In a battle of neighboring teams that haven’t seen each other in a long time, the Duncan Demons and Marlow Outlaws football teams used their final scrimmage to finish up final preps for the season.
Outlaws head coach Matt Weber said it has been since the 1980s if he can remember correctly that the two Stephens County teams faced off in a game and feels it was a great evening.
“The first thing is, I think it was a neat deal that we are doing it again because our kids know their kids and our communities are close together and they used to do this years ago in the 80’s,” Weber said. “Their kids were very classy and it was good to go against good competition and they really showed us where we are at right now and showed us we need to become a lot better football team.”
JT Cobble, the Demons head coach entering his third season, said the atmosphere was great and credited the Outlaws for giving all they’ve got during the live action half played this past Thursday.
“It was a really good atmosphere and it was a real hard hitting physical scrimmage and you have to give credit to Marlow, they gave us all we wanted and both teams were pretty jacked up and ready to play, from the freshman portion all the way on to the end,” Cobble said. “It was really fun to be a part of and I feel like all we try and do is get better each week in our practice and I feel like we had a better scrimmage this week then we did last week against Cache. That is all you can hope for is to get better each week.”
Both teams will have their openers next Friday and for Weber, the two scrimmages plus their Blue/White earlier this practice season make him feel like he knows more about his team.
“For us personally we played a whole bunch of kids just trying to see who we feel like is going to be Friday night ready next week when we actually keep score for real,” Weber said. “We have 47 kids on our roster with all of them with plenty of film time and we are still evaluating that and hopefully have several kids who can help us on Fridays.”
Cobble said his boys are ready for next Friday evening and will work on a few things before their opener. He feels like with the scrimmage season complete, the Marlow scrimmage helped the Demons out a lot.
“They didn’t have their football wings under them but I think they got them last night,” Cobble said. “Last night was kind a eat or be eaten type of attitude from Marlow and I feel like we answered the call. The guys really flew around and played hard and tackled really well. We had a pretty good night on offense scoring two out of the three possessions we had, so I feel like we got their football wings under them and feel like they are ready to go.”
Weber agreed and said they will work on a plan to get better at fundamentals and putting in their offense before they open the season on the road at Chickasha.
“I think that is probably statewide with what is going on in our world and being cooped up for so long I don’t think I can ever remember kids this excited to be playing football,” Weber said. “I think it has more to do with normalcy and being around other kids.”
Marlow opens the season at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at Chickasha, while the Demons are at home kicking off at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 with Senior Night taking place the game against Lawton High School.