The Marceline Tigers football team has been on quite a roll since their win over Lewis and Clark Conference rival Westran, and are blazing a trail through the back half of their schedule. Friday night, the Black Rage football team traveled to Slater for their final game of the regular season, knowing that win, lose, or draw, they would rematch their LCC foe in week one of District’s.
Slater went three-and-out to start the game, and Marceline took over. The Tigers looked to have a touchdown on a 15-yard run by Dakota Lewis, but a holding flag took the points off the board. Two plays later, Blake Linebaugh found Lewis for the 26-yard aerial score. The extra point was no good.
Q1 5:14 Marceline 6 Slater 0
Slater would earn a first down on the ensuing drive, but the Tigers would force and recover a fumble to get the ball back. The Tigers drove as the quarter ticked down, and with 21 seconds left in the opening salvo, Blake Belzer scored on fourth down from two yards out. Linebaugh connected with Lewis for the conversion pass.
Q1 21s Marceline 14 Slater 0
Slater would open the second quarter by driving on the Black Rage defense. The Wildcats would reach the Tigers 28, but the tenacious defense of the Marceline team held through four downs. The Tigers would take over, and drove the field. Marceline would score again with 7:11 left in the half, on a Belzer touchdown run from eight yards out. The conversion was no good.
Q2 7:11 Marceline 20 Slater 0
Slater would make little noise on their next possession, and Marceline would take over. The Tigers drove again successfully, with Linebaugh finding Lewis to cap things off form two yards out. Belzer punched in the conversion run.
Q2 3:22 Marceline 28 Slater 0
Slater fumbled the ball away for the second time in the opening half. Marceline turned this turnover into a touchdown, as Linebaugh scored from 34 yards out on a quarterback draw. The extra point was no good.
Q2 1:03 Marceline 34 Slater 0
The score would remain the same at the half. In the third quarter, neither team scored. Slater fumbled the ball for the third time after a long drive. Marceline would stall once inside the Wildcats red zone at the 10 yard line.
Slater would score after a long drive that ended the third quarter. The drive saw two long conversions to keep the drive alive. The Wildcats opened the final frame with a three-yard touchdown run to get on the board. The conversion was no good.
Q4 11:34 Marceline 34 Slater 6
Page 2 of 2 - Slater onside kicked to Marceline, and Tucker Dunham scooped the pigskin up and scampered 48 yards to the house. Linebaugh found Belzer for the conversion pass. This activated the mercy clock, as the Black Rage football team held at least a 35-point lead in the final quarter.
Q4 11:07 Marceline 42 Slater 6
The Tigers scored late off of a nine-yard run by Belzer. Linebaugh connected with Brett McGlothlin for the conversion. This score secured the remainder of the game would stay under the mercy clock.
Q4 6:58 Marceline 50 Slater 6
The Tigers subbed in some of the younger players in this quarter, getting them some Varsity experience. This experience should prove useful to them, and the program, down the line. The Wildcats would get one final score on the board, running the reverse for 46 yards. The point-after was blocked.
Q4 4:26 Marceline 50 Slater 12
The Tigers won the game by the same score. This win helps secure the Tigers at least a share of the Lewis and Clark Conference Championship. This also makes five consecutive decades that the Black Rage football team has won a Conference Championship.