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September 26, 2013

Longhorns to be tough test for Outlaws

MARLOW — The Marlow Outlaws are 3-0 to start the season, certainly a record that reflects how well they are playing.

With that said, fans shouldn’t be fooled by the 0-3 record of Marlow’s next opponent.

Jones may not have won a game, but the Marlow High School football team will still have a tough task ahead, said Outlaw coach Rob Renshaw.

“They’re the best 0-3 team in the state,” Renshaw said. “They’ve played three really good teams: Perkins, Hennessey and Oklahoma Christian — and Oklahoma Christian is the defending 2A state champions.”

Although the Longhorns graduated some key players, Renshaw said they remain a strong, well-coached team that will be among the top contenders in District 1-3A.

“They have a sophomore quarterback who has a really good arm,” Renshaw said. “They do a good job spreading it out.”

He added that turnovers have been an issue for the Longhorns this season, but regardless, the Outlaws can’t take anything for granted.

“Everybody’s record right now is 0-0,” Renshaw said. “Those first three games don’t mean anything any more. These next seven are the ones that count. They get you into the playoffs.”

It won’t get any easier as Marlow starts its district play. After this week’s game, Marlow will host St. Mary, head to Blanchard, then host Tuttle.

Blanchard is the defending Class 3A state champion. Tuttle has a strong team as well. So the Outlaws will get three of the top district contenders in the first four weeks of district play.

“It makes this one big,” Renshaw said regarding this Friday’s contest.

What has been a plus for Marlow has been its physical play. “In all three games, I felt we have been the most physical team on the field,” Renshaw said. “And I like how we have limited our turnovers. We have a plus-8 differential in our first three games.”

He added he has been pleased with special teams play and how well the defensive line has improved. Renshaw praised nose guard Tanner Bridges and his four defensive ends — Josh Mercer, Riley Julian, Hector Bullock and Kris McCarley — for their play this season.

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