The Duncan Banner
Facing one undefeated team is tough. Facing two in a row is unheard of.
Kingfisher strolls into Marlow country sporting 19 consecutive wins, including a 56-13 victory against the Outlaws last season. Marlow (6-3, 3-3) enters with postseason play assured and nowhere to go in the district standings. Ultimately, Friday’s game doesn’t affect anything in terms of the postseason for Marlow, but with undefeated Seminole looming in the first round, this game could mean a lot in terms of getting ready.
“Seminole’s No. 3,” coach Rob Renshaw said. “They’re No. 2. They’re similar in a lot of ways. Seminole’s’ got a 1,500-yard back also.
“This week we put in some new stuff. We get a week to practice it against some good competition. Everybody is already kind of writing us off. We’re going to show up and compete our butts off.”
Kingfisher’s (9-0, 6-0) 1,500-yard back, or more appropriately 1,400-yard back, is senior Landon Nault. He has terrorized defenses all year and more recently was awarded as Oklahoma’s male Wendy’s High School Heisman award winner. He will be priority number one for Marlow’s defense.
“You’ve got to gang-tackle him,” Renshaw said. “We’ve got to chase the football if he’s got it. He’s going to get some yards. He’s a good back and a four-year starter. What we can’t let him do is bust the big ones.”
Marlow has faced running backs all year that have gaudy statistics, Renshaw said. Keeping the other team off the field with consistent offensive production is his way to slow them down.
Sophomore Braeden O’Dell is a key factor on offense as every play starts with him snapping the ball. Renshaw has been pleased with the progress his young quarterback has made.
“He’s a lot more comfortable with what we’re doing,” Renshaw said. “He’s accepted the leadership role in a good way. He’s taken it and run with it. He’s gotten better every day, and I’m really proud of him.”
Renshaw added that the offensive line has mirrored this improvement. Despite only having two seniors on that unit, the line has grown immensely in his eyes. Trevor McClure stepped into fill the void Seth Scarbrough left when he was injured. Renshaw has been pleased with his improvement among others.