7th Grade Dawgs fall to Duncan 14-0
DUNCAN – It was a battle of two undefeated teams. The Altus Junior High 7th grade Dawgs were defeated by the Duncan Demons 14-0.
All the scoring for this game was done in the first half. Altus received the opening kickoff but disaster struck when they fumbled on the first play. Duncan then went on a long drive that was capped off with 1:47 left in the first quarter as the Demons went around the left side of the line for a 14-yard touchdown. The extra point was good and Duncan led 7-0 going into the second quarter.
Altus’ offense failed to gain any yards on their next possession and gave the ball up on downs to the Demons. The Demons then drove all the way to the Dawg four yard line. The Dawg defense needed a big stop and they came up with it. They pushed the Demons back on four straight plays to take over on offense with less than a minute to play in the first half.
The pass was intercepted on the next play and returned for a score by Duncan. The conversion was good and Duncan led 14-0 at the half.
Both teams exchanged possessions the entire second half. Neither team could score. The half time score of 14-0 remained until the end.
The Altus defense was led by Riley Barrington, Laethon Patterson and Jace James.
The Dawgs (3-1) will try to start another winning streak next Tuesday when they host Lawton Tomlinson. The game will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Hightower Stadium.
8th Grade runs out of time against Duncan, 22-14
DUNCAN – In a much anticipated match-up of two high powered offenses and stout defenses, the undefeated Duncan Demons and the undefeated Altus 8th grade Dawgs put on a show Tuesday night.
The Altus Dawgs fell one possession short in the end. The Dawgs suffered their first loss of the season, 22-14.
Duncan, averaging 45 points a game, received the opening kickoff. It didn’t take long for them to score as the halfback went around the left side of the line for a 60-yard touchdown run. The two-point try was good and Duncan led 8-0.
Altus, averaging 30 points a game, came right back with a long drive. Dylan McGill hit fullback Hunter Webb for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Cabe Dickerson ran in the conversion and the score was tied at eight with eight seconds left in the first quarter.
Duncan received the kickoff and returned it all the way for a 70-yard touchdown. The conversion failed. Duncan led 14-8 heading into the second quarter.
The Altus offense went on another long drive but it stalled out. Duncan only needed one play when they went around the left side for a 40-yard score. The conversion was good and Duncan went into the half with all the momentum and a 22-8 lead.
The Altus defensive coaches made some adjustments at half time. It paid off in the second half.
Altus received the second half kickoff and went on a drive that took the whole third quarter. The drive stalled at the Duncan 15 yard line and the Demons took over. The Dawg defense didn’t let the Demons gain a yard on three straight plays. Duncan lined up to punt but the punter missed the snap and then threw the ball out of bounds.
Altus took over and on their very first play. Webb went around the left side for a 15-yard score. Dickerson ran in the conversion and Altus was back in the game, down only 22-16.
Altus kicked off and the defense held again as Duncan was forced to punt with 2:00 left in the game.
Altus was out of timeouts. They had to come up with a big drive. Beginning at their own 20 they drove to the Duncan 35 yard line with :37 left in the game. On a third and 12 play, the Dawgs threw an interception and Duncan just ran out the clock to preserve the victory 22-16.
The Dawg defense was led by Webb, Dickerson, Caleb Leyja, D’Marco DeLaPaz and Cale Gallagher.
The Altus Offense was led by Webb who had 127 yards on 18 carries. Dickerson had 41 yards on 14 carries.
Altus (3-1) will try to rebound next week when they host Lawton Tomlinson. The kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. at Hightower Stadium.
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext. 2076