DUNCAN — Every Monday during the high school football season, I will take some time to examine the week that was.
Real Measuring Stick
After five weeks, we only had a faint idea of where Duncan stood in Class 5A: somewhere in the enormous gap between winless Capitol Hill and top-ranked Guthrie.
After six weeks, we finally have a good idea of where they stand thanks to a 28-14 win over rival Ardmore, which, like Duncan, has hovered just outside the top 10 in the Oklahoma AP poll.
But the win did more than clear things up for spectators, it all but assured Duncan a spot in the playoffs. The next step is finishing in the top two in the district and securing a home playoff game. Also vying for the top two spots (and the district title) are Lawton MacArthur and Del City.
MacArthur comes to Duncan on Friday for homecoming, and two weeks later Duncan will travel to play Del City in a game Ardmore coach Doug Wendel told me he thinks the Demons can win.
Empire, meanwhile, continued to show they are legit.
The Bulldogs had already proved that with a narrow win over Rush Springs a few weeks ago, and they proved it again Friday with a lopsided win over Healdton.
Go Go Gadget Plays
Area coaches are showing no fear when it comes to digging deep into their playbooks this season.
Last week Duncan running back Je’Mario McCoy threw a 25 yard touchdown on a halfback pass and Waurika’s Mason Wilkerson completed a 67-yard lob on a halfback pass.
The Demons took it a step further Friday as senior Jack Braught faked a punt, then faked a handoff before breaking off a 46-yard touchdown run that had everyone on Duncan’s sideline going crazy.
I, for one, hope this trend continues and inspires even more gadget plays. Honestly, what is more exciting than a good trick play?
No More Easy Ones
Waurika and Central High both made it look easy on Friday, cruising past Geary and Macomb, respectively. In fact, most of Central High’s five wins have been pretty one-sided.
Don’t expect any more of that.
There are no more cupcakes on the schedule for either squads as they battle for playoff spots in District B-2.
Waurika’s gauntlet includes Paoli (3-3), Fox (6-0), Central High (5-1) and Oklahoma Christian Academy (2-4). Central High’s difficult run includes Fox, Alex (5-1), Waurika (3-3) and Cyril (4-2).
After each week I will update, who I think is in the running for Area Player of the Year, the same way that analysts debate who is in the running for the Heisman Award after each week of college football.
When Central High coach Darren Lamar took over the program in the summer, parents and fans informed him of which players were talented and primed for big years. Kevin Harris’ name seldom came up.
Six weeks into the season, though, you’d better believe his name is on the top of every opponent’s scouting report.
The junior running back came into Friday’s game averaging a ridiculous 24 points per game and turned that into a slightly more ridiculous 24.3 points per game as he scored 26 points and ran for 130 yards in Friday’s win, obviously keeping him in the hunt to be the Area Player of the Year.
Duncan’s senior kicker/punter/wide receiver/defensive back Jack Braught added a new level to his diversity as he scored his first rushing touchdown of the season Friday, adding to a total that includes two field goals and three receiving touchdowns.
Velma-Alma running back Dallen Mercer was leaned on for the second straight week after the Comets’ quarterback broke his leg and for the second straight week, Mercer answered the bell, rushing for 166 yards in a win over Bray-Doyle. Mercer was dinged up in the game, but assuming he is back soon, he should be in the Player of the Year hunt.
Empire sophomore Dillon Twigg may already have a lock on newcomer of the year and is vying for the top spot after another strong showing, running for 82 yards and two touchdowns, while also hauling in a 48-yard grab.
Comanche may have struggled in a loss to Lindsey but quarterback Kale Reed still managed to put together strong numbers, rushing for 73 yards and a score, and throwing for another 28 yards.
Greg Crews is sports editor of The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 143 or at email@example.com.