It seems like a long time since the Marceline Tigers have been involved in what could be called a competitive game. Starting at Homecoming, and continuing through this past week's District Quarterfinal game, the Tigers have decimated all foes in their path.
Braymer did open with a long pass for a first down, but would be forced to punt four plays later. The Black Rage defense saw stops for a loss from Blake Belzer and Duane Avila.
A long run by Blake Linebaugh would penetrate Braymer territory, and would set up Belzer for the game's opening score. The touchdown came from 20-yards out. Isaac Smith added the point-after. With 9:50 left in the opening quarter, Marceline led 7-0.
Braymer went three-and-out on the next drive, with a stop for a loss by Dakota Lewis. A trio of runs from Belzer on the ensuing possession would put Marceline in the end zone once again. This score came on an 18-yard run. The extra point was no good. With 7:44 left in the first quarter, Marceline led Braymer 13-0.
Braymer got a first down on their next drive. But an interception from Trevor Hamilton, returned to near midfield, would give the Tigers back the ball. Belzer took it to the house in one play, scoring from 47-yards out. The conversion pass from Linebaugh to Anthony Steffes was good. With 6:05 remaining in the first quarter, Marceline led 21-0.
On the very first play after the kickoff, Hamilton picked off another pass near midfield. Runs from Lewis and Belzer would set up another Marceline touchdown. The score came on a 28-yard run from Belzer. Smith added the point-after. With 4:43 left in the opening frame, the Tigers led the Bobcats 28-0.
Braymer again went three-and-out on their next drive. A key hit from Lewis on what would have been a complete pass helped stall this drive.
Long runs from Belzer and Lewis would put the Tigers offense at the one yard line. Braymer, to their credit, showed some fire and held for a few plays with their backs to the wall. But, Marceline would score on a Third and Goal play, as Lewis punched it in from seven yards out. Smith added the point-after. With 1:24 left in the first quarter, the Tigers led 35-0.
Braymer would earn a pair of first downs to bring the opening quarter to a close. But a sack by Steffes and Jesse Smith would be the final action of that frame. Hamilton picked off another pass to start the second quarter for the Black Rage defense.
Two runs from Belzer would get the Tigers out of their own end zone and to midfield. Runs from Linebaugh and Lewis would again reset the down marker. A run by Lewis, and a pass from Linebaugh to Lewis, would put the Tigers at the precipice of scoring. One play later, Belzer would score from four yards out. Smith added the point-after. With 8:32 remaining in the first half, the Tigers led 42-0.
Page 2 of 2 - Braymer would open their next drive with a pass for a first down. But a sack from Avila and Steffes, and a penalty, would put a stall on their drive. A penalty for ripping Linebaugh's helmet off on the punt would move the Tigers even closer to another score.
Two runs from Lewis, and one from Linebaugh, would set up Lewis for the one-yard touchdown run. Smith added the point-after once again. With 5:12 remaining in the second quarter, Marceline led Braymer 49-0.
Braymer would drive again on the ensuing possession, but a fourth pick from Hamilton would again end the threat deep in Marceline territory. Andrew Edgar would take the field with the JV offense, and run for a few yards to bring the first half to a close.
Marceline led Braymer 49-0 at halftime, which would activate the mercy clock in the entire second half once again. The Tigers would also get their JV players some varsity experience this week as well.
Alex Cupp would run each time for the Tigers in their first drive of the second half. While he gained on each play, a penalty would stall the drive and force a punt.
Braymer would earn a first down, but a sack from Jordan Elam would help end their drive. Three runs from Cupp brought the third quarter to a close. Five more runs from Cupp would put the Tigers JV into the end zone. The score came on a one-yard run from Cupp. The extra point was muffed and no good. With 9:03 left in the game, Marceline led Braymer 55-0.
Cupp would continue his excelent play, picking off an errant pass to end the next Braymer drive. Seven runs from Cupp would put the JV in the house once again, with the score coming on an eight-yard run by Cupp. Dylan Wheeler added the point-after. With 27 seconds left in the game, Marceline was on top 62-0.
Marceline would go on to win by the same margin, and advances to the District Semifinal game for the second season in a row to take on Salisbury. This will be a road game on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The Tigers lost to the Panthers in their first meeting 16-0, but were not at full strength at that time.