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 baseball to face best in Class 5A
The Duncan baseball team will see the best Class 5A has to offer at the McAlester Shootout Thursday through Saturday.
Demon coach Tim Hightower described the event as a “pre-state tournament” because many of the teams attending are state tournament contenders.
Soccer teams finish season at home
The Duncan soccer teams won’t go to the postseason, but they have plenty to play for Friday night against Western Heights.
It’s the last home games for the Demons and it’s Senior Night. The girls will look to finish near .500 for the season, while the boys want a good showing against a tough opponent.
Chamber Golf Classic proves to be popular event
When word got out that entries would be accepted for the Duncan Chamber Golf Classic, set for Friday at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club, it didn’t take long for people to respond.
As club general manager Mike Hansen put it: “They sent out an e-mail and filled it up in a day.”
Thunder look to bounce back
During the hey day of L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, a new term was added to the lexicon. Anyone who seemingly was able to slow down the prolific scorer was automatically dubbed the Kobe Stopper.
Players such as Ruben Patterson, Raja Bell, Shane Battier, Ron Artest and Bruce Bowen all had the tag attached to their name, despite Bryant putting up big numbers against them.
Demons hoping for top-four finish
The Duncan baseball team will need to take care of business next week in its final District 2-5A games.
The Demons are 7-5 in district (16-9 overall) after dropping both games of a doubleheader at Carl Albert Monday, 8-1 and 4-1. The Titans (13-1, 26-4) won the district title.
Girls soccer gets it done at Altus
The Duncan girls soccer team battled in a tough environment at Altus to win 1-0 Tuesday.
Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay said it was frustrating at times for the girls because of some questionable calls the officials made. But she was happy the girls pulled together to win.
Meshell shines as Outlaws beat Warriors
The Marlow baseball team got help from Beau Meshell on the mound and at the plate in a 7-4 home victory against Anadarko Tuesday.
Meshell held Anadarko to one earned run off three hits and did not walk a batter. He reached base three times, had one run batted in and scored one run.
Girls golfers take fourth at Deer Creek
The Duncan girls golfers took fourth at a tournament hosted by Deer Creek High School at Coffee Creek Golf Course in Edmond Tuesday.
Lady Demon coach Steve Etheridge said that the girls played as well as they have all year. Although the golfers struggled putting on some fast greens, Etheridge was happy with their overall performance.
Empire softball tries to spark offense
The Lady Bulldogs are trying to find a way to spice up their offense in preparation for the Class 3A slowpitch softball playoffs.
Empire has played a tough schedule, with four of the first seven games coming against ranked opponents. However, coach Tony Roberts thinks the team just needs to have some more timely hitting to get on the winning track.
Outlaws shut out Indians
Marlow baseball snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-0 win at home against Comanche Monday.
“We needed to get this win and we got it,” said Marlow coach Jeff Brewer.
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