Instead of a football double-header last night, fans at Memorial Stadium just got to see one game -- but it was a dandy.

Coach Holloway from Duncan asked Chickasha coach Steve Chard to cancel the JV game due to injuries and some scheduling conflicts with his team so the freshmen had the place to themselves. They gave the fans a treat - short-handed Chickasha handed the Demons their first loss of the season in a 14-12 overtime thriller.

The Chicks only had 16 kids suited up due to a couple on injuries and another rash of eligibility problems but those 16 were enough. They got their biggest win of the year in their final game of the year.

It was a defensive struggle that ended up tied at six after regulation and both scores were the result of big plays.

Three consecutive defensive stuffs by Levi Wood and Rakee Stevenson put Duncan in a big hole on their first possession of the game and set up Chickasha's first touchdown.

Facing a fourth-and-25 from their 47, Duncan had to punt, but Wood and Stevenson sliced through the Demon line again. Wood got there first and batted the ball down and Stevenson scooped it up at the 31 and took it the other way for six.

Quarterback Jon Skinner rolled right and fired a laser to Chance Thomas for the deuce, but the ball had a little too much zip on it and went in and out of Thomas' hands.

The 6-0 score held through intermission as both defenses dominated play but Duncan came out smoking to start the second half.

Tailback Chris Thompson busted back-to-back end arounds to move the ball from the Duncan 38 to the Chick 16 and, just like that, Duncan was banging on the door. Skinner came up with the big play from his secondary spot, though, picking off Chris Gilbert in the end zone for a critical turnover.

With the ball on the Chickasha 20 from the Skinner touchback, it was Lee Polk time. Polk caught fire, running for eight and 10 yards on a pair of pitches then another seven, another four and another 11 slashing straight ahead.

Skinner then ran for seven to get to the Demon 36 but Duncan stopped the Chickasha drive dead in its tracks and took over on downs on the second play of the fourth quarter.

Duncan moved the ball well, sputtered at the Chick 29 and Christian Ellis and Colton Hill teamed up on Gilbert for a six-yard sack. Duncan got out of trouble, however, with a well-executed gadget play. Tailback Kale Thaxton took a pitch from Gilbert then threw back across the field, hitting Thompson for a crucial first and goal from just inside the Chick 10. Gilbert called his own number to tie things up but Stevenson came up with another big play, blocking Thaxton's standard PAT to keep things knotted at six with four minutes left.

Ellis, filling in at fullback for the injured Austin Pendley, rumbled 17 yards to get the Chicks to midfield with three minutes left. Polk ran for 10 yards, Ellis for three more, Polk for another 22 and Skinner for seven and the Chicks were at the 13 with 30 seconds left.

Skinner went up top for the winner and Duncan safety Bradley Lewis returned the favor, picking him off in the end zone with no time on the clock.

The teams went to the tiebreaker tied at six and Chickasha went first. Polk attacked the middle behind Ellis twice, picking up four yards each time. Ellis rammed it down to the one-foot line and Skinner snuck it in for six. Ellis pushed the deuce in and Chickasha had a 14-6 lead.

Now it was Duncan's turn. Eddie Brown ran the ball to the five then hauled in a pass from Thaxton for the score. The game came down to the deuce and the Demons made a costly mistake.

Duncan got flagged for a false start, moving the ball back from the three to the eight and forcing a passing situation. A big Chick rush forced a hurry as Gilbert was flushed out of the pocket and he was flat on his back as the ball went over Thaxton's head and Chickasha's celebration started.

The win was a great finish for the kids who had to forfeit two games earlier in the year due to their teammates' eligibility problems and had to play short-handed again Monday.

“We had just sixteen kids compared to their forty or so,” coach Andy Collier said with a big smile coming off the field, “but you can only play eleven at a time.”

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