In a season that has seen many games canceled or forfeited, the Duncan Demons football team will look to control their own destiny in the final regular season game this week.
Duncan comes in with a 3-1 district record after a big 35-7 road win over Altus this past week. The Demons will need to win by 15 points and the outcome of the Ardmore-MacArthur game will help determine final seeding.
However, the Demons are sitting in a position where they can finish either second or third, depending on the final week of the regular season, and no matter what, will have a playoff game at home next week.
JT Cobble, in his third year as the Demons’ coach, now preaches to his team the importance of this game and what it could mean as they look to advance to the Class 5A playoffs.
“This is a huge game for us and our program and I kind of preach — we have it painted on our wall outside, ‘Respect All and Fear None’ and that is kind of our mantra,” Cobble said. “For us, it doesn’t matter if it is Altus or Southeast or Carl Albert, we are still going to prepare the same way and hope we play the type of football we like to play no matter who we are playing. We’ve got to win and if we let Southeast creep up on us and win that game, that will throw a lot of kinks into the plan as far as the playoffs go and it will be a big issue.”
Tate Wilkins and Desmond Pettit had a big game against the Bulldogs. Cobble said they also used the passing game with Tyson Walker and Bryson Brooksher catching some passes to seal the game.
Going into the final game of the regular season, Cobble knows his team will stay prepared for anything.
“Southeast comes in here with nothing to lose and their backs are against the wall and they are going to throw everything at us that they have in the book,” Cobble said. “We have Zach Schreckengost, Chance Brooksher and Matthew Flores — they kind of anchor that offensive line and they have done a good job all year setting up the run. When we need to, Tyson, Bryson and Kenny Garland do a good job making plays and getting catches when we need to throw the football.”
Pairings will release this weekend after all games are completed. Cobble hopes the Demons will be ready for anything thrown their way.
“We talked way back early in the season that this game, that week 10 is not promised and the playoffs aren’t promised and they’re still not — they can all change at the drop of a hat tomorrow,” Cobble said. “We have been taking it one week at a time and the kids have stayed focus and not let the distractions of COVID, forfeits and not being able to practice and having starters quarantined, bother them. They have done a good job of not letting that affect them and that is really a tribute to our seniors and our leaders to keeping them focused and making sure the practices go the way they needed to go.”
The game kicks off at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Halliburton Stadium where the Demons will face off against the Southeast Spartans.