DECLO, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Declo Hornet's football team is heading back to the state championship game but it's a familiar feeling. Since 1998 the program has only not made it to the state tournament once and hold two state titles.
"Goal is to just win a state championship. That was the goal all along. It was never about me this season, I just want it to be about the team and our goal. It's been our goal since we were little kids, to make it to a state championship. We met that goal last year but we didn't finish it out, we want to win one,” Keegan Duncan said.
There is one young man who is the fuel behind the Hornet’s success.
"Keegan is the main point in our game plan every week," said Declo Head Football Coach Kelly Kidd.
Only a junior, Keegan Duncan puts up numbers that the word impressive doesn't do justice. In the state semi-final game he rushed for 446 yards on 24 carries. And earlier in the season rushed for over 700 yards with seven touchdowns.
It’s become such a consistent thing that it's almost expected from the stand-out.
"I wouldn't say they're pressuring me or anything. It's just I have put up those kind of numbers so that's just what they expect. That's what I expect from myself,” Duncan said.
There are three key factors that set him apart from his competition.
"What makes Keegan unique is that he is six foot three. He's over 200 pounds. He runs a sub eleven, 100 meters. You put all three of those things together and you've got a great athlete,” Kidd said.
He enjoys stepping up to the challenges presented to him.
"If I was an opposing coach with Keegan I'd be having nightmares,” Kidd said.
"My line makes me look really good. My O-line is very dominant in our level. And without them I wouldn't be able to do what I do," Duncan said.
"At our level his speed is unmatched. If he gets a seam anywhere on the field he can score. And so if he touches the ball we have an opportunity to score,” Kidd said.
Whatever the personal numbers are at the end of the game don't mean much to Keegan Duncan unless the score board reflects a desired team outcome.
"Some teams are happy to make it to the semi-finals or the state championship game. But here in Declo it's you win or it's nothing," Duncan said.
The Hornets will be back in action Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2:45 PM in the Holt Arena in Pocatello for the state title game.