Win and they’re in.
That’s the message for the Outlaws as they take on last-place Bridge Creek. Marlow dominated Little Axe last Friday in a 55-21 victory. Both senior rushers, Trey Coffman and Kagan Blackburn, gained more than 100 yards on the ground each. While the two teams are on opposite ends of the playoff spectrum, the Outlaws (5-3, 2-3) won’t be taking the Bobcats (1-6, 0-4) lightly. A large part of the win against Little Axe was the turnovers created by Logan Knox in the first quarter.
Avoiding and forcing turnovers has been a strength for the Outlaws this season. The team is plus-17 in the turnover margin this week and needs to continue to do well. Blackburn and Coffman’s limited fumbles has led to this success, said Rob Renshaw. Knox sees this as the way for Marlow to beat some of the higher-ranked teams. He put it in simple terms.
“Getting turnovers will help you against any good team,” Knox said. “As long as you have the ball, you can score. If they don’t have the ball, they can’t score.”
Turnovers may help the Outlaws capture a victory against the Bobcats — the outcome they need to get into the Class 3A playoffs.
“We have to win the game,” Renshaw said before Wednesday’s practice. “They’re going to play hard. You can’t turn the ball over and give them any hope.”
Marlow jumped on Little Axe early when Knox returned an interception for a touchdown. It was a play that he knows the team will need more of, if it wants to beat the top-ranked teams in Class 3A. It just so happens that two of those teams are Blanchard and Tuttle, the first and second-place teams in Marlow’s district.
Coffman said he does think about how some of the toughest competition is in their own district.
“We probably have got one of the hardest districts in the state,” Coffman said. “We can hang with them, but it’s just a difficult district.”
With the district realignment next year, Marlow will welcome six new teams to compete with, but with a playoff spot on the line Friday, Renshaw said his team can’t look ahead.
“We’ve got to win to get in, because once you get in, anything can happen,” Renshaw said. “Everybody you play is going to be good. So your level of play has to get better every week.”
Splitting carries to give Coffman and Blackburn some time off has helped further that improvement, Renshaw said. They both play on both sides of the ball, and it’s not easy getting them a breather.
“Neither one of them is coming off the field on defense,” Renshaw said. “So it gives an opportunity for one of them to get a little bit of a break.”
Win and they’re in.
Richardson’s gem leads Outlaws
No. 3 Marlow baseball senior Kelby Richardson came close to perfection for four innings in 9-0 win Monday over rival Comanche.
Comets rally late to beat Bulldogs
Velma-Alma had a shaky start to its home baseball game against Empire Monday, but overcame a 4-0 deficit to win 6-5.
Central High drops close loss to Ringling
In a pitcher’s duel, No. 12 Central High lost its first game of the season 2-1 to visiting Ringling Monday.
Demon boys golf depth evident
The Duncan boys golf team’s depth was evident at a tournament in Lawton Monday, in which the Demons formed two squads and each took a top-four finish.
Bronchos deliver big victory
No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
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