See the game report from Chester Ray Stadium, and the Marceline Tigers home opener.
The Marceline Tigers took care of business on Friday night to advance to 2-0 on the season with a 61-0 win over Knox County. The Tigers took advantage of five Eagles turnovers, all of which turned into points, to send the Black Rage faithful home with a big win.
"We go into games with a 'respect all, fear none' mentality," said Tigers Head Coach Greg Hough. "We like to prepare, come out fast, and strike first. Early, we didn't have any big plays, but the kids had a great effort."
Hough continued: "We know we still have a lot to work on. We have to cause turnovers on defense. We didn't have any last week, and this week we had two defensive touchdowns."
Hough noted that the Eagles using a spread offense this week, which was vastly different than they had used all season long, took the team by surprise. But, the team relied on their fundamental training, and adjusted.
The Marceline offense would be led by Rylan Chrisman, who rushed for 209 yards on 19 carries, scoring five times. Perhaps the most memorable offensive play of the game came in the second quarter, when Trey Hamilton tipped a pass to Levi Terrell, who would score from 43 yards out.
Chase Billups would throw his first touchdown pass of the season on that play, and would end the contest going 6-9 for 125 yards in the air. Hunter Teeter would reel in three passes for 63 yards on the night.
Clayton Stallo and Teeter would both pick off errant Knox County passes, with Teeter returning one for a 71-yard score. Nathan Sayre would recover an Eagles fumble, and return it eight yards for a score as well.
The Black Rage defense would be led by Sayre with four tackles. Colby Sims, Noah Wright, Colton Jenkins, and John Stelplugh would add three stops each as well. The Tigers wold hold Knox County to 143 total yards of offense on the night.
The 2-0 Marceline Tigers head to Burlington Field for the annual Bell Game, where they will do battle with the Brookfield Bulldogs. Kickoff in the latest chapter of the battle for the eternal prize is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday night.