The Outlaws had a better week of practice and it showed.
Marlow High football took control early in Friday’s homecoming game against Mount St. Mary, winning 31-7 in District 1-3A play.
“It was totally different,” said Outlaw coach Rob Renshaw, in comparing his team’s performance a week earlier against Jones, to its showing against the Rockets.
Renshaw had remarked a week earlier that “you play like your practice,” and that the team didn’t have some good practices prior to its Sept. 27 game at Jones, a 15-14 district loss.
That wasn’t the case this past week, according to senior running back Kagan Blackburn.
“We practiced a lot harder during the week,” said Blackburn, who rushed for 190 yards on 16 carries. “The week of Jones, on Monday and Tuesday, practice was intense. We had that intensity this week.”
Blackburn’s final touchdown run of the game was evidence of that effort the Outlaws showed. He broke a pair of tackles and evaded several other defenders on a 51-yard run to the end zone.
The Marlow senior added a 16-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 62-yard run in the second.
The Outlaws tallied 411 yards rushing on 38 carries. That’s 10.8 yards per carry. Blackburn praised the offensive line for its blocking.
“As running backs, we get the credit, but they (the linemen) are the ones who help our cause in every game,” he said.
Senior Trey Coffman had 115 yards rushing on 18 carries, including a 16-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Braeden O’Dell had four rushes for 106 yards, with an 85-yard touchdown run to open the second quarter. The sophomore passer completed four of six passes for 50 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Coffman.
“I liked the way we were physical,” Renshaw said. “Kagan and Trey did a better job of hitting the holes and our special, save for the missed extra points, did a great job.”
The Rockets got 241 yards rushing on 46 carries but had four turnovers, three which led to Marlow touchdowns.
There was much for the Outlaws to be happy about.
“We were more physical, got after it right away and we did good job of not getting off the gas pedal,” Renshaw said. “(But) we’ve got bigger fish to fry. We get Blanchard next week.”
Blanchard is the defending Class 4A state champion and is undefeated (5-0) this season. The Outlaws (4-1) head to the Lions’ field this Friday for a district showdown — a showdown the Outlaws are already focused on.
“As of Sunday, after we watch the film, our minds are off this game and on Blanchard,” Blackburn said.
The Outlaws had a better week of practice and it showed.
Track teams head to Norman
The Duncan track athletes travel to Norman today for a meet at the University of Oklahoma.
Duncan boys coach Todd Ledford said that the Demons will be one of just three Class 5A teams attending. The rest of the teams are 6A.
Demon baseball beats Plainview in extra innings
The Duncan baseball team had to go extra innings and then hold off a late rally to win at Plainview 3-2 Thursday.
The game was tied 1-1 after seven innings. The Demons broke the tie with two runs in the top of the eighth, but Plainview battled back to make it 3-2 in its half of the inning.
More home tourney action awaits Demons
Another weekend of home matches await the Duncan tennis teams.
The BancFirst Tournament will be at the Duncan High School tennis courts, with the girls playing Friday and the boys Saturday. The tourneys come one week after Duncan hosted the Southern Oklahoma Invitational.
Bulldog pitching staff builds confidence
Heading towards the postseason, Empire is closing in on the possibility of winning record thanks in large part to its improvements on defense.
The Bulldogs (10-11) have cut down the errors from 10 or more a game to two or three a game. Coach Stefan Hunt said that’s led to the pitchers seeing some better results on the mound. Though, the pitchers have improved their game as well.
Demons in close district race
The Duncan baseball team is in a close race to finish in the top four in District 2-5A and earn a trip to regionals.
Duncan is 7-3 in district and in third place. First-place Carl Albert has lost just one district game. The Titans split with second-place Chickasha, which also split with Duncan.
Gayanich to play for Panhandle State
Velma-Alma senior Jaz Gayanich signed Wednesday to play basketball for Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell.
Gayanich said Panhandle coach Jerry Olsen was upfront about his program and ideas, compared to other coaches Gayanich visited. Gayanich already knows what role he’s expected to play.
Those who knew John Humphrey respected him
Duncan resident Rod Battles got to know John Humphrey pretty well.
Battles first played Duncan High School baseball for Humphrey in 1965. He later returned to DHS, when Humphrey hired him as an assistant, and later head baseball coach. After both men retired, they became fishing buddies. Humphrey joined Battles and others for annual trips to Lake Texhoma.
Comets stay calm under pressure
Lately, Velma-Alma baseball has made a habit of having some exciting finishes.
In its home tournament, the Jake Leffler Wooden Bat Tournament, last weekend, it won four of five games. All of those victories came by less than five runs and two of them were by only one run.
Course challenges Lady Demons
The Duncan girls golf team took sixth at the longest course it has played this year.
KickingBird Golf Course is 5,300 yards. Add the windy conditions at the tournament hosted by Edmond Santa Fe and it made for a challenging day.
Demon boys see Guthrie tennis action
Some younger Duncan boys tennis players got experience at a tournament hosted by Guthrie Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
The Demons had to adjust their lineup, though, after Cameron McCasland, who was to play No. 1 doubles with Alan Hruby, got sick. Sam Moffit was moved from No. 1 singles to take McCasland’s place
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