Kickoff is less than a few hours away for the Duncan Demons season opener at home. They are hoping for another great start in response to a surprising 2018 season where they went 9-2.
Already having two scrimmages and a full slate of practice this fall, Demons second year head coach JT Cobble was a guest at Wednesday’s Rotary Club meeting and talked about the upcoming season.
“It is really thriving right now. To give you an idea of outside the actual football part, we had a pretty good season last year in my first year and we went 9-2 while hosting a playoff game for the first time in 21 years,” Cobble said. “It was a good stepping stone and ever since that has happened we have had a spark of interest in the program. When I first got here I believe the varsity had just ended the football season with over 40-45 kids and at this point we have 65 kids out at football.”
The opener will be against Putnam City West and the Demons won 31-7 over the Patriots last year. Cobble is excited for the opener at home this evening.
“It should be a good year and in my opinion, we are in one of the toughest districts regardless of class,” Cobble said. “There are really no off nights for us and now that we have had the year we had there is no more sneaking up on everybody. Everyone is going to want a piece of us and it is something that I made sure that the team understands and they are going to be ready for it.”
Putnam City West went 1-9 last year with their only victory coming at the expense of cross town rival Putnam City but will have a new offense going to the spread formation.
The Patriots will have some new players coming in to play against Duncan and the Demons on defense will have to try and stop senior quarter Jacob Brandenberger.
Duncan will rely on their big positions players in Jaxon Gregston, Tate Wilkins, Javion Dangerfield, Roderick Standokes, Desmond Pettit and Dawson Ledford coming back in the skill positions at offense.
Cobble said that the team had to replace all five offensive lineman this year and he told the Rotary members during the question and answer portion it was a challenge he welcomed at this point.
“In our scheme, Javion is on the one side and Roderick is on the other side. A defense really has to pick their position and you can’t guard them both,” Cobble said. “I had to replace all five offensive lineman and that is really a unique situation. You usually have at least one coming back from a group, sometimes you like to have two or three. So to replace all five has really tested my patience and it is a good group of kids and young men.”
With kick-off slated for 7 p.m. this evening, the Demons will look to have a big season in 2019 and Cobble is looking for the community’s support coming into the season.