Coaches often say teams play like they practice.
And that was how Marlow High School football coach Rob Renshaw described his team’s play in a 15-14 road loss to Jones to open District 1-3A play.
“We played in the first half like we practiced Tuesday, which wasn’t very good,” Renshaw said. “The second half, we played like we practiced Wednesday, which was better.”
Still, the Outlaws had plenty of opportunities to win, but didn’t capitalize in certain situations. A potential Marlow interception was dropped and one Outlaw touchdown was called back on a penalty.
The Outlaws drove in the final minutes to set up a 40-yard field goal attempt, but it was just wide to the right.
“I loved our guys’ fight in the second half,” Renshaw said. “I wish it would have been better in the first half but the second half is something we can build on.”
The defense and special teams had plenty of big plays to build on. The Outlaws blocked a punt early in the game to set up their first touchdown, plus they hounded Jones’ quarterback with pressure and sacks.
“We just had some adversity we didn’t overcome,” Renshaw said. “We’ve got to play every play with maximum effort.”
Braeden O’Dell had 92 yards rushing on 14 carries with a touchdown and Trey Coffman added 20 yards rushing on 14 carries with a score. Kagen Blackburn rushed for 90 yards on nine carries. O’Dell completed 5 o f 15 passes for 40 yards.
But the Longhorns came through in the passing game, completing 23 of 36 attempts for 300 yards. The Longhorns outgained the Outlaws on offense, 321 yards to 239.
Coaches often say teams play like they practice.
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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