Teams have plenty to look forward to in 2018
In the moments after a thrilling shootout in a first round Class 3A playoff battle between Marlow and Plainview, I made my way onto the field through the large contingent of Outlaws who had made the long drive east over to Ardmore.
I was trying to flag down Marlow coach Rob Renshaw, who I eventually found hugging and taking commemorative pictures with his seniors.
Renshaw's Outlaws had just given everything they had in a 67-48 loss, coming close to pulling off a significant upset of No. 6 Plainview.
At one point, the two teams went back-and-forth to score 11 consecutive touchdowns. Marlow scored first and led multiple times in the first half. At halftime, it was tied at 27-all. Trading blows as if it was a boxing match, Marlow kept pace with Plainview as the game was tied four times 20-20, 27-27, 34-34, 41-41 until the Indians capitalized on a few Outlaw mistakes and pulled away in the fourth quarter.
Senior wide receiver Dawson Huddleston, who scored four touchdowns four different ways punt return, kick return, rushing and receiving told me after the game that the players saw The Oklahoman picked Plainview to win which got under the Outlaws' skin. Marlow played with a chip on its shoulder and for a chunk of the game, looked like the better team.
So when their chances were spent after leaving everything out on that field at Plainview Stadium, it was easy to see why tears were flowing freely while words were hard to come by.