Jace Gilbert

Marlow’s Jace Gilbert carries the ball during the team’s 24-21 win in Chickasha on Friday.

CHICKASHA — The Marlow Outlaws put together a strong second half in their season opener.

In Marlow’s 24-21 win over the Chickasha Fightin’ Chicks Friday in Chickasha, the Outlaws scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and all 24 points in the second half. Marlow’s three offensive possessions in the first half resulted in a turnover on downs, a lost fumble and an interception. 

With the win, Marlow moved to 1-0 on the season and snapped a losing streak to Chickasha which dated back to Sept. 2, 1994, according to Marlow statistician Jason McPherson.

Despite moving the ball in the first half, Chickasha only scored on one of its drives. Ma’lek Murphy put Chickasha ahead with a short touchdown run in the second quarter, and the Fightin’ Chicks ended up leading 7-0 at halftime.

But things began to turn in the second half, starting with a Chickasha turnover on its second offensive play of the third quarter. Marlow quarterback Jace Gilbert cashed in the turnover with a touchdown run, and the extra point tied the game at seven.

But Chickasha responded on its next offensive possession, jumping ahead again on a touchdown pass from Lowery to Ronald Givens. 

Following another Chickasha turnover, the Outlaws got three points to make the score 14-10 in favor of Chickasha in the fourth quarter. Nate Herchock then picked off a Lowery pass to set the Outlaws up with an opportunity to take the lead.

In what turned out to be a big sequence late in the game, Marlow took the lead with the first of two touchdowns in a short amount of time after Gilbert threw a touchdown pass to Will Bergner. With Marlow leading 17-14, Blake Harris got a good read and intercepted a Lowery pass on Chickasha’s next drive, returning the interception for a touchdown. 

The Outlaws led by 10 after the extra point.

Chickasha cut the deficit to three points and had the ball with a chance to go back ahead, but Marlow’s defense stood tall once again.

Marlow’s next game will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11 at Anadarko.

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