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September 19, 2013

Outlaws to face team with similar style

MARLOW — The Marlow Outlaws are a big, physical running team — and they will next meet a team that may very well be their mirror image.

The Marlow High School football team hosts Sulphur Friday. As Outlaw coach Rob Renshaw puts it, “Watching them is a lot like watching us.”

“They are a big, physical team,” Renshaw said. “They’re a run-first team.”

While Sulphur’s quarterback is the team’s best player, Renshaw said that QB is a threat to run the ball. The Bulldogs have good running backs as well and a quality offensive line, so Renshaw said the Outlaw defense will be challenged.

The Bulldogs are just as physical on defense, Renshaw said, with players who are quick to the football and are good at getting into their alignments.

“It ought to be a really good football game,” the Outlaw coach said.

Renshaw said Friday’s game should help the Outlaws prepare for a tough district schedule.

“It’s a good test before we open district at Jones next week,” he said. “Jones made the semifinals last year and the finals the year before that.”

Last year, Renshaw said, the Outlaws started at 2-0 and “we went down there (to Sulphur) and got beat.” But he said his players are much more focused this year, than they were at this point of the season last year.

“We’ve had a good week of practice,” he said. “Our heads aren’t getting too big.”

Renshaw added the special teams play has been strong, with the Outlaws returning kickoffs for touchdowns in their first two games and getting good field position on other kickoffs. He credited assistant coach Bobby Wortham for preparing the players well on special teams.

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