Wanting to start off on the right foot after a big 2018 season, the Duncan Demons got a huge 59-35 victory against Putnam City West as the Demons offense came up huge in several drives in a long first half of action.
Putnam City West didn't take long to score as they got the opening kick off returned for 95 yards and a touchdown to take the early 7-0 lead over Duncan, but the Demons only needed one minute to equal the game.
Roderick Standokes scored the first touchdown for the Demons of the 2019 season as he ran for 21 yards to tie the ball game up at seven apiece with Duncan using their quick offense to take over for the rest of the game.
After a long drive, the Demons quarterback Jaxon Gregston punched the ball in from one yard out with eight minutes remaining in the first quarter to take the 14-7 lead over the Patriots.
Senior Javion Dangerfield joined in the action 50 second later as he ran the ball in from 13 yards out to take the 21-7 lead over the Patriots within a few minutes the Demons added to their lead in the first quarter of play.
Gregston got his first passing touchdown of the game when he completed it to Dangerfield for 60 yards to take the 28-7 lead over Putnam City West with 5:32 left to play in the first quarter.
As time was expiring in the first quarter another big pass from Gregston went to Dangerfield this time for 54 yards for a touchdown to lead 35-7 after one quarter of play.
The Patriots didn't take long in the second quarter to answer and cut the Demons lead to 35-14 but Gregston would throw his third touchdown of the night as he hit Dangerfield for the third time, this time from 17 yards out to lead 42-14 over the Patriots.
Desmond Pettit joined in on the offensive scoring as he ran for 37 yards to give Duncan the 49-14 lead while Gregston would hit his fourth touchdown of the night, this time to Cedric Hodges for 26 yards and as the half expired the Demons kicked a field goal to lead 59-14 at halftime.
Patriots ended up scoring at will during the second half however the Duncan Demons were able to hold their own and get the victory to send the Demons to 1-0 on the season.
Demons head coach JT Cobble said the first half of action was Duncan Demon football however the second half was something that will need to be fixed going forward.
"The first half I feel like we played Duncan football and we showed signs of being a really good football team, but it is hard for a high school kid for a 15, 16 or 17 year old kid to not get complacent and take a team lightly when you are up 59-14," Cobble said. "So I get it but they have to get past that mental block and championship football teams whether it be district champion or state champion they don't have different gears. If they are out here on the grass they play one way and that is they way I expect them to play and they didn't do that the second half and we will have to fix that."
Gregston had four touchdowns in the air and Cobble gave credit to his quarterback and the offense as a whole along with giving credit when it was due during the first half.
"Jaxon Gregston is a better quarterback then he was last year by a long shot and the balls he throw — he is putting touch on them. The short passes and when they are more open it is more like he is throwing a fast ball," Cobble said. "He is able to differintiate between his receivers and where they are at the field and it was the first game for Desmond Pettit at running back and he did a good job sticking it in the hole and getting what he can get."
Duncan, 1-0 on the season will now travel to face Elgin next week with kick-off taking place at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Elgin. Cobble said his Demons will have to be ready to face the Owls.
"I don't know the final score, but the last I heard Elgin was up on Ardmore so that is saying a lot with Ardmore being down but I'm not sure they are down that much," Cobble said. "Elgin is going to be better than they were last year just like these guys were better last year. At the end of the day we are going to do what we do and that should be enough. We have a real good football team when they decide to play and that is what we are going to focus on — fixing what we need to fix and we will get after them when we see them on Friday night."