Keeping them on the run

Duncan defenders Curtis Mulkey, 73, and Bryce Davis, 80, force the Noble quarterback to retreat Friday at Halliburton Stadium.

The Duncan Demons won their first playoff game in a decade Friday night at Halliburton Stadium with a 35-7 win over the Noble Bears.

This was Duncan’s second win over Noble this season.

“It is fun to win, isn’t it?,” Duncan High head football coach asked after the game. “I don’t know how well we played. We just came out and just seemed to take care of business. Defensively, we were a little sloppy all night long. Just a little sloppy.

“I’m not sure that our intensity was there like it has been the last couple of weeks. I thought we just came out and took care of business.”

The Demons (9-2) racked up 333 yards of total offense in the first postseason win since defeating Altus 49-20 in 1997.

Senior quarterback Trent Wilkins eclipsed the 3,000-yard mark of total offense with 192 total yards. Wilkins went into the game with 1,627 yards rushing and 1,200 passing. Wilkins was 3-of-6 passing for 106 yards and three touchdowns. He also added to his 5A leading rushing total with 86 yards and a rushing touchdown. He has thrown for 16 touchdowns this season and run for 25.

Those numbers make Wilkins the single-season record holder in total offense in DHS history. Wilkins has 5,122 yards of total offense for his three-year career, which is also believed to make him the school record holder.

Wilkins didn’t play the end of the first half or any at all in the second half with a slight case of turf toe.

“He’ll be fine,” Holloway said of Wilkins. “You want to put a team away early. We had better talent and that is why we won the game. You want to put them away early and get the No. 1 guys out of there. We could have played Trent the rest of the game, but everything was comfortable. We got Houston in there and got him some work”

Junior Houston Johnson was 2-of-5 for 41 yards, and led DHS on its only scoring drive of the second half, which last six plays and 2:48. Junior tail back Clint Miller ran 12 times for 75 yards.

The Demon quarterbacks spread the ball around connecting with four different receivers on their five completions. Junior wide receiver Jacob Miears had the most catches with two totaling 41 yards.

Noble scored its only touchdown of the game on a 39-yard pass from Chad Davidson to Rowdy McDaniel. The play came on second-and-32 to cap a 12-play drive that chewed almost six minutes off the clock.

After the score, Johnson and the Demons went to work.

The Bears Brandon McElhaney ran 33 times for 145 yards. The only other Noble player with positive yards rushing was Jake McElhaney, who had 22 yards on the last three plays of the game.

Johnson hit Jacob Miears twice on the drive with pass of 20 and 21 yards to take DHS to the NHS 1. Lucas Scott finished the drive a play later with a 1-yard run. It was his first score of the season. Levi Huff’s PAT made it 35-7, which is where the score remained the rest of the game.

After DHS punted on its first possession of the game, it scored on the next four, culminating in a 28-0 halftime DHS lead. Duncan had more yards at half (267) than Noble had in the game (207).

DHS first scored on a 14-yard pass from Wilkins to Bryce Davis with 6:18 left in the first quarter. The score capped a five-play drive which took 2:16 seconds.

Wilkins closed out Duncan’s next drive with a 6-yard scamper with 2:50 left in the first for a 14-0 lead after Huff’s PAT.

Senior Tyler King caught a 22-yard scoring strike from Wilkins to cap DHS’ longest scoring drive of the game with 7:58 left in the second quarter to help the Demons to a commanding 21-0 lead.

The Demons needed just three plays and 1:30 to score on their next drive, as Caleb Knight raced 70 yards to pay dirt on his only catch of the night. Huff’s extra-point kick made it 28-0 with 4:20 to play in the first half.

After scoring their only touchdown of the game, the Bears were driving on their next possession, and had made it to the DHS 40, when Emmanuel West intercepted Noble quarterback Chad Davidson.

“I’ve been looking for a pick all season long and I finally got it,” West said. “I had to redeem myself after that touchdown right there. All we have to do is stay focused and get ready for next week.”

West was also excited about the playoff win.

“It feels good, man. It’s about time we brought it back to Duncan, and, hopefully, we are going to keep this going for a long time.”

Duncan will travel to Tulsa East Central for a 7:30 p.m. showdown with the Cardinals. The Demons are 5-0 on the road this season and have won by 21 points a game on the road.

East Central is 11-0 this season and is coming off of a 54-7 win over the Durant Lions. This will be the first meeting between Tulsa East Central and Duncan.

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