Editor’s Note: This is part two in a series about the 2019-2020 Duncan High School Athletics school year and will show how the Duncan Demons performed during the school year.
Both second year head coaches in football and fast pitch softball got the year started off trying to capture their first year successes.
Duncan softball had a record of 23-12 during the 2018 season and in 2019 had to replace a senior class that held all but three of the starting positions.
Starting the year with a 2-0 record, the Lady Demons faced a tough district trading wins and losses back in forth the rest of the season.
In late September, the Lady Demons took control of their playoff destiny by winning 6-5 in extra innings over Altus when Kira Pickerill, in the bottom half of the 10th inning, hit a single to score KK Miller and clinch sixth place in the district.
That sixth place finish put them in regionals against El Reno, Noble and Western Heights. The Lady Demons made it to the final day of regionals needing to win three straight to get to State.
Facing Noble on day two, the Lady Demons season ended with a 14-12 loss as the two teams battled changing the lead several times with Duncan getting the lead to 10-7 after three innings of play.
In the fourth inning Noble tied the game up at 10 apiece when KK Miller broke the tie with two errors scoring her and Pickerell to lead 12-10.
Noble scored four unanswered runs ending the game and Duncan finished the year with a record of 7-23. The Lady Demons have all of their players except one senior looking to return for 2020.
Second year head coach Jeremy Bates had three players in the All-District list, Pickerill was chosen as second team third base as the leading hitter for Duncan.
Miller was chosen as the second team pitcher while Alyssa Childers was selected as utility player for the second team in the All-District list.
Tthe second coach in his second year was JT Cobble leading the Duncan Football team after they finished second in the district in 2018 and were trying to make it to two straight playoff appearances.
Duncan went 2-0 in non-district play winning against Putnam City West and Elgin before a torrential down pour of rain canceled the game against Ada heading into district play against Noble.
Noble, who would end up winning the district championship, handed the Demons their first loss then Duncan got two straight district wins against Western Heights and Southeast.
Coming back for their second straight Thursday game, El Reno handed the Demons their second loss of the season and the defending district champions Ardmore won 33-0 to make Duncan 4-3 needing two straight wins to make the playoffs.
In the final home game of the regular season, the Demons pulled off the 21-19 victory and set up a win or go home game for the fourth and final spot in the Class 5A State Playoffs.
Going on a long trip to Altus for the final regular season game, the Demons were able to secure their spot in the playoffs winning 34-13 to face off against the No. 1 team in the State, Carl Albert.
Facing the Titans, the Demons ended the season with the 5A State Champions winning 48-7 to finish Duncan’s season at 6-4 in 2019.
Eight Duncan seniors were named to the All-District team as Javion Dangerfield and Rafael Carrasco won player of the year awards for their respective positions.
Dangerfield won the Co-Offensive Player of the Year with nine touchdowns for the Demons and five of them coming from the passing game and four on the ground.
Carrasco won the Special Teams Player of the Year with the kicking and punting duties for the Demons and averaged 54.3 yards per punt and went 4-for-7 on field goals and 32-for-34 on extra point kicks.
The other all-district team seniors were: Roderick Standokes, Cedric Hodges, Jeremy Barnes, Dawson Ledford, Jaxon Grgston and Dustin Mann.
Duncan football will have to replace multiple of seniors, however, they will have several returning starters that have been featured on the previous two state playoff teams.