Roderick Standokes

Roderick Standokes gets in front of a MacArthur defender last Friday night. The Demons prepare for Altus this evening in a must win game to get in the playoffs.

Winning against MacArthur last week, the Duncan Demons football team is in a position most teams this time of year would like to be in and they are in the playoff hunt.

Duncan winning senior night against MacArthur pretty much eliminated the Highlanders from getting the fourth and final spot and with a victory over Altus this evening Duncan will take the fourth spot.

In the final home game, the Demons came out on top 21-19 and Demons head coach JT Cobble is happy his team is in the position to control the destiny of continuing their season next week.

“Our win last week against Lawton Mac made this game relevant. It really had an opportunity if we would have lost for it to really be a meaningless game. I’m glad we don’t have to partake in a game like that,” Cobble said. “We are really excited and it is always good at this point of the season for teams if they haven’t made the playoffs yet to be able to hold your own destiny in your own hands and not have to worry about other teams and scores.”

During the game last week, the Demons employed a running package that saw Chance Brooksher go off and score two touchdowns and be a heavy part of the game plan along with JP Martinez.

Coming into the game with a 5-3 record overall and 3-3 in district play, Cobble said this year has seen Duncan have a lot of adversity and untimely injuries and said it would be an accomplishment to make the playoffs.

“It will be a really good accomplishment for this team with all of the adversity we faced and the bad timing of injuries so everybody is really excited,” Cobble said. “It is going to come down to everything what all the other games have come down to is mistakes and turnovers. We had a little different scheme last week against MacArthur and understand that which surprised them and wasn’t really sure how to respond to it. It was successful, that is part of the reason we won but the other big reason we won is because we only had one holding penalty and no turnovers. That’s going to be the key for the game is the team who makes the fewest penalties and fewest mistakes will win.”

Altus comes off an overtime loss to El Reno last week and are 2-4 in district play while 4-5 overall on the season.

Cobble knows that the Bulldogs will come in and play “smash mouth football” and is a different style team than their opponent last week in the Highlanders.

With the Demons fighting for playoff position and getting a few players back from the injury list, Cobble knows that his team has come together and became a close, tight unit.

“We have had to fight through some stuff and it has made us closer as a family in the locker room. They really want to play for each other,” Cobble said. “They played hard last week and it wasn’t for me or the coaches, it was for each other and everything they have been through. They have a good relationship and they understand is what at stake and I truly believe that they will perform well.”

The game starts at 7 p.m. this evening at Altus High School and Cobble knows with the victory they will have a tough match.

“We were focused on Lawton Mac last week and they know the possibility of who we can play and they know we will be a four seed and know we will maybe go play Carl Albert or Bishop McGuiness depending on what happens tomorrow night,” Cobble said. “We worry about stuff that we can control and that is ourselves and the Duncan Demons tomorrow night in a game and that is it. That is what we are focused on. Whatever happens after that happens and it will be all part of the game so there is no question that we are totally focused on the Altus Bulldogs. If we are not then we won’t win and they are good football team and present some issues for us.”

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