In a recent interview, the Head Coach of the Paris Coyotes related how his offense had not been stopped, in his opinion, this season. The problem with a statement like that, is that his team had to host the Black Rage defense of the Marceline Tigers this past Friday night.
The only real mistake of the game for Marceline came on the opening kickoff, as the Tigers kicked the opening kickoff out of bounds. Paris earned a first down on the opening drive. But a sack from Cade Ewigman forced a fumble, that was recovered by Anthony Steffes.
Two runs from Blake Belzer set up the opening score of the game, as Dakota Lewis went 26 yards for the touchdown run. Isaac Smith added the point-after. With 9:48 remaining in the opening quarter, Marceline led Paris 7-0.
Paris saw their next drive stall after a second down sack by Trey King and Duane Avila. Marceline would turn the ball back over on a halfback pass that went awry.
Paris would gain two first downs on their ensuing possession. But a stuff by Belzer and Lewis would help force a punt.
Two runs from Belzer again set up Lewis for the game’s second score. Lewis took it to the house on a nine-yard run. Smith added the point-after. With 2:01 left in the opening frame, Marceline led 14-0.
Paris would go three-and-out on their next drive. A trio of runs by Belzer would reset the down marker, and bring the opening quarter to a close. On the second play of the second frame, Belzer took it to the end zone on a 42-yard run for the score. Smith added the point-after. With 11:08 remaining in the first half, Marceline led 21-0.
Paris earned one first down on their first possession of the second quarter. But a stuff by Cade Ewigman and Steffes helped shut them down.
The teams would exchange possessions, with the Tigers losing a fumble, on the next two drives. Marceline would bounce back on their third possession.
A 14-yard run by Lewis would find the end zone, after a long run by Belzer. The extra point was no good. With 6:51 left in the first half, Marceline led 27-0.
Paris drove the ball well on their next drive, threatening to score on the Black Rage defense. But a timely interception from Trevor Hamilton ended their drive. Hamilton was finally brought down at the Paris 14.
Five runs from Belzer would put another touchdown on the board for the Tigers. The score came on a two-yard run. The conversion pass fell incomplete. Late in the second quarter, Marceline led 33-0.
Page 2 of 2 - The Coyotes would sustain another long drive as the opening half drew to a close. But, they would not score. Marceline got the ball back on downs, and ran a few plays to end the opening half. At halftime, Marceline led 33-0.
The Tigers took the second half’s opening kick, and would score in three scant plays. Two runs from Belzer again set up Lewis for the score. The touchdown came on a 32-yard run. Belzer added the conversion on the ground. Early in the third quarter, Marceline led 41-0, activating the mercy clock.
Paris went three-and-out on their first possession of the second half. But a blocked punt by Cade Ewigman would be scooped up and scored by Dylon Ewigman for the game’s final points. Smith added the point-after. With 8:14 remaining in the third quarter, Marceline led 48-0.
After the end of the third frame, Marceline would get their JV offense some varsity experience. But, the Black Rage defense remained in tact, pitching a shutout for this Lewis and Clark Conference contest. Marceline won this game by a final score of 48-0.