Marlow wins 28-14 against Metro Christian; Outlaws to return to Tulsa for playoffs round 2
In the first round of playoffs Friday, against Metro Christian in Tulsa, Marlow managed to break its first 3-game losing streak since 2017. This was also the first playoff win since the 2021 State Championship.
In the first quarter, senior Outlaw Cade Gilbert managed a 71-yard run, and a successful kick, giving Marlow the advantage of 7 points on the scoreboard. In the second quarter, sophomore Hudson Morgan had a 4-yard run, and Gilbert had the kick, adding another 7 points. That streak continued in the second quarter, with Gilbert going for a 34-yard run, and yet another successful kick, landing Marlow 21-0 with 8:11 on the board. Metro managed to score 7 points with 6:17 left on the clock going into halftime.
"It was a great win on the road against such a strong program. We are living in Tulsa time having to go back up there this week," Coach Matt Weber said.
After the half, Marlow returned and again, Gilbert ran for 28 yards after a pass from junior Blayd Harris. The kick for Gilbert gave Marlow another 7 points, putting them at 28-7 with 1:31 seconds left on the clock in the third quarter. It wasn't until the 4th quarter that Metro Christian's Kaeden Goodman was able to give his team another score, ending the game at 28-14, Marlow advantage.
Weber talked about round one playoffs, noting that the Outlaws were resilient. "Our team played complimentary football with the defense being able to hold a great offense to 14 points and the offense being able to put points on the board so we could play ahead."
Marlow returns to Tulsa this Friday as they take on Cascia Hall.
"We have another great program this week in Tulsa Cascia Hall. They are a traditional power and the number one seed out of their district. Cascia has turned in tons spread team, but is willing to run it more than Metro. Defensively they are an attacking front, including their linebackers. We will have to be very sharp because they create so many negative plays."
Marlow has played six ranked opponents according to The Oklahoman this season.
Gilbert accounted for 22 of Marlow's 28 points (2 rush TD, 1 Rec TD, 4 PAT)
"I'm really proud of our kids' resilience and belief coming off a 3-game skid. Our kids were exhausted after the game and still know we haven't played our best football yet."
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