Duncan went on the road to face a tough Ardmore Tigers’ team and while the Demons took the lead early, Ardmore ultimately held off a late rally to get the 28-21 victory in the district matchup.
Both teams battled to a stalemate in the first quarter as both fought for the first score of the game which wouldn’t come until midway through the second quarter.
The Demons capitalized on a turnover as they got the ball with good field position to put them looking for the first score of the game.
It was the feet of Duncan quarterback Kenny Garland who made the game’s first score as Kenny Garland ran the ball in from 7 yards out to take the 7-0 lead with 6:48 left in the second quarter.
Ardmore didn’t waste time finding an answer to the Demons’ scoring drive as they marched it in to tie the game almost three minutes later in the quarter.
The Tigers’ quarterback in Cal Swanson found his receiver Jalen Reed on a 38-yard pass and catch to the end zone and tied the game up at 7-7 heading into halftime for the two district rivals.
It didn’t take long for Ardmore to start off the second half with an offensive flurry as the rushing attack kept the Tigers in the game with their running back CJ Williams needing two big runs.
Williams made the drive good with his second run scoring the go-ahead touchdown and giving Ardmore the 14-7 lead with 10:18 left in the third quarter.
Ardmore went ahead and got another score from their top running back as Williams ran the ball in from 40 yards out with 6:21 left in the third quarter to extend their lead.
Missing the extra point, the Tigers led 20-7 with that score remaining at the end of three quarters.
Still, the Demons put up a good fight in the fourth quarter to keep the game close.
To start the fourth quarter, Bryson Brooksher executed a perfect touchdown run and secured the score from 3 yards out. The two-point conversion failed to give the Ardmore lead at 20-13 with 10:40 left in the game.
A few minutes later, the Tigers answered with Ricky Smith rushing the ball in from 10 yards out to give the Tigers the 28-13 lead with 7:19 left to play in the game.
Duncan made the game close with Garland finding his target in Chris Kouts from 14 yards out on a passing play with Duncan converting the two-point conversion and putting Ardmore with the 28-21 lead.
The Tigers held off Duncan for the final four minutes, which put them at 6-0 overall and 3-0 in district play with a big victory over Duncan.
Duncan is now 1-5 and 0-3 in district play and will look for their first district victory over El Reno next week with kickoff taking place at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at El Reno High School.