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Going from a 1-9 team in its sophomore year, the Marlow senior class left it all on the field in a 52-19 first round loss to Seminole in the Class 3A state playoffs.
Friday’s loss did not deter the Outlaws (6-5, 3-3) from claiming their first winning record since 2007, and that’s something those seniors can take solace in. Senior running back Trey Coffman, whose pearly white jersey before the game had become a gillysuit of brown dirt by the end, was proud of the progress his team made.
Doing a little bit of everything, Coffman had a interception, 59 rushing yards, a 31-yard reception that set up the first touchdown, kicked a 35-yard field goal and knocked a punt out of bounds inside the 1-yard-line, which later resulted in a safety. Playing his final game, he said he didn’t want to hold anything back.
“I just told myself this could be the last one,” Coffman said. “Ever since first grade when we moved here, I’ve been on the sidelines watching the high school kids wanting to be them.”
Coach Rob Renshaw summed up the game in one sentence. They couldn’t tackle the running back. It was harsh reality for a team that played all four teams that made the state semifinals last year.
Seminole senior Papi White had to make some elaborate moves in the early part of the game but soon settled into using his speed to reach the edge. He fiished with 463 rushing yards on only 23 carries (20 ypc).
“He danced around us and he’s a little faster than us,” Renshaw said. “We couldn’t contain him.”
White combined with Harvey to score all eight of the touchdowns for the Chieftains (11-0, 6-0). Their second round opponent is Heritage Hall, which defeated 45-35 on Friday.
“I think it was pretty good,” White said. “We have to do better next week. Hard work pays off, just work hard in practice and it will pay off in the game.”
The game looked like it was going to be a blowout early on as Seminole took an 18-0 lead with 10:44 left in the second quarter. Marlow responded with a long drive, but was held out of the end zone, having to settle for a Coffman field goal.
Seminole responded with two scores, including a 92-yard run by White with 50 seconds before half. It was a big blow to the Outlaws, who were fired up about forcing the Chieftains into bad field position.
With not much time left before the half, sophomore quarterback Braeden O’Dell led his team to the end zone, finding senior Kelby Richardson from eight yards out. Richardson was O’Dell’s main target in the game with 40 yards receiving.
“I love that kid,” O’Dell said. “It’s good to have somebody back you.”
O’Dell finished 9 for 19 with 99 passing yards, but had one critical mistake. On the first drive of the second half, O’Dell lofted the ball too high in the air. It fell short of its intended target, Richardson, and White made a spectactular one-handed grab to pull down the interception at Seminole’s five-yard-line.
After another Chieftain score, O’Dell knocked a rugby punt down to the one-yard-line, with Coffman diving to knock it out of bounds before reaching the end zone. Unsuccessful at moving the ball on the first three downs, Harvey walked back out of the end zone for a safety on purpose. It was a surprising call from the Chieftain coaching staff, and the Outlaws took advantage.
Coffman and senior running back Kagan Blackburn finally found some running room. They featured on a drive that ended with Blackburn muscling his way into the end zone. The score was 38-19, and the Outlaws proved that they would not just go away quietly.
“We’re as tough as nails,” Coffman said. “Every time you line up, we’re going to hit you in the mouth. Just know that and to have that running through their head means a lot.”