Tyson Walker

Tyson Walker tries to go past some defenders earlier this season for the Demons. The team now looks to bounce back after an overtime loss to El Reno.

After winning two district games in a row, the Demons’ football team had a week off because of a forfeit game against Capitol Hill to think and hopefully bounce back after a district overtime loss to El Reno.
Their practice schedule this week, however, had a little change in plans as Tuesday saw ice and winter like weather blanket Halliburton Stadium to cancel school for the day.
Duncan now sits at 2-1 in district play and 2-3 overall on the season. Demons head coach JT Cobble knows his team was one play away from a 3-0 district record and him and the team have taken this week to work on a few things.
“Last week, in our coaches meeting after the El Reno game, we kind of wanted to make sure we didn’t over think anything because our kids played a good football game and if the ball bounced a little differently that game, we may have a different outcome,” Cobble said. “We kind of went back to the basics and studied the film real hard and looked for technique mistakes and lining up mistakes and kind of the little things that might get bypassed through a normal season. Those things are important, and we spent last week paying attention to detail and working on technique and making sure we are lined up right to everything in each position.”
Last week also saw the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) make some changes to the playoff format which will benefit the Demons as they will get a home game in the first round if they take care of the next two games.
They will finish in the top four regardless of how games go for the rest of the season, however Cobble said they need to worry about what they can control and not what the other district foes play.
“We are going to host a game because with the new format the first four seeds will host a game and so we are going to be in the top four seeds — that is a given,” Cobble said. “Now it will come down to if Ardmore beats Mac or if Mac beats Ardmore — that will kind of decide if we will be the two or the three seed, but we can’t worry about that and that is something we can’t control. All we can control is playing Altus and playing Southeast and hopefully getting out of those two games with a win and playing good football while having good practices. That is what we can control and that is what we will be focused on going into it.”
Altus comes into the game winless at 0-6 overall and 0-3 in district play, however Cobble told the team they need to be prepared as any game can be a win or loss despite previous games.
“Altus has been struggling a little bit … They are still Altus and they are still a 5A football team and there is no telling what could happen,” Cobble said. “If we go over there and have three or four turnovers and aren’t energized and motivated to play the game, (we could) give Altus a gleam of hope that could change the outcome of the game.”
From Cobble’s perspective, Duncan will stay true to their identity and keep up with the running game to be successful and get the victory.
“We want to run the football and we will try to come up with different sets and different blocking schemes to be able to run the football,” Cobble said. “These next two weeks and heading into the playoffs, this is what I have been preaching to the coaches and the team is we want to play good football. We want to be able to have good technique and line up right while doing everything right and playing good football with that being what we can control.”
The game will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Altus High School. 

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