Demons earn 15th-straight postseason berth in 2022
The Beggs Golden Demon varsity football team increased its playoff appearance streak to 15 in 2022.
For the first time since 2016, the Demons failed to win more than 11 games in a season, finishing the 2022 campaign with a 7-5 record.
The 2022 season was also the first time since 2016 Beggs failed to reach the quarterfinals of the postseason, ending their dreams of its first state title since 1975 with a second-round loss to Idabel.
The Demons secured their 15th-straight playoff appearance in Week 9 with a narrow road win against an Okmulgee County foe.
In 12 games in 2022, the Beggs squad outscored their foes 418-370 – an average of 34.8-30.8 ppg. The Demons went 1-2 in non-district action in 2022 and were outscored 131-74 in those three contests an average of 43.7-24.7 ppg.
In seven district games in 2022, the Beggs squad outscored their opponents 284-187 – an average of 40.6-26.7 ppg. In their two postseason games in 2022, the Demons held a narrow 60-52 advantage over their foes – an average of 30.0-26.0 ppg.
The Demons kicked off the 2022 season September 2 at Hugo. The Beggs squad walked off the HHS winning their next two district contests – at home against Porum and at Quinton – by a combined 11820 margin on back-to-back Thursday games. Dewar routed Porum 56-6 on October 13, then walked off the Quinton football field on October 20 with a 62-14 decision to sit at 3-0 in district play and 7-0 overall.
The Dewar gridiron squad was scheduled to host the Midway Chargers in a District B-5 showdown on October 28, but the district meeting was canceled by the Chargers for an unknown reason on October 24, resulting in a Dragons’ (15-0 forfeit) victory without even stepping onto the football field. The forfeit win also awarded the Dewar squad its 10th-straight postseason berth and 41st overall.
The Dragons put the finishing touches on their fourth-straight perfect regular season on November 3 with a 62-14 victory over the Caddo Bruins at Dr. Ted Lewis Stadium in Dewar. The win over Caddo gave the Dewar squad its sixth-straight district championship (30th overall) and a possible two-consecutive playoff home games.
On November 11, the Dragons opened postseason play at home against the Gans Grizzlies, who finished fourth in the B-6 district standings. The Dewar squad put the opening-round contest away in the first 12 minutes of action, scoring an outstanding 70 points in the first quarter, including the first 35 points of the contest.
The scoring barrage allowed the Dragons to advance to the second round with a 78-20 victory in a contest that ended on the 45-point Mercy Rule at halftime.
In the second round of the Class B playoffs, the Dragons hosted the Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Mustangs, who advanced with a 40-6, opening-round, win over Davenport.
Dewar found the Mustangs to be a formidable opponent in the second-round battle with the Dragons holding off the visitors by a 68-52 decision in a game that was not fully decided until the final minutes of regulation.
The win over Pioneer-Pleasant Vale earned the Dragons a sixth-straight quarterfinal appearance and a showdown with the second-ranked – and unbeaten – Oklahoma Bible Academy Trojans.
In the quarterfinal matchup, the Dragons had their bid for a second state football championship fall by the wayside, suffering a 46-0 loss to the second- ranked Trojans.
The shutout loss in the quarterfinal round snapped an 84-game scoring streak for the Dewar squad with the last shutout loss coming September 30, 2016, in a 46-0 loss to Davenport and was the first Mercy Rule setback for the Dragons since losing to Shattuck in the 2018 quarterfinals by a 67-20 margin – a span of 53 games.
The Dragons will look to extend their regular-season win streak on September 1 at home against the Cherokee Chiefs in the 2023 season opener, while also seeking to extend three other streaks – district, playoff, and district championship in 2023.
— Dewar Dragons 2022 Record: 11-1
Game Results Regular Season
Sept. 2 – Dewar 48, Cherokee 0 Sept. 9 – Bye Week Sept. 16 – Dewar 60, Depew 12 Sept. 23 – Dewar 58, Arkoma 8 Sept. 30 – Dewar 46, Velma-Alma 0 Oct. 7 – Dewar 52, Webbers Falls 6 Oct. 13 – Dewar 56, Porum 6 Oct. 20 – Dewar 62, Quinton 14 Oct. 28 – Dewar 15, Midway 0 (forfeit) Nov. 3 – Dewar 62, Caddo 14 Playoffs
Nov. 11 – Dewar 78, Gans 20 Nov. 18 – Dewar 68, Pioneer-Pleasant Vale 52 Nov. 25 – Oklahoma Bible 46, Dewar 0