Duncan football is in the thick of fall camp workouts, getting ready for its first scrimmage against an opponent with a different color jersey.
Over the weekend, however, the Demons had a little bit of fun at the Duncan Football Auction and Dinner.
Players were auctioned off to individuals, companies and organizations from the surrounding area as a fundraiser for the team. The players will perform up to seven hours of community service for their winning bidder, giving back to the community which supports them throughout the season.
This year, the total amount raised was $16,830, which was greater than any of the previous five years of the auction. That total will increase as an undisclosed donation to the team was made after the auction.
“Number one, our Quarterback Club does a great job in preparing for the auction and setting everything up,” Duncan head coach Jim Holloway said. “It speaks volumes about the type of program we have. We’re not talking about wins and losses or Division I players, but the support that the community always has for us.”
There were three players who were auctioned off at the highest bid in the six-year history of the event. Cody Merrill, Cody Pollock and Dylan Dismuke each went for $800. Cameron McGill was next in line at $600, followed by Corey Hamilton at $550 and Payton Atchley, Tyler Wilkins, Dylan Laurens and Jack Braught at $500.
Despite the high prices, Holloway said the focus of his players stayed on football.
“I didn’t hear them say one word about it afterward,” he said. “They may have talked out there among themselves, but our kids were so excited about getting back to the stadium and playing football. That’s pretty neat in itself.”
Holloway said the money from the auction goes a long way toward making the Duncan program a first class program.
“We want to be a cut above the rest in everything that we do,” said Holloway. “We want to be a cut above in the way our kids act, the way we compete out on the field and the things we can provide for our players. The money we raised supplements the things we need to run a first class program. It pays for charter buses, meals, equipment, everything top to bottom in anything that we do after the things the regular school budget can support.
“Our players know that. That’s something as a coaching staff that we talk to our players about. There’s a reason why we have a nice dressing room and a weight room as big as it is with all the equipment.”
The Demons went through a slower than normal practice Monday and picked it up a bit during Tuesday’s practice, according to Holloway. Duncan will have a home scrimmage at 6:30 p.m. Friday against Ada.
“(Monday) was the toughest day on the kids that we’ve had,” he said. “There was a little more humidity, it was a Monday, plus we practiced twice on Saturday with the scrimmage that night, so their recovery time wasn’t as much as normal. But we went through (Tuesday) without a hitch.”
— Ben Whitehead is the sports editor for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 255-5354, Ext. 165, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.