Babblin' Brooks - "You want to talk about playoffs?"

Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
Oct 11, 2012 - 8:54:58 AM

The high school football season is little more than halfway over and the good news for area teams is all three are still in the hunt for a playoff spot.
It is refreshing to work in an area where coaches are willing to look ahead at the possibility of playoff hunts. I do not know how many times I have heard over the years coaches tell me they do not want to talk about looking ahead, they just take it one game at a time.
Despite a 1-2 record in District 3A-1, Marlow controls its own destiny. Without a doubt, the top three teams sitting atop the district – Tuttle, Blanchard, and Jones – appear to be the class of the district with the other four teams scrambling for the last spot.
The top three spots will begin to shake out this week when Blanchard plays Jones. Marlow could sneak in to the third spot with a victory over Tuttle this week.
“We’re still within reach of our goal,” Marlow coach Rob Renshaw said. “Our goal before the season started was to make the playoffs, and we still have that chance.”
It could all boil down to the Oct. 26 game against Bridge Creek for the fourth spot regardless of what happens this week at Tuttle.
If the season ended right now, Marlow would be the fourth representative from the district because of point differential over Bridge Creek. The two teams are tied for fourth heading into Friday’s games. Bridge Creek plays Little Axe and should be favored in the contest.
Theoretically, if all the favored teams win this week and next week, the fourth spot will be decided at Bridge Creek on Oct. 26. Marlow will be the underdog this week to Tuttle, but should be favored next week against Little Axe in the Outlaws’ final home game of the season.
Bridge Creek should be expected to win this week, but then have a non-district game against Star Spencer next week.
Central High
While the Bronchos are looking good for a playoff spot if they manage to take care of business the next few weeks, the District B-2 championship could well be on the line for Central High this week.
The Bronchos travel to undefeated Fox. A loss by the Bronchos, while not devastating their playoff chances, all but assures them they have no shot for the district title because Fox would have a two-game lead plus a head-to-head win.
“If we don’t win this week, we probably will not have realized one of our goals at the beginning of the season, which was to win our district,” Central High coach Darren Lamar said.
The road will not be easy for the Bronchos the rest of the way. The back half of their schedule is much tougher than the top half. Central High has already played the teams in the bottom half of the district and every team from here on out is vying for a playoff spot.
This was one of the reasons the coach doesn’t like the mercy rule in eight-man football.
“We could have put up 45 points on Geary in the first half to end it, but we wanted to give our younger kids a chance to play,” Lamar said. “Then in the second half, they score two touchdowns, the first of which should have been called back because there were linemen 10 yards down the field on a pass play.
“Then we fumble the kickoff and they score again and I’m thinking if we are going to be able to get our 15 points after we could have put it away in the first half.
“I hate the mercy rule. We need to have either a running clock or just play it out. Too many opposing coaches take advantage when you are trying to get your young players in the game.”
The Donkeys have a tough hill to climb, but can still make it if they can pull off some upsets.
Bray-Doyle still has to play the top two teams in the district in Ringling and Empire and have already lost to Rush Springs and Velma-Alma, who are tied for third place.
The Donkeys though can still be in contention with a victory this week at Healdton. The teams are tied for fifth with 1-2 district records. The winner of the game will get a huge boost. The loser may be in a hole too deep to get out of depending how the rest of the season plays out. At the very least, they would not be controlling their own destiny.
Congratulations to the Central High Lady Bronchos and the Marlow Lady Outlaws for completing a great season this year. No doubt both teams are disappointed for not making it past the regionals, but both still racked up over 20 wins.
Marlow will especially be a team to watch in Class 3A next year since the Lady Outlaws will only be losing one senior off of this year’s squad. If everyone else comes back, Marlow could be tough to keep away from Oklahoma City in the postseason.
Reminder to coaches
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