The somber look on the Marlow players’ faces did not last very long last Friday night.
The Outlaws had just lost at top-ranked Kingfisher 56-13 and were waiting for their coach to finish his exchange of pleasantries with the Yellowjackets’ coach.
Marlow coach Rob Renshaw then walked over to the team huddle, looked at the scoreboard, dismissed it with a wave of his hand, and made an announcement that sent a cheer through the Outlaws.
“To heck with that,” Renshaw said in relation to the scoreboard, “we’re going to the playoffs.”
The long shot odds of Marlow making the playoffs had come to fruition. The Outlaws did not control their own destiny, but were relying on Mount St. Mary, a team failing to win a district game all year, to defeat Little Axe.
A win by the Rockets over the Indians would make a two-way tie for the fourth and final spot out of District 3A-1. A loss would force a three-way tie with Marlow, Little Axe, and Bridge Creek. The Bobcats would get the spot on point differential in that scenario.
Mount St. Mary gave the Outlaws a gift with a 47-25 win over Little Axe. Jones helped out as well by defeating Bridge Creek (42-7) as expected.
Marlow and Bridge Creek both finished with 2-4 district records, but the Outlaws held the head-to-head advantage with their victory the week before over the Bobcats.
Marlow (4-6 overall) will travel to Seminole this Friday for a first-round playoff game. It will be the Outlaws’ fifth game this season against a Top 10-ranked opponent, having already played Blanchard, Tuttle, Jones, and Kingfisher.
“Thank you, Mount St. Mary,” said Renshaw who has led his team to the playoffs in his first year. “We got a miracle. Maybe we can get a few more miracles.”
It is the first trip to the playoff for the Outlaws since 2007, meaning no current players have ever had the experience.
Since it was a non-district game, the contest against Kingfisher seemed almost secondary to what was happening elsewhere in the state. The undefeated Yellowjackets did show why they were the No. 1 team in Class 3A, posting 35 points on the Outlaws in a marathon 45-minute first quarter.
Marlow did manage to do what seven other teams failed to do against Kingfisher this season - score.
The first score came in the opening quarter when Marlow was down 14-0-. Marlow receiver Kelby Richardson took a handoff from quarterback Wakley Bergner on an end around and raced 78 yards untouched for the touchdown to cut the lead to 14-6.
Kingfisher went on to post 21 more points in the first quarter to take the game well In hand and went on to take a 42-6 lead at the half.
Both teams went to their benches early to preserve their starters for the playoffs even though the Outlaws did have some starters nicked up in the contest.
The only offensive player for Marlow to play the entire game was Bergner. The quarterback had his best game passing in three weeks, going 9-of-18 for 85 yards with a touchdown. He was picked off twice, but one was the result of the ball bouncing off the receiver.
Nine different players ran the ball for the Outlaws, led by 86 yards on 14 carries by Dominic Brisco, who did not start, but played most of the second half.
Kingfisher scored once in the third quarter to go up 49-13
Marlow’s final score came in the final quarter on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Bergner to running back Michael McGrew. Bergner had scrambled out of the pocket to his left and zipped the ball between two defenders to McGrew who caught it near the goal line and carried it in for the score.
The Yellowjackets would add one more score to make the final 56-13.
Kingfisher out gained Marlow 527 yards to 312 yards in total offense.
The Bobcats will host Lone Grove, a team Marlow defeated in its season-opener, in the first round of the playoffs this week.
Marlow – Dominic Brisco, 14-86; Kelby Richardson, 2-79 TD; Nick Yates, 14-19; Jonathan Shufeldt, 4-18; Wakley Bergner , 5-13; Michael McGrew 2-9; Beau Meshell, 1-3; Bradly Lowry, 2-2; Total – 44-229
Kingfisher – Ried Trout, 3-118 2TD; Nick Smith, 6-107; Grant Newson, 5-85 2TD; Landon Nault, 10-62 TD; Tucker Arrington, 1-5; Docker Haub, 1-(-5); Total – 26-372
Marlow – Rylan Skinner, 3-25; Michael McGrew, 2-20 TD; Nick Yates, 1-14; Colton Crowe, 1-10; Jackson Huddleston, 1-9; Kelby Richardson, 1-5; Total – 9-83
Kingfisher – Jake Blair, 5-53 TD; Jared Hendrix 2-31; Keaton Ely, 1-48 TD; Trey Woods, 1-11; Tyler Shephard, 1-7; Landon Nault, 1-5. Total – 11-155
Marlow – Wakley Bergner, 9-18-2 85 TD
Kingfisher – Grant Newton 6-7-0 114 2TD; Docker Haub 5-7-0 41; Tucker Arrington, 0-2-0; Total 11-16-0 155
Kingfisher downs Marlow: Outlaws get help, make state playoffs
Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
Nov 8, 2012 - 8:57:40 AM
By Todd Brooks
Nov 8, 2012 - 8:57:40 AM