Class 3A’s second-ranked Seminole, despite fumbling the ball away twice in the red zone, laced together a five-possession first-half scoring streak that ultimately translated into a 59-7 first-round playoff romp of Marlow's Outlaws Friday night.
Were it not for an 11-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter, Marlow would have been staring right in the face of a playoff shutout. Class 3A’s second-ranked Seminole, despite fumbling the ball away twice in the red zone, laced together a five-possession first-half scoring streak that ultimately translated into a 59-7 first-round romp of the Outlaws Friday night. Although pleased with the win, head coach Mike Snyder was not pleased with the turnover ratio. “I was a little disappointed in our first half; we didn’t get those two on the scoreboard we fumbled,” said Snyder, whose Chieftains are now 10-0 and set to host Plainview in next week’s second round. Snyder said his crew has “been able to find the right gear to win” throughout the season, but he didn’t feel they were in high gear Friday night. And the competition will only get stiffer. “We’re going to have to switch gears from here on,” Snyder added. Seminole ended the night with four fumbles, three of which were recovered by the Outlaws. The first came on the opening drive of the contest as the Chieftains faced a second-and-3 at the Marlow 4-yard line. They coughed up the ball in the red zone again late in the second quarter — this time from second-and-goal at the Marlow 2. The Outlaws fumbled the ball twice on the night — losing just one — and quarterback Wakley Bergner was picked off once. Looking beyond the turnovers, Seminole had a more than impressive night all around. The Chieftain offense had a 500-plus outing with 407 rushing yards and 132 passing yards, and those passing yards were all in the first half as Doc Harvey went 5-for-8 without a pick. One toss, a 39-yarder to Xavier Freeman, went for a TD and a 39-0 Seminole lead with 6:52 to go in the second quarter. Seminole generated 273 first-half rushing yards as Trenton Newson led the charge. The 5-11, 180-pound senior picked up 155 yards and two scores on 16 totes. Junior Papi White added 113 yards and two rushing TDs on eight carries, and he contributed a 71-yard punt return that gave the Chieftains a 45-0 halftime cushion. Seminole’s reserves took the field in the second half. Sophomore Kasey Quillin scored twice for the Chieftains — from 3 yards out in the third quarter and from 1 yard out in the fourth quarter. The Outlaws, who end the season at 4-7, were held to just 50 rushing yards on the night. Bergner completed 14 of 23 passes for 111 yards. Plainview, after dispatching Newcastle 53-17 in the first round, will come to Seminole next week with a 9-2 record.