s Note: This is part three of a nine part series about the Duncan Demons’ and Lady Demons’ 2021-2022 athletic year. Future editions of The Duncan Banner will have each sport chronicled with a look back at their respective seasons.
As teams have athletes graduate, sometimes it takes time to build the younger generation up. For the Demons football program and the Cross Country program, that was the experience in 2021.
On the boys’ cross country team, the Demons had one senior. The rest of the runners who qualified for the 5A State Tournament will return for the 2022 season.
The lone senior for the boys’ cross country team, Kaceson Lolar, finished fourth overall and earned All-State for the first time of his career.
Lolar’s time of 16:22.92 gave Duncan a team finish of seventh overall with the other runners, sophomores or freshman, also crossing the finish line for the Demons.
Five of the six State Tournament finishers will return for 2022. They will begin to get ready the season preparation in July with the Demons looking to finish better in the state competition.
On the Lady Demons’ side, they finished 13th overall as a team, but brought home the first State Academic Championship of the four Duncan won on the 2021-2022 season.
A freshman for the Lady Demons, Ava Miller was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 21:43.26 to lead the pack.
The Duncan Girls had five seniors on the team. Three of their six runners will return to lead the way in 2022.
With several returners coming back, the Duncan Cross Country teams will begin the 2022 season with a home meet in August to try and make it back to the State Tournament in mid-October.
Duncan Football became the second team to win the State Academic Championship and they also had a season that saw them looking to improve after several key spots graduated.
The Demons opened the season with the 26-16 victory over Wellington to start the year with a 1-0 record, however they went into the hard part of their schedule and dropped six games in a row.
Duncan ended up winning its final three games of the season and beat Capitol Hill and Altus to finish the year with a victory over Southeast and end the season with a 4-6 record.
They finished up fifth in the district and ended 2021 with a bright spot to complete a three game winning streak heading into 2022 with a lot of returning pieces.
In 2022, the Demons will have returning starters in several key positions including the quarterback in Chris Kouts, who started the final two games at the position.
They also have one of their top receiving threats in Bryson Brooksher returning. Eli Ramirez, who was one of several freshman starters, will also return.
Preston Giles is also another freshman starter who will return to the fold and the Demons will look to compete in a new district that features two new teams.
Duncan’s first game will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 as the Demons travel to Lawton to open the season against the Wolverines.