Running through the pre-season motions, the Duncan Demons football team ran through a set amount of plays then went live in a half of action where the Duncan team beat Woodward 21-0 to take care of business in the final tune up before the 2019 season.
In the first few minutes of being on defense, the Demons forced a fumble to get into good field position for their first offensive possession. The Demons took advantage a couple plays later with a passing touchdown.
Jaxon Gregston, senior quarterback for the Demons, hit his senior wide receiver Javion Dangerfield on the right side of the end zone about 15 yards out to take the early 7-0 lead after the PAT was good from new kicker Tanner Greening.
Back on defense, the Demons were able to force a three and out and the ball was punted back to Duncan from Woodward. They marched down the field to get down to the one yard line on several plays and Duncan was able to execute the perfect running play for a one yard touchdown from Desmond Pettit to take the 14-0 lead.
To start the second part of the live half, Woodward went back on offense where a deep pass was intercepted by Dangerfield giving Duncan the ball back with 11 minutes remaining and their first possession of the second 15 minute quarter of the half.
Trying to get something going deep in their zone, the Demons pass went far right of the mark causing Duncan to have to punt the ball for the first time in the game which saw Blayden Foster draw his first action as the new punter for the Demons.
On defense, Hunter Wiggins on third down got a huge sack of the Woodward quarterback to force the Boomers to punt the ball away and give Duncan their final chance to get on the scoreboard late in the second quarter.
With time running out in the second quarter, the Demons were able to get the ball back for one final possession. Two plays later, Roderick Standokes took an end around through the right side 71 yards to the end zone. The Demons on defense were able to hold Woodward to zero points and a final field goal attempt that landed short for the Boomers.
Demons Head Coach JT Cobble said the whole night from ninth grade up was huge for the team. He noticed that some of the players playing in the early game are giving him a hard look to playing on Friday nights once the season gets started.
“Just like last week in the freshman/JV part that stuck out a little bit and in turn got them a little playing time in the varsity part,” Cobble said. “We got some kids that are coming along and doing the right thing in playing hard but they are a little behind physically wise because of their age. They’re playing hard and they are making the right checks and doing what they were supposed to do so really all along starting top and bottom with the JV, it was a good night.”
The Demons will look at film and then on Monday they will start game planning for week one starting Sept. 6. Cobblr knows just from judging without watching the film of the scrimmage there are some things to fix.
“There are some offensive line that had some miscues that I know, we were able to see over there on the sideline replay. Some of the guards that pulled went to the wrong hole and went outside when they are supposed to go inside,” Cobble said. “Sometimes the running backs try to try and bounce it outside when we are supposed to hit the hole so little things like that. Javion made a great pick but it was fourth down so he should of just knocked it down. Just little things that are fixable which will be fixed, but the main thing is when they made the mistake it was because they were going hard at 100 percent. That is what I want and I told them that is the Duncan football that I wanted to see.”
Kickoff for the Demons season opener will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 against Putnam City West as they try to start off 2019 after going 9-2 a season ago.