The Cushing football team just won its first playoff game in 19 years, and coach Barrett Shupe is hoping for the second on Friday against Marlow.

After beating Bethany, Shupe’s team will have to beat Marlow, a team he said has progressed since losing to Bethany in its season opener.

“To me, it seems like they’ve focused in on some things,” Shupe said. “They’re running some power, counter, (and) stretch, really focusing in on direct handoff stuff.

“For whatever reason, they’ve gotten really really good at it. I think those running backs kind of got a feel for what coach (Rob) Renshaw was wanting.”

Shupe has actually kept up with the Outlaws a little bit this season.

His wife, Jodie, is from Marlow and the couple still gets The Marlow Review newspaper every week.

“I keep up with them through that paper,” Shupe said. “Those kids play hard, and there’s a standard and expectations set there.

“They’re a very physical football team. They’re going to run right at us. Coach Renshaw does a tremendous job.”

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