Controlling their own playoff destiny, the Demons got a big 34-13 victory over Altus on the road to earn a playoff spot and keep their season going using a big game from senior Roderick Standokes.
In the first quarter the Demons had to settle for a field goal to take the early lead when Rafael Carrasco hit a 33-yard field goal to put Duncan up 3-0.
Early in the second quarter the Demons went down to Altus when D’Marco DeLaPaz rushed it in from seven yards to give the Bulldogs the 7-3 lead over Duncan.
However, returning the kickoff five yards in, the first offensive play after the Altus score gave the Demons the lead for good as Standokes caught a 70 yard touchdown pass from Jaxon Gregston to take the 10-7 lead.
Both teams traded drives with their defense getting key stops, the Demons running back/wideout Standokes got the hand off and took it to the house for 35 yards with Duncan leading 17-7 at halftime.
Getting the ball back at the beginning of the second half, Duncan was able to get another rushing touchdown five minutes into the half from Standokes, his third this time, from 36 yards out to lead 24-7.
Altus fullback Cabe Dickerson early in the fourth quarter cut the lead to 24-13 with a touchdown but a minute later, Carrasco hit a 37-yard field goal to give the Demons the 27-13 lead with 10 minutes left.
Duncan was able to get another senior connection in the passing game when Gregston hit Standokes for 38 yards to lead 34-13 with the defense holding and the Demons offense kneeling the ball in victory formation.
Demons head coach JT Cobble was proud of the way his team performed and said his team showed resiliency in preserving on the season and making the playoffs.
“The big word was resiliency and the kids deserve it. We were banged up and injured and we got guys who got injured tonight and they wouldn’t come off the field,” Cobble said. “They deserve it and they played hard enough to win against a good Altus team and that was grown man football so I’m proud of them.”
With Carl Albert leading at last check, the Demons will wait to see how the action falls in that district to determine the district championship. Duncan will be the No. 4 seed and will face the champion in one district.
Cobble said despite having to wait to find out his opponent he said it didn’t matter and his team will be ready to play no matter the opponent.
“We don’t care, we just wanted to win this game and get to the playoffs and our record is 0-0. I think if Carl Albert won by 10, they were getting the first and then whatever,” Cobble said. “It doesn’t matter if it is Carl Albert, McGuiness or Woodward, we are going to do us and play our game and see what happens. We had to just get there, and these kids did that.”
The Demons playoff game will most likely be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 with the opponent to be determined after all of Friday evenings games were final.