The Marceline Tigers came into Friday night’s game against Fayette on the road off of a big upset win against Westran. A highlight win like that may set some teams up for an entire year’s worth of games...but not the Black Rage football team.
The Tigers scored in many ways, and gained over 150 more total yards than their Lewis and Clark Conference opponent on this night. This win leaves the Tigers in a tie for first in the LCC, with other teams bunched in at 2-1 on the season.
Early on, both teams exchanged three-and-out’s. On Fayette’s third possession, Austin Moudy scooped up a fumble and took it to the house for the game’s first touchdown. The extra point was no good, but Marceline still held the early lead.
Q1 3:02 Marceline 6 Fayette 0
Fayette again went three-and-out, with a fumbled snap putting the Tigers in good position at the Falcons 22. Dakota Lewis broke off a 14-yard run on first down to set Marceline up with a First and Goal. The Tigers would advance the ball to the one yard line, but an untimely fumble would turn the ball over at that same line.
Lewis and Moudy stuffed a pair of runs on the ensuing Fayette drive, and the Falcons were on their way to a three-and-out. The punt, though, landed in the hands of Lewis, who took the short kick back to the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown. This marks two kick return scores in as many weeks for Lewis. The conversion pass from Blake Linebaugh to Chase Hilsabeck was good.
Q2 9:59 Marceline 14 Fayette 0
Fayette went three-and-out again on their next drive, with a stop for a loss by Kelly. Marceline took over after the punt at their own 44.
A halfback pass from Lewis to Brett McGlothlin gained 38 yards for a Tigers first down at the Fayette 18. Blake Belzer followed this with a 10-yard run to the eight, setting up First and Goal. Four plays later, though, Marceline turned the ball over on downs at the one yard line.
Fayette gained their first fresh set of downs for the game with an 11-yard run. But, an interception by Lewis on the next play was taken back for a 22-yard score. The conversion pass from Linebaugh to Lewis was good.
Q2 4:41 Marceline 22 Fayette 0
Fayette was headed to another three-and-out, but a penalty on the Tigers gave them a fresh set of downs at the Tigers 45. A double-flag penalty against Fayette, combined with stops for a loss by Lewis, Duane Avila, Anthony Steffes, and Belzer would force another punt. Linebaugh returned the ball to his own 24.
Page 2 of 2 - A 17-yard pass from Linebaugh to Hilsabeck would put the pigskin at the two, but the Tigers would end the first half without the score.
Halftime – Marceline 22 Fayette 0
The teams exchanged three-and-out’s to start the second half. A 15-yard run by Belzer on second down kickstarted the Tigers offense on their second drive of the half. Three more runs from Belzer set up a 38-yard scoring run by Lewis, the first offensive score of the game for Marceline. The conversion pass was good from Linebaugh to Hilsabeck, with McGlothlin jumping on the ball afterward to make sure.
Q3 5:51 Marceline 30 Fayette 0
Fayette returned Kelly’s kickoff to their own 34, where they then took it to the house on a 66-yard touchdown run. The conversion run was no good.
Q3 5:28 Marceline 30 Fayette 6
The teams exchanged punts on the next two possessions, and with little time left in the third quarter, Marceline took over at the 50 yard line.
Three runs from Lewis earned a first down at the Fayette 38. Three more runs from Lewis later, he broke off for an 18-yard gain. Belzer took it from there for the game’s final score on a 15-yard dash. The conversion was no good.
Q4 10:07 Marceline 36 Fayette 6
The teams exchanged possessions for the remainder of the game, with neither team scoring again. An interception was reeled in late by McGlothlin.
Final – Marceline 36 Fayette 6
“It started out kind of bad for us offensively,” said Head Coach Paul Thomas. “Our special teams and defense came through and got some scores for us in the first half. We got the offense going in the second half, and scored some touchdowns. We are looking forward to this week.”