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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Tigers Second in State; Team Ends Season With 11-4 Record

  • The Marceline Tigers football team has ended their 2013 season, and brought home hardware as the State Class 1A Runner-Ups. The Tigers magic pants fell to Valle Catholic who earned their record-tying 14th State Championship.
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      Official Stats
      Passing/Receiving

      Blake Linebaugh   6-12 64y 2Int

      Dakota Lewis   4r 39y

      Jared Best   2r 25y

      Rushing

      Blake Belzer   21c 49y

      Alex Cupp   5c 21y

      Nathan Wright   3c 11y

      Nate Florine   2c 6y

      Blake Linebaugh   5c 6y

      Tackles

      Anthony Steffes 8, Trevor Hamilton 6, Dalton Fisher 6, Duane Avila 6, Blake Linebaugh 4, Cade Ewigman 3, Dylon Ewigman 3, Blake Belzer 3, Dakota Lewis 3, Trey King 2, Jordan Elam 2, Jared Best 1
  • The Marceline Tigers football team has ended their 2013 season, and brought home hardware as the State Class 1A Runner-Ups.   The Tigers magic pants fell to Valle Catholic who earned their record-tying 14th State Championship.
    The Marceline defense started off strong, but had trouble containing the Warriors prolific offense. Valle scored on their opening drive on a 10 play, 65-yard drive.   The score came on a seven-yard touchdown run.   The point-after was good.
    The Tigers offense had problems with Valle’s line play all night, and faced three-and-out’s for the majority of the opening quarter.   The Black Rage defense did force a Warriors fumble on the second drive, which was recovered by Dakota Lewis.
    On their third possession, Valle scored on a five play, 28-yard drive.   The touchdown came on a 13-yard pass.   The point-after was good.
    To end the opening frame, the Tigers offense did earn a first down on a run by Blake Belzer, and a pass from Blake Linebaugh to Lewis.   But four plays later, the Tigers would be forced to punt.
    Valle would score on this drive, using four plays to cover 87 yards.   The score came on a 63-yard touchdown pass.   The point-after was again good.
    Marceline again earned a first down on their second possession of the second quarter.   The downs were reset on a pass from Linebaugh to Jared Best for a 20-yard gain.   The punt later in the drive was recovered by Isaac Smith, but the team was unable to take advantage of the turnover.
    The Warriors would score on their ensuing possession after taking over at their own 11 on downs.   A penalty against Valle would back them up to their 10 yard line.   But a 90-yard touchdown pass would put six more on the board.   The point-after was again good.
    The Tigers offense would go three-and-out.   Valle scored on their final possession of the first half on a three play, 65-yard drive.   The touchdown came on a 37-yard pass.   The point-after was good.   At the half, Marceline trailed Valle Catholic 35-0.
    Marceline went three-and-out to start the third quarter.   Valle would score the game’s final points on their first drive of the second half.   The Warriors drove 68 yards on eight plays, scoring on a four-yard run.   The extra point was blocked by Belzer.
    For the remainder of the mercy-clocked game, the teams would sub in many players to let them experience the Edward Jones Dome field.   The Tigers JV offense and defense featured carries by the Tigers of tomorrow:   Andrew Edgar, Alex Cupp, Nathan Wright, Dylan Wheeler, and even some carries for departing senior Nate Florine.
    Page 2 of 2 - Marceline ends their 2013 campaign with their first loss in 10 weeks, in the State Championship game for Class 1A, by a final score of 41-0.
    So the magic season is now over.   But for a team to come from a 3-3 start, and win nine games in a row, the Marceline Tigers certainly have a lot to hang their collective hats on from this season.
    “Our kids came from a 3-3 record, and took it upon themselves to get better every day in practice,” said Head Coach Paul Thomas.   “It means a lot to them and the community to come this far.   I know it is tough right now, but as I told them after the game, the sun will come up tomorrow, and they will soon realize how much it all meant.”
    For the group of departing seniors, who have played their last down of Black Rage football, having spent the last four years under Coach Thomas, to see it end at the dome is a bittersweet prize at the end of the day.
    “These seniors have set the bar high,” said Coach Thomas.   “They got in the weight room and did it the right way.   That is what I am most proud of.   The kids coming back have a lot to live up to because of this senior class.”
    Coach Thomas continued:   “It helped having such strong leadership from this group.   They really brought it every day, and are just outstanding.   I am glad to have had them for the last four years.   They have all come a long way, and have done a great job of leading us.”
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