The Marlow Outlaws didn’t play a perfect game, but their record is still perfect after two games.
Bolstered by a stingy defense and strong special teams play, the Outlaws outlasted visiting Stephens County rival Comanche 19-6 last Friday night.
Marlow’s defense did see its consecutive string of shutout quarters end at seven, but they will take the final result.
“The defense played their guts out tonight,” Marlow coach Rob Renshaw said. “The best part of it was their offense was on the field for three plays in the third quarter. Our offense was able to move the ball and keep them from having it. I wish we could have scored a few more times, but the defense stuffed them.”’
Time of possession was way in Marlow’s favor thanks to the defense. The Outlaws owned the ball for 30:56 compared to 17:04 for Comanche.
The defense was able to contain Comanche quarterback Kale Reed, who had run wild against Velma-Alma the week before. Reed had 102 yards rushing, but more than 50 of it came on one run.
“We held him except for that one play,” Marlow defensive coordinator Bryan Brantly said. “Even then we had him cornered, but just missed the tackle.”
Comanche was limited to just 169 yards of total offense, and Marlow’s defense intercepted Reed twice.
Meanwhile, Marlow got a solid performance offensively from running back Trey Coffman, a workhorse for the Outlaws in the game.
The junior, who had more than 200 yards against Lone Grove in the first game of the season, broke the 100-yard mark against the Indians with 129 yards on 40 carries and scored a touchdown He earned every yard in the hard-hitting game.
Marlow had just 231 yards of total offense, but got just enough offense to stay ahead of Comanche the entire game.
The Outlaws first scored in the second quarter on a Coffman 1-yard run with 9:53 to go. Anthony Green’s extra point would prove to be crucial later on.
The drive started at the Comanche 38 after a short punt into the brutal wind moving north to south. The Outlaws took advantage by going the distance in eight plays with the key play being an 11-yard pass from quarterback Wakley Bergner to receiver Wes Coast on a fourth-and-2 play from the 30.
For the next quarter and a half, Marlow’s defense held Comanche in check, and while the Outlaws did have some success moving the ball, they held Marlow out of the endzone to keep the game close.
Marlow also benefited by having just two penalties in the game compared to six for Comanche.
The Indians finally broke through in the fourth thanks in large part to Reed’s 57-yard run that set the visitors up at the Marlow 21. Reed called his own number five more straight times, and finally broke the plane of the endzone on first-and-goal from the 1 with 7:17 left.
The Marlow defense rose to the occasion on the two-point conversion attempt, stuffing Reed to preserve the 7-6 Outlaw lead.
Special teams would then come into play in a big way. Marlow had been having success on its punts, including a 62-yard bomb earlier in the game by Bergner that kept the Indians keep in their own territory.
Comanche had held Marlow to a three-and-out, but Bergner’s punt from the Indians’ 45 was mishandled at the goal line and Marlow’s Colton Crowe pounced on the loose ball in the endzone for the score.
The kick failed to keep the lead at 13-6 with 4:55 left in the contest.
“That was huge,” Renshaw said.
The Outlaw defense held on Comanche’s next possession, forcing an incompletion from Reed on fourth-and-12 to turn the ball back over to Marlow at the Comanche 31.
Once again Marlow took advantage of the short field. Nick Yates ripped off a 16-yard run to start the drive, and two plays later, Bergner ran the ball in from six yards out to seal the win with 2:09 remaining.
Marlow (2-0) travels to Sulphur this Friday to take on the Bulldogs (0-2). Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Marlow – Trey Coffman 40-129, TD; Wes Coast 3-10; Wakley Bergner 2-11; Kelby Richardson 1-7; Nick Yates 3-31
Comanche – Kale Reed 18-102, TD; Clayton Fennell 8-32
Marlow – Trey Coffman 2-23; Wes Coast 2-20
Comanche – Hunter Rice 5-34, Zach Rice 1-1
Marlow – Wakley Bergner 4-11-2 43
Comanche – Kale Reed 6-17-2 35
Outlaws outlast county rival Comanche
Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
Sep 13, 2012 - 9:15:05 AM
By Todd Brooks
Sep 13, 2012 - 9:15:05 AM