Duncan Due for Offensive Outburst

Thursday, July 28th 2011, 5:41 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Aug 17, 2010 11:13 AM CDT

Dave Carty
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

DUNCAN, Oklahoma -- Head coach Jim Holloway has seen the steady success and growth. It’s all led to the 2010 season.

The Duncan Demons return nine offensive starters which figures to be a major factor in Holloway’s push for a Class 5A championship.

“Having nine returning starters [on offense] is better than just having two,” he said. “It’s the quality of those players that’s really exciting for us.”

Quality defines Duncan’s offensive line, which returns four of five starters. Most notable of that group is University of Oklahoma commit Dylan Dismuke, one of the top offensive linemen in the state.

Dismuke had two wishes heading into his high school football career. One was to end up playing for OU, which he will do in the future if he stays healthy. The other was to win a state championship.

“I’m so fired up for it,” said Dismuke. “My dream was to have a top team like this in high school. I’m ready to win a state championship.”

His linemate Dylan Laurens is not to be overlooked. He has the potential to be one of Class 5A’s finest offensive linemen along with Dismuke.

Behind the burly linemen, quarterback Brandon Wilson will have room to operate. After throwing 963 passing yards last year, Wilson can count on Robert Trujillo and his twin brother Bradley Wilson -- a two-way player -- for big play potential.

Three running backs return for Duncan as well, led by Payton Atchley, who rushed for 750 yards last season -- fifth-best among returners in Class 5A.

Defensively, one of the state’s best athletes Domonique Petties leads a group of three returning starters. Combined with Tyler Wilkens at safety, the team should be strong in the defensive backfield.

At Duncan, it’s about taking the next step. The team made the quarterfinals back in 2007 and Holloway believes this group also has that level of talent.

“This year’s going to be right up there with that [2007] bunch,” said Holloway. “This is by far the best football team we’ve had here at Duncan since I’ve been here.”