A team’s ultimate goal is to make history and the Marlow Outlaws 2020 football team did just that by winning 34-0 over Tishomingo to grab the first ever undefeated regular season in school history.
With the victory, the Outlaws moved to 9-0 for the second time in school history. The last time took place in 1985, when the Outlaws went 9-1. The team also took home the Xpress Wellness Team of Week award for their second time this season.
Continuing their streak of outscoring their opponents by a big margin in the first quarter, the Outlaws shutout all nine of their opponents with a total score of 145-0 in the first quarter after scoring 21 first-quarter points in the final game of the regular season.
It started with a 3-yard touchdown run from Cole Hayes followed by a passing touchdown from Jace Gilbert to Kyle Wilson for 58 yards to lead 14-0.
The final touchdown of the first quarter came from Brian Zhang, who ran the ball in from 7 yards out to lead 21-0 with the final touchdown of the game coming in the second quarter.
Hayes made his second touchdown of the game with an 11-yard rushing touchdown to lead 28-0 at half with the final two scores coming in the form of field goals from Gilbert.
Clinching the district title a week ago in Frederick, their 17th in school history, Outlaws head coach Matt Weber said he was proud to make history and credited his team for the success.
“It is awesome and our community was proud of our kids and the neatest thing was how much work was put into that,” Weber said. “Winning in any sport at any level is hard to do and obviously a lot of things have to go your way to win all of your football games, but our kids put a lot of work into it and it was a good accomplishment.”
As the No. 1 seed in the district, the Outlaws got a bye in the play-in round as the No. 8 seed in the other district opted out before the playoff bracket was drawn. Marlow will be wait on a winner of the Comanche-Bethel game to determine who they will play.
“We obviously played Comanche and we have scouted Bethel and so we are working on much as we can on a little of both of them,” Weber said. “They do some similar things so it allows us to work two teams at once. But the main thing … we work on still to this day is the basic fundamentals of football. We have shortened our practices this week and have really gone to work on the nuts and bolts of football.”
While an undefeated regular season is something to note, Weber said the expectations are higher for this team and he hopes his team can make a long run in the Class 2A State playoffs.
“You get to this time of the year and it really becomes a grind. This is our 14th week of practice and so it becomes a war of attrition,” Weber said. “We are trying to keep everyone fresh and there maybe some kids a little banged up, but we are treating them the best you can and go on.”
Once the bracket releases, the official time and date will release. Weber said the Outlaws will keep the momentum up and can’t wait for their next game.
“We are not a team who does a whole lot of new — we do what we do and we figure that is how we will win football games,” Weber said. “We are just going to continue to do what we do and try to perfect our craft individually and collectively as a team. We are excited to be where we are at and … the outside opponents that we are fighting, it doesn’t affect your team or any other team, so we can get through these playoffs.”