While these teams haven’t faced off since 2017, the Marlow Outlaws and the Comanche Indians will meet again on the gridiron, looking to renew their rivalry.
Comanche bumped down to 2A for the 2018 and 2019 seasons while the Outlaws stayed in 3A for those two seasons. The game wasn’t scheduled as part of either team’s non-district slate.
The all-time series sees the Outlaws with the slight edge as their record against Comanche is 53-21-5 and Marlow took six straight games over the Indians.
As 2020 reunites the teams for the rivalry, the matchup comes as the district opener for both teams, each with a full roster for the first time since their season openers.
Marlow, set to have a home opener last week, had an unexpected bye week as Atoka canceled with the Outlaws while Comanche lost 50-12 in their final non-district match at Lone Grove.
Matt Weber, the Outlaws coach who has his team at 2-0 coming into the game, said this game has big meaning as the team had an extra week to prepare for the battle with the Indians.
“We did get the one extra day on Thursday — we were able to get the base sets in on Thursday and had the normal preparation this week,” Weber said. “We are getting prepared for a big line and really good, skilled kids. They have some real good quarterbacks that both are back this week and they should be at full strength and they are a really good team.”
The Outlaws won close games against Chickasha and Anadarko while Comanche’s two wins came against Dickson and Healdton. Weber said despite some of these players never playing in the rivalry, he knows that his team is ready to play.
“I think so and I’m sure it is that way on their end too and it is a rivalry that most of these kids haven’t been a part of because I think they were freshman last time we played,” Weber said. “It is a rivalry we hope we can keep going at least on our end in the future, whether we are in the same district or not.”
The game will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Comanche High School and for the Outlaws and Indians both teams will be ready to look at either going 1-0 or 0-1 in the district.
“I am a little nervous because we did have that off week and we can’t simulate game or game speed,” Weber said. “Of course both of our teams would rather be 1-0 in district than 0-1, but it is not a make or break game and we are hoping to play a full district schedule. We are certainly going in with the hopes of being 1-0 and we can only control our end. Things we feel like we can control are holding on to the football and not throwing to them. On defense, we also need to not give up the big run or big pass.”