Despite keeping it close in the first half, the Duncan Demons season ended after the defending three-time state champion in Class 5A put their strong running game to the test and won 48-7 over the Demons.
Trading drives with defense taking the front seat for the entire first quarter, it wasn’t until late in the first when the Titans got the scoring going.
The Demons third defensive drive after forcing three outs got off to a rocky start as Titans running back Kentrell Bizzell got his first rushing touchdown from 67 yards out to lead 7-0.
Duncan’s defense in the first drive of the second quarter was able to get a big pass break up from Javion Dangerfield to force a punt and give Duncan the ball back in good field position.
Still unable to get anything going on offense the Demons had to punt the ball back to the Titans with Duncan’s defense forcing the Titans only to a field goal to lead 17-0 after Carl Albert’s second touchdown.
Ending the half with a 28-yard field goal, the Demons — down 20-0 — got possession to start the second half and looked like they were trying for a first down, but a false start penalty negated the good drive.
Runs by Chance Brooksher and Dawson Ledford got it to fourth and one, but the false start put them back to force a punt against the titans.
Carl Albert got 21 points in the third quarter with two rushing touchdowns and a special teams play to give the Titans the victory and allow them to move on to the second round of the Class 5A State Playoffs.
Within the last few minutes, the Demons were able to get on the scoreboard as senior Dangerfield ran for 36 yards to stop the shutout with the Titans winning 48-7.
After the game the Demons head coach JT Cobble told his team that the Demons had a special year facing adversity and meeting the goal of getting into the playoffs.
“The goal at the beginning of the year was to make the playoffs and that looked a little in doubt early in the season when the injuries hit,” Cobble said. “The guys did a good job after the Ardmore game of fighting. These seniors (and) the mark they left on the program is something they are proud of and they can be.”
Ending the season with a record of 6-4 on the regular season, the Demons coach was happy to coach this senior class the last two years and very proud of the way they worked.
“It is a great group and this team did more with less than the team last year and like I told them, they were not supposed to be playing after 10 games,” Cobble said. “It was held together by this senior class and these leaders who will be greatly missed and it will be on the underclassmen to step up and fill there spots.”