A sluggish start for the Marlow Outlaws turned out to be more than they could handle.
Taking its first road trip from the friendly confines of Outlaw Stadium, Marlow couldn’t overcome a lethargic first half, falling to host Sulphur, 27-14.
The Outlaws (2-1) had their chances, but couldn’t get over the hump of a 20-0 deficit.
Marlow had a spark early in the second half, cutting the lead to 20-14, but in the end it was too much Ryan Rackley and the dominance of Sulphur on the line of scrimmage.
Rackley, a junior running back, carried the ball 49 times for the Bulldogs (1-2). No carroes were more important than a long fourth-quarter drive that chewed up more than six minutes off the clock. The Bulldogs didn’t score, but did pinned Marlow deep in its own territory with very little time remaining on the clock.
“We didn’t get off the bus very well,” Marlow coach Rob Renshaw said. “We weren’t ready to play. We dug a hole that we couldn’t get out of.”
Marlow trailed 20-0 at the half, but got a surge in the third quarter to cut the lead to six points, but never could find the final push it needed.
“If we played the whole game like we did the third quarter, we would have had a chance at winning,” Renshaw said. “It was a good lesson for us in that we have to be ready to play four quarters. We can’t wait until we find ourselves behind the eight-ball to try to come back.”
The players have come to that realization.
“They knew that we didn’t play well,” Renshaw said. “It was easy to see on the film. We have to learn from our mistakes because district games start this week and this is what decides who makes the playoffs.
“The guys have to learn for us to be a success, we can’t take plays off, much less taking a half off.”
The Bulldogs gave the Outlaws a little dose of their own medicine by controlling the clock with a powerful running game spearheaded by Rackley.
Rackley had 183 yards on his 49 carries with two scores. His running was instrumental in the late drive as he carried the ball 13 out of 14 times on the drive. The drive had started on the Bulldogs’ own nine and stalled at the Outlaws’ 40-yard line where they punted.
The Outlaws took possession on their own nine, but they could only manage one yard on four pass plays, turning the ball over on downs.
Four plays later, Rackle took the ball in from the four to put the game out of reach with two seconds remaining.
There were a couple of first in the game for Marlow this season, none of which were good. Marlow trailed for the first time this season; gave up more than one score in a game; and junior running back Trey Coffman failed to break the 100-yard barrier for the first time.
Sulphur’s first score came in the opening quarter when Rackley carried the ball in from the Marlow two to cap off a 49-yard, 11-play drive. The kick gave the home team a 7-0 lead with 2:34 remaining in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs found the endzone again after forcing a Marlow punt. Sulphur marched 70 yards in 10 plays when Rackley, playing quarterback, connected with Tye Brown from 12 yards out. The kick extended the lead to 14-0.
The final touchdown of the half came on the Bulldogs next possession when they drove 60 yards in nine plays with quarterback Ty Crenshaw throwing an 18-yard pass to Nick Magruder. The kick failed to keep the score at 20-0.
Marlow came out a different team in the third quarter, striking quickly. On the third play from scrimmage, quarterback Wakely Bergner hit Kelby Richardson in stride on a crossing route and the junior did the rest outrunning the defense to the endzone for the score. The kick by Anthony Green made the score 20-7 with 11:13 still left in the third quarter.
The Outlaws struck again on their next possession. This time they went 50 yards in seven plays with fullback Wes Coast diving in from four yards out. The kick cut the lead to 20-14 with 6:42 still to go in the third quarter.
Marlow looked to be continuing its momentum when Richardson picked off a Crenshaw pass to give the ball to the Outlaws at the Sulphur 47.
The Outlaws’ offense couldn’t cash and were forced to into a three-and-out.
Marlow had only two more possessions from that point. The first ended in a punt and the second was turning the ball over on downs.
The Outlaws finished with 220 yards of total offense compared to Sulphurs’ 299 yards. Marlow held the ball just 14:28, while Sulphur had a time of possession of 33:32
Marlow will be back home this Friday when they host district newcomer Jones at 7:30 p.m.
Marlow - Trey Coffman 31-78; Wes Coast 1-4, TD; Wakley Bergner 1-3; Nick Yates 1-6
Sulphur - Ryan Rackley 49-183, 2 TD; Nate Johnson, 9-58; Ty Crenshaw 2-(-1)
Marlow - Kelby Richardson 3-76, TD; Rylan Gingery 2-40; Trey Coffman, 1-13
Sulphur - Orlando McDonald 1-23; Tye Brown 1-18, TD; Nick Magruder 1-18, TD
Marlow - Wakley Bergner 7-19-0, 129
Sulphur - Ty Crenshaw 2-3-1, 41, TD; Ryan Rackley 1-1-0, 18, TD
Slow start dooms Outlaws in Sulphur
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By Todd Brooks
Sep 20, 2012 - 8:33:43 AM
By Todd Brooks
Sep 20, 2012 - 8:33:43 AM