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.
Demon golfers compete at Lincoln Park
The Duncan boys golfers competed at a tournament at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City Thursday.
Individual scores were Blake Graham with 76 and 79, Logan Harris with 76 and 75, Tyler Albin with 77 and 78, Christian Dructor with 78 and 86, and Carson Hogstad with 80 and 83.
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.
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