Babblin' Brooks - Football comes to close

Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
Nov 15, 2012 - 9:00:31 AM

A bow was put on the football season for area teams last Friday night when both Marlow and Central High were defeated in the first round of the state playoffs.
It was a learning experience for Marlow. After playing what would have to be considered a tough schedule for playing five ranked teams in 11 weeks, they now know at what level they have to obtain in order to compete to be considered the best of the best.
The Outlaws finished the season at 4-7, but really could not have expected to do much better than 6-5. Blanchard, Jones, Tuttle, Kingfisher, and Seminole simply outmanned Marlow, and I do not think a break here or there would have changed the outcome of those games.
The two games Marlow could have won but did not were its week three game against the Sulphur Bulldogs and its week eight game against the Little Ax Indians.
The Bulldogs finished 3-7 overall and out of the playoff picture in their district. It was the Outlaws’ first road trip of the year, and they could not have come out any flatter than they did.
A third quarter surge by Marlow was not enough as the Outlaws eventually fell by a 27-14 score.
The Little Axe game was another frustrating loss to the Outlaws. Junior running back Trey Coffman went down in the first quarter with a broken ankle and while reserves Dominic Brisco and Anthony Green gave it their best effort, a couple of turnovers were too much for Marlow to overcome as they fell by a 22-19 score.
Marlow should be back in the playoff hunt next year with only two seniors starting on both sides of the ball (quarterback Wakley Bergner and receiver Rylan Skinner on offense and Skinner and Colton Crowe in the secondary on defense) this season.
With the returning starters and head coach Rob Renshaw establishing his system, it should be an intriguing year in Marlow next season.
Central High overcame quite a bit coming out of the gate when the school had to scramble to find a head coach after a head coach was hired and left after spring practice. Darren Lamar was brought in and without the benefit of a spring practice, the Bronchos started out 5-0.
Central High went on to finish the regular season 7-3 before losing to top-ranked Laverne in the first round of the Class B playoffs.
The Bronchos will return one of the more electrifying players in the area next season in running back Kevin Harris, who rushed for more than 1,700 yards this past season.
Bray-Doyle went 1-9 this season, but showed vast improvement under new head coach Don Padgett over the course of the season.
Monday night, the school board voted to look into the possibility of returning to eight-man football after five years of playing 11-man. The move will be pending on the decision of the OSSAA.
This would probably be a good move for the Donkeys who should be able to compete faster in eight-man than the current Class A district they are in.
One final note on the season, I appreciate the cooperation of Renshaw, Lamar, and Padgett. They were very easy to work with. All three were new to their respective schools, and I think all three districts hired some class acts.
Congratulations are to go to all the teams, and I am looking forward to next year already.