By Scott Moore and Jeff Johncox
Transcript Sports Writers
MARLOW — Purcell went on the road to No. 3 Marlow Friday and fumbled three times inside their own 25 yard line. They also committed 13 penalties.
Final score? Purcell 23, Marlow 22.
“To do all that and still win on the road at Marlow says a lot about the character of our kids,” Purcell coach Mike Wilson said.
If there was any questions about whether or not the Dragons could play in Class 3A as well as they did in 2A, they were answered Friday. And maybe they proved something to themselves, as well.
“There’s obviously some questions when you move up a class,” Wilson said. “When you’ve been a contender in 2A like we have, then you wonder if you can still be a contender when you move up. I think we proved that we have the capability to be a good football team.”
Marlow turned two of Purcell’s three fumbles into touchdowns. But the Dragons got a key stop early in the game when Marlow recovered a Purcell fumble at the Dragon 20-yard line on the game’s first possession. But Chase Page intercepted a pass in the end zone to keep Marlow from taking an early lead.
Purcell drove 60 yards to tie the game on a 26-yard pass from Seth Barrett to Dillon Cook. The snap was bad on the point-after, but Barrett picked up the ball and threw to Page in the end zone for a two-point conversion.
“It was kind of lucky, but we executed it,” Wilson said.
It proved to be a key point in the game. Marlow scored before the half and went for two, but Caleb Smith intercepted the pass.
A fumble in the third quarter set up a Marlow touchdown, giving the Outlaws a 20-16 lead. But Purcell took the lead in the for good in the fourth when Page hit Farrow for a 66-yard pass play, giving the Dragons a 23-20 lead.
Late in the game, Page intercepted a pass at the Dragons’ two-yard line. With 1:59 remaining, Purcell took a safety instead of punting from its own end zone. Marlow started its final possession at its own 35, but Purcell held them.
The Dragons held Marlow to just 196 yards.
“It wasn’t a well executed game, but the effort was there,” Wilson said. “Our kids overcame a lot of adversity. I’ve been at Purcell for 18 years and this is the first time I’ve ever won (at Marlow). We’ve probably played there about half a dozen times and it’s a snake pit. This is a big win.”
Purcell 23, Marlow 22
Purcell 8 0 8 7 — 23
Marlow 7 6 7 2 — 22
First Quarter — MHS: Garrett Brown 1 run (Wortham kick); PHS: Dillon Lack 26 pass from Seth Barrett (Barrett pass from Page).
Second Quarter — MHS: Brown 22 pass (pass failed).
Third Quarter — PHS: Barrett 4 run (Page run); MHS: Brown 21 run (Wortham kick).
Fourth Quarter — PHS: Jake Farrow 66 pass from Page (Erik Venegas kick); MHS: Safety.
First Downs 10 8
Rushing yards 38-109 37-114
Passing yards 119 82
Total offense 228 196
Passing 7-17-0 7-19-4
Fumbles lost 5-3 1-0
Penalties 13-80 15-95
Punting 7-38 5-32
RUSHING — Pur: Donell Martin 14-49, Chase page 9-25, Kevin Smith 6-23, Seth Barrett 3-7, Adam Schneberger 3-5.
PASSING — Pur: Page 4-11-0 78 yards, Barrett 2-3-0 19 yards, Schneberger 1-2-0 22 yards.
RECEIVING — Pur: Jake Farrow 1-66, Kevin Smith 3-31, Dillon Lack 2-29.
El Reno 13,Noble 8
NOBLE — Homecoming didn’t go so well in Noble Friday.
The Bears dropped their first district game of the season and fell to 0-4 thanks to a 13-8 loss to El Reno.
“We didn’t tackle very well,” Noble coach Ray Crawley said. “We didn’t tackle anybody in the first half.”
The Bears gave up 13 points in the first quarter, and struggled offensively the rest of the game. They amassed only 22 yards of offense: 7 passing and 15 rushing.
Noble’s only score came in the fourth quarter when Breland Speaks returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown, then ran in the two-point conversion.
“They took a lot more snaps than we did, and we killed ourselves,” Crawley said. “We couldn’t block them. We just can’t get it to click. We tried spreading it out and trying that stuff early, we just couldn’t block them.”
The big bright spot for the Bears was defensive tackle Colby Whitlock, who had five sacks, caused two fumbles, blocked a field goal and recorded 12 tackles.
El Reno 13, Noble 8
El Reno 13 0 0 0 — 13
Noble 0 0 0 8 — 8
First Quarter — El Reno: Adrian Hartfield 30 pass from Cory Powell (Alex Williams kick). El Reno: Alex Weaver 48 punt return (kick missed).
Fourth Quarter — Noble: Breland Speaks 85 interception return (Speaks run).
First Downs 6 3
Rushing yards 41-57 23-15
Passing yards 108 7
Total offense 165 22
Passing 3-10-2 3-8-1
Fumbles lost 3-2 3-2
Punting 3-104 7-290
Penalties N/A N/A
RUSHING — El Reno: C.J. Raney 8-14; Cory Comer 3-(-8); Powell 30-51. Noble: Speaks 8-30; T.J. Toffey 7-6; Marcus Nasmeyer 9-3; Chad Davidson 9-(-24).
PASSING — El Reno: Powell 3-10-1 108. Alex Weaver. Noble: Tettleton 8-18-2 162.
RECEIVING — El Reno: Weaver 1-54; Adrian Hartfeld 1-30. Noble: Brandon McElhaney 2-9; Rowdy McDaniel 1-(-2).
By Scott Moore and Jeff Johncox
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