It didn’t take Marlow long to equal its win total from last season.
The Outlaws scored in every quarter, and the defense kept Lone Grove at bay, on their way to a 31-0 shutout of the Longhorns last Friday night.
The win marked a successful debut for Marlow coach Rob Renshaw, who took over the program last spring.
“That was a good start, that was a heckuva start to the season,” Renshaw said. “I’m really proud of our defense. We still missed a few tackles here and there, but I’m real happy with the way the defense played. They earned that shutout.”
Marlow’s offense rolled up 334 yards of total offense – 244 on the ground and 90 through the air. Lone Grove had 175 yards of total offense with 143 coming on the ground and 32 yards passing.
Marlow had 18 first downs to 10 to Lone Grove. The Longhorns had four turnovers, while the Outlaws had two.
The coach saw improvement in the play of his offensive line, which has been a work in progress over the pre-season.
“We’re getting better every week,” Renshaw said. “It’s one thing to block the JV in practice, but another thing to go block against varsity in a varsity game. They did do some things to us that did give us some problems.
“In the first half, our offense wasn’t on the field enough. We got a couple of big plays and then we got an interception, so the offense only scored twice in the first half.”
Junior running Trey Coffman got his season off to a rousing start, torching the Longhorns for 234 yards on 25 carries with two touchdowns, and he also returned an interception 41 yards for another score.
It started off well for Coffman and the Outlaws. On the second play from scrimmage from his own 24-yard line, Coffman got the handoff from quarterback Wakely Bergner, fought off a defender in the backfield and then raced 76 yards untouched the rest of the way for the game’s first score.
The extra point failed and the score remained 6-0 with 11:05 still remaining in the first quarter.
Kelby Richardson ended Lone Grove’s first possession with an interception that he returned 42 yards down to the Longhorns’ 13. Three plays later, Bergner scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak.
Anthony Green made the point after to give the Outlaws a 13-0 lead with 6:50 left in the opening quarter.
One of the key plays of the game didn’t even come on a scoring drive. Late in the first quarter, Marlow was pinned at it’s own 5-yard line following a Lone Grove punt. The Longhorns were probably expecting three straight handoffs to the hard-running Coffman, but the Outlaws surprised their opponent by going to a play-action pass. Bergner dropped back into his own endzone and flung a pass down the field where receiver Kelby Richardson junior Kelby Richardson made an impressive one-hand grab that was good for 42 yards.
“That’s what we want to do,” Renshaw said. “We want to throw when we want to throw and not when the other team makes us.”
Marlow ended up punting, but instead of getting the ball around midfield, the Longhorns started from their own 17.
The score remained that way until near the midway point of the second quarter. On a first-and-10 from the Lone Grove 35-yard line, Coffman picked off Longhorn quarterback Justice Ruhnke and returned it 41 yards for the score.
The kick failed to keep the score 19-0, which would be the score at halftime.
Marlow essentially put the game away with their first offensive possession of the third quarter following a Lone Grove punt.
The Outlaws drove 66 yards in eight plays, capped off by a 6-yard run by Coffman for his second score of the night. The key play of the drive was a 15-yard pass from Bergner to Richardson on third-and-6 from the Long Grove 41.
The extra point failed again to keep the score at 25-0 with 7:05 remaining in the third quarter.
The final score of the night came in the final quarter.
Following a fumble recovery by junior linebacker Wes Coast at the Lone Grove 33, the Outlaws went quickly to work, going the distance in four plays with junior running back Kagan Blackburn scoring from eight yards out.
The extra point failed to keep the score at 31-0 with just 4:48 left in the game.
Marlow hosts Stephens County rival Comanche this Friday.
Marlow – Coffman 25-234, 2 TDs; Coast 4-12; Blackburn 3-19, TD; Bergner 5-(-22), TD; Nick Yates, 1-1
Lone Grove – Ruhnke 13-54; Dillan Gaither 6-14; Aaron Sinkler 7-47; Darron Lewis 6-27; O’Shay Harris 4-1
Marlow – Coffman 1-5; Richardson 3-66; Tanner Brittain 1-19
Lone Grove – Jazper Long 1-10; Akari Tucker 4-17; Joseph Nichols 1-5
Marlow – Bergner 5-7-1 90
Lone Grove – Ruhnke 3-16-2 19; Harris 3-4 13
Marlow wins opener with shutout
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By Todd Brooks
Sep 6, 2012 - 9:27:17 AM
By Todd Brooks
Sep 6, 2012 - 9:27:17 AM