MARLOW — The Weber family name is well known across the Oklahoma football coaching community.
To those in Davis, it’s tradition. First, it was Joe Weber, who coached from 1988 to 2000 and won two state championships. Then one of Joe’s sons, Jody, took over for him and led the Wolves from 2001-17, winning two state titles and 193 games.
Now, Matt Weber has solidified his own tradition, just at another school.
Matt, in his second stint at Marlow, guided the Outlaws to the Class 2A title last month following a 17-13 victory against Washington in the championship game. Marlow finished 15-0 and captured the school’s first championship since 1964.
Weber is The Oklahoman’s 109th All-State football team’s Coach of the Year.
“We knew we had an opportunity to have a good team this year if we stayed healthy,” Weber said. “There were a lot of great teams in Class 2A, but we felt like we were one of them.”
Ranked outside of the preseason top 5, Marlow cruised into and through the playoffs and relied on star Jace Gilbert and a suffocating defense when it mattered most. The Outlaws were outgained by nearly 200 yards in the state championship game but forced three turnovers, including a game-clinching fumble recovery in the final minute.
For Weber, it was a culmination of a journey that ultimately led him back to the last team he guided to a state championship game.
Weber’s first stint at Marlow was from 2004-07. In the four years before he was hired, the Outlaws had gone 12-29. By Weber’s third season, the Outlaws pulled three consecutive upsets to get into the Class 3A state championship game.
After one more season, Ada came calling. One of the most successful football programs in state history, Matt accepted the offer. He was with the Cougars for seven years, making the playoffs each season.
But he couldn’t find the same success as he did in 2006 at Marlow. His best season in Ada ended at 12-1. He eventually left and went to Pauls Valley for three years, but that’s when Marlow came open again.
Marlow had the same administration, and they expressed interest in bringing back Weber.
That interest was mutual.
“Growing up a coach's kid, I moved around quite a bit,” Weber said. “I had two young kids who were coming up and didn’t want to continue to move around.”
Yet again, Marlow’s football program started to turn around. Last season, the Outlaws were 12-0 before being upset in the quarterfinals.
That sparked a big offseason. Coaches and players knew they had enough talent coming back to win it all this season, but that didn’t mean anything.
Marlow again cruised to a district title and into the semifinals, where a Eufaula team coming off consecutive upsets awaited. Thanks to a late score, Marlow won by double digits.
Then it was the state championship. Gilbert played fantastic. The defense came up strong numerous times.
On the first play, it came up with an interception. On the last play, it recovered a fumble.
In between, it was a culmination of Weber's coaching background and philosophies.
And after 18 years, he has his state championship.
“Sometimes kids set goals of wanting to be state champions, but it’s not realistic,” Weber said. “It was this year, and the kids put their money where their mouth was.”
Cameron Jourdan covers high school sports across the Oklahoma City metro and state. Have a story idea for Cameron? He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Cam_Jourdan. Support Cameron’s work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at subscribe.oklahoman.com or by using the link at the top of this page.
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