In a homecoming game that saw literally every member of the Marceline Tigers football team take the field, the alumni in attendance got quite the show Friday night in a blowout win at Chester Ray Stadium. This win snapped a two game losing streak for Marceline, and earned the team a big win in the Lewis and Clark Conference.
Marceline went on defense first, and scored to basically open the game on a pick-six from Blake Linebaugh. This 40-yard touchdown was the first of six in the opening quarter. Isaac Smith added the point-after.
Q1 11:45 - Fayette 0 Marceline 7
Fayette did not take the ensuing kickoff. Instead, it was recovered by Dakota Lewis at the Falcons 36. A trio of runs from Blake Belzer, including a 31-yard run for the score, would put the Tigers in the end zone. Smith added the point-after.
Q1 10:32 - Fayette 0 Marceline 14
After a Fayette three-and-out, the Tigers took over again on offense. A long pass from Linebaugh to Jared Best would set up two runs from Lewis for the next score. The touchdown came on a nine-yard run. Smith again added the point-after.
Q1 8:16 - Fayette 0 Marceline 21
Fayette again went three-and-out on their next drive. However, Belzer blocked the punt, which was recovered by Anthony Steffes at the Falcons nine yard line. Belzer used one play to score yet again for the Tigers. Smith added the point-after.
Q1 6:43 - Fayette 0 Marceline 28
Fayette again went nowhere on offense on the next drive. A combination sack from Belzer and Trey King helped end their drive.
Marceline drove the field on their next drive, with runs from Belzer, Lewis, and Linebaugh. The score came on a one-yard dash from Linebaugh. Smith added the point-after.
Q1 2:30 - Fayette 0 Marceline 35
The Falcons again went three-and-out, with an unneccessary facemask penalty on the punt giving the Tigers even better positioning.
Linebaugh found Best through the air again. This set up Belzer for a three-yard touchdown run. Smith got the kicking workout, adding another point-after.
Q1 40.3s - Fayette 0 Marceline 42
Best tackled the Falcons receiver on the kickoff at the Fayette four yard line. After Duane Avila stuffed the run on first down to end the opening quarter, the tandem of Dylon Ewigman and Belzer combined for a safety on the second play of the new frame.
Q2 11:16 - Fayette 0 Marceline 44
The penalty kick was returned by Avila deep into Falcons territory. Another facemask on Fayette, against Lewis for the second time, would put the pigskin at the one yard line. After a penalty against Marceline, Lewis punched it in from six yards out for the final varsity score of the contest. Smith added the point-after.
Page 2 of 3 - Q2 10:53 - Fayette 0 Marceline 51
The varsity defense had one last drive in them, forcing another three-and-out. The Marceline JV offense took over at the Falcons 44 for their first drive.
Three runs from Best set up Isaya Dorrell for his first varsity touchdown. The score came on an 11-yard run. Smith added his final point-after of the game.
Q2 8:08 - Fayette 0 Marceline 58
Fayette got a first down for the first time all game, this time against the Marceline JV defense. But tackles by Walter Anthony and Alex Cupp helped end the drive.
On the ensuing drive, runs from Cupp and Bryce Jobson matriculated the football down the field. The Tigers JV scored on a four-yard run from Jobson. Dylan Wheeler added the point-after.
Q2 2:44 - Fayette 0 Marceline 65
Tackles on the ensuing Fayette drive came from Andrew Edgar, Nathan Wright, Brady Stallo, and Nick Lodder. A pair of kneel-downs by Edgar would end the first half.
Halftime - Fayette 0 Marceline 65
The second half would be fought under the mercy clock. Marceline fumbled away the opening kickoff of the second half. Fayette finally got on the board against the future Black Rage players, scoring on a 14-yard run. Their conversion run was also good.
Q3 7:18 - Fayette 8 Marceline 65
The teams would exchange possessions for the remainder of the speedy third quarter. Marceline’s JV featured runs from Cupp, Wright, and Dorrell. Defensively, Marceline would get a sack from the combination of Jordan Elam and Cory Hilsabeck.
The Tigers final scoring drive came after Marceline recovered a Fayette fumble at the Falcons nine yard line. A short run from Lane White set up Cupp for the 11-yard scoring run. Wheeler added the point-after.
Q4 4:06 - Fayette 8 Marceline 72
The Falcons reserves, who had been in for a while at this point, came through with a kick return touchdown on the ensuing play. The returner covered 75 yards to earn another Falcons score. The conversion was no good.
Q4 3:55 - Fayette 16 Marceline 72
The teams exchanged possessions to bring this massive blowout to a close. Marceline picked up a huge Homecoming win.
Final - Fayette 16 Marceline 72
“We got everyone in tonight,” said Head Coach Paul Thomas. “I am proud of the team. It’d been a rough couple of weeks. We needed a win, and the team performed well tonight.”
Page 3 of 3 - The Black Rage defense allowed only 26 yards of total offense from Fayette in this one. While the Marceline offense put up 346 yards of total offense. Considering that Marceline used 10 different running backs in the game, this is an even more amazing statistic.
“It was amazing out there,” said Trey King. “We dominated on the line, and conrolled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. We did a lot of work in hoggie-land in practice this week that we know will help us down the line.”