Outlaws keep playoff hopes alive with win

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By Todd Brooks
Nov 1, 2012 - 8:26:03 AM

CRUNCH TIMEIt was a textbook definition of an ugly win, but as far as the Marlow Outlaws are concerned it was a thing of beauty.
The Outlaws managed just six plays for positive yards in their game at Bridge Creek last Friday night, but three of them resulted in touchdowns. It would be all they would need as Marlow claimed a 21-16 victory over the Bobcats.
“We’ve played ugly the past two weeks and we’ve won one and lost one,” Marlow coach Rob Renshaw said. “I’ll take an ugly win over an ugly loss any time.”
The win snapped a three-game District 3A-1 losing streak and kept the Outlaws in the hunt for the Class 3A state playoffs, but they will need some help from Mount St. Mary. The Rockets will need to be Little Axe in order for the Outlaws to get the fourth and final spot in District 3A-1.
A Little Axe win coupled with a Bridge Creek loss to Jones will make it a three-way tie with Marlow, Little Axe, and Bridge Creek. The tiebreaker would go to point differential, which would go to Bridge Creek. Marlow could very well miss the playoffs by one point if Jones beats Bridge Creek by 15 points or more.
“If we wouldn’t have lost to Little Axe, we would be in,” Renshaw said. “It’s our fault we are in the position we are in.”
The Outlaws were able to get another solid performance from its defense to keep them in the game. The Outlaws benefited from our turnovers, including a fumble on the Marlow 2. The Bobcats also helped out Marlow by committing 10 penalties for 80 yards compared to just six penalties for 30 yards for the Outlaws.
“The difference was we didn’t turn the ball over,” Renshaw said. “We played defense, we bent but we didn’t break.” PEP TALK
Marlow only had three first downs in the game compared to Bridge Creeks’ 23. The Bobcats outgained the Outlaws 350 yards to 118 in total offense.
Two big plays and another score off of a turnover deep in Bridge Creek territory proved to be the difference.
Early in the second quarter following a scoreless first quarter, running back Nick Yates took a toss from quarterback Wakley Bergner at his on 17 and went up the gut of the Marlow offensive line. He found the hole he needed, exploded through the line and outran the Bobcat defenders to the endzone for an 83-yard scamper.
The drive was set up by the defense when Brett Eldridge recovered a Bridge Creek fumble at the Marlow 2. A personal foul penalty on the Bobcats gave the Outlaws some breathing space. Yates was off and running two plays later.
Anthony Green’s point after gave the Outlaws a 7-0 lead with 10:57 to go in the half.
Bridge Creek tied the game later in the quarter on a 10-yard run by Loren Burrage.
The Bobcats took the lead in the third quarter on a 24-yard field goal by Cody White with 5:38 remaining in the third quarter.
Marlow answered quickly, however. After a bad snap left the Outlaws with a second-and-26 from their own 21, Bergner connected with receiver Kelby Richardson who ran the rest of the way for a 79-yard score. Green’s point after extended Marlow’s lead to 14-10 with 4:25 left in the third quarter.
Marlow scored early in the fourth quarter on a miscue by Bridge Creek. The Bobcats’ punter had the snap go over his head and the Outlaws took over at the Bridge Creek 13.
Two plays later, Bergner found Richardson in the front corner of the endzone to push the lead to 21-10 following the extra point.
Bridge Creek would then get its final score following a controversial no-call. On fourth-and-1 from the Marlow 3, the quarterback appeared to go down on a knee to pick up a low snap, but it was not called and the first down was picked up. On first-and-goal, running back Brandon Carlton went in for the score.
The Outlaws managed to stop the fake extra point conversion to keep the score at 21-16.
Neither team would score again, and the game would end when Marlow’s Kagan Blackburn intercepted a Jimmy Wynne pass.

– Nick Yates 19-43, TD; Beau Meshell, 1-1; Wakley Bergner, 2-(-17)
Bridge Creek – Loren Burrage 25-113, TD; Marndon Carlton 20-79, TD; Morgan Merrell, 13-48; Jimmy Wynne, 4-11; Mason Trevino 1-(-28)
– Kelby Richardson 2-91, 2TD
Bridge Creek – Brandon Carlton 7-82; Andrew Dakins 3-23; Ryan Armstead 3-20; Mason Trevino 2-7; Morgan Merrell 1-0; Ethan Heck 1-(-5)
– Wakley Bergner 2-8-0 91, 2TD
Bridge Creek – Jimmy Wynne 17-28-2 127

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