The Duncan Banner
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.