Jace Gilbert

Jace Gilbert runs the football against Lindsay earlier this season. The Outlaws improved to 5-0 with a big homecoming victory on Friday.

Marlow made school history by rolling over the Coalgate Wildcats 55-7 and becoming only the fifth Outlaws team to start the season with a 5-0 record.

The first quarter was all Marlow, as Nate Herchock blocked the punt, setting the tone for the Outlaw defense. 

The Outlaws began to drive down the field quickly on the Wildcats. Before long, Marlow found themselves in a goal line situation, ready to open the door wide open.

Having a little scare for the Outlaws as the ball hit the ground following the snap, quarterback Jace Gilbert danced sideline to sideline to recover all the lost yards and then add a few more to keep the offense rolling.

Chase Knight, on the next play, got the first score of the game, cashing in the opportunity and scoring from three yards out. 

Following the successful point-after attempt by Gilbert, Marlow took a 7-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game. 

The Outlaw defense forced another three-and-out, giving the ball right back to the high-octane offense of the Outlaws. 

They made no mistakes in this drive, as Gilbert found his target in Brennan Morgan for a 25-yard pass to set up another scoring opportunity for the Outlaws. 

Julian Marroquin got the next play for the Outlaws as he scored from three yards out to put the second rushing touchdown of the game for Marlow. 

Gilbert was successful again on the extra point kick with the Outlaws quickly jump to a 14-0 lead in the middle stages of the first quarter.

With the offense humming along, the defense continued to give Coalgate fits all night long. 

Kyle Wilson then brought down the quarterback with a sack, forcing another three-and-out for the Wildcats. 

The special teams of Marlow continued to shine, this time as Josiah Johnson blocked the punt to give his offense excellent field position. 

Gilbert continued to attack the Wildcats with his arm, as Gilbert found Will Bergner on the screen pass. Bergner took the pass 17 yards for the gain and made sure to get into scoring position for the Outlaws.

The Outlaws took the 21-0 lead, this time getting Luke Anderson in from three yards out with Gilbert knocking down the point-after kick and giving the Outlaws the 21-0 lead.

Following another Wildcat three-and-out, Avery Payne threw a dart to Herchock who made the outstanding sideline catch.

The next two plays were all Cole Hayes, as the running back carried the Outlaws with a huge run to set up another goal line situation for the Outlaws. 

Hayes, on his next run, capped off the drive with his own touchdown run as Marlow got another successful point-after kick by Gilbert, and the Outlaws started the second quarter with a 28-0 lead.

The dominance in the first quarter for all five games was noted by Outlaws statistician Jason McPherson who said Marlow has outscored their opponents 82-0 in the first quarter. 

Coalgate tried to punch back, but the “three-and-out bug” continued to infect the Wildcats. 

Bergner made them pay on the ensuing punt return, dashing through the field for a huge kick return. 

Payne, taking over at quarterback, joined in on the fun as he gashed the Wildcat defense with a 30-yard run, which would set up his three-yard rushing score. 

Another successful point-after kick came from Gilbert and Marlow held a commanding 35-0 lead in the middle stages of the second period. 

More problems began to arise for Coalgate, as a mishandled snap bounced in the favor of the Outlaws. Carson Moore scooped up the fumble and returned it for three yards to score. 

With the huge defensive play by the Outlaws and an unsuccessful point after kick, the Marlow team went into the locker room with a 41-0 lead.

For the first time of the night, Marlow offense had to punt, but it didn’t take long at all for the Outlaws to get the ball right back on defense and get another defensive score. 

Anderson, this time on defense, picked up the fumble off the ground and returned it for 54 yards — his second score of the night with the extra point good to lead 48-0.

A few possessions later, Ty Scott got the final score for Marlow as he ran it in from 54 yards out to give the Outlaws the 55-0 lead after three quarters of play.

Coalgate’s offense was not going to go quietly as the Wildcats began to drive the ball down the field and scored to end the game.

Wildcats’ Quarterback Ryfle Gold found his receiver Austin Lynch in the end zone, putting Coalgate on the board. The extra point was good with 1:46 left to play, putting the score at 55-7.

Finishing the game out with the victory, Outlaws head coach Matt Weber moved to fourth on the school’s all-time list for victories, notching number 48 during his two tenures.

The Outlaws will look to face the second place team in the district when they take on Davis High School on the road at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 as they look to continue their undefeated streak.

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