Dawson Ledford

Dawson Ledford runs the ball into the end zone for his first of several touchdowns in the Demons big homecoming victory over Western Heights. 

After getting their first loss of the 2019 season, the Duncan Demons grounded the Western Height Jets in dominant fashion winning 48-6 improving to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in district play.

The first quarter was dominated by Dawson Ledford and Roderick Standokes as they started the scoring off early.

Pounding the ball several times on the second drive, the Demons running back Ledford was able to score at the 7:42 mark in the first quarter with a one yard touchdown to lead 6-0 after the missed kick.

Two minutes later after the Jets punted the ball back to the Demons, it got down to the seven-yard line where Standokes put his first touchdown of the game on a catch to put the Demons up 13-0.

Ledford would get his second touchdown of the quarter after the drive started with a 35-yard run from Desmond Pettit and with 1:36 left in the first quarter, he punched it in from 12 yards out to take the 20-0 lead.

Starting off the second quarter with the ball, the Jets turned it over with an interception from Javion Dangerfield and despite a fumble on the drive recovered by the Demons, it took several minutes for another score.

Jaxon Gregston dropped back to pass and found Standokes for 23 yards and his second touchdown of the game with the extra point good putting them up 27-0 in the second quarter.

Bryson Brookshere made a big play on defense getting an interception to put them inside the 25 yard line and give the Demons another chance to score.

Finding the end zone again, the Demons running back Ledford went in for 22 yards to take the 34-0 lead with the next score from the Demons coming off a special teams play.

Western Heights, looking to punt the ball, was blocked with Evan Castleman picking the loose ball up and running it in for the touchdown to take the 41-0 lead with a few minutes left in the second quarter.

Looking to put on an exclamation point, the Demons got their third touchdown of the evening from Standokes who ran it in for 45 yards to put them up 48-0 before a running clock went for the rest of the game.

The Jets were able to get a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to make the shutout go away, however the Demons were able to get out with the victory in front of the home crowd.

Demons head coach JT Cobble was proud of his team in the way they responded after last week’s loss and was happy to see the team respond in this way.

“I think we played a smooth game from start to finish, our varsity didn’t play the whole second half and thought the JV guys got in and played hard,” Cobble said. “They made some mistakes technically. JP Martinez ran the ball really hard and our opponent was us and we wanted to make sure we cleaned up the penalties and playing with a little inspiration and fight.”

With a short week, the Demons will travel to Southeast for a Thursday evening game and Cobble doesn’t think the accelerated week will affect the team much.

“It will throw things off a little bit and we will just have to pick it up a little bit more on Monday than we normally would,” Cobble said. “We have two Thursday games back-to-back and both away so we will have to make sure we are mentally focused and understand we have one less day to practice which means we will have to focus in on the days we do get to practice. I have faith in the leadership of this team with the seniors and I feel confident they will get them ready to play.”

Kick-off will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Southeast High School with the Demons looking to improve their season record to 4-1 on the year.

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