The Marceline Tigers' football team routed Scotland County on Friday night, leaving Memphis with its first win of the season in 45-3 fashion. Marceline would have had its second consecutive shutout against Scotland County had it not been for a field goal on the final play of the game.

"Defensively, we were sound up front," Marceline coach Greg Hough said. "We feel like we can put six guys out there and roll two defensive units. Offensively, I'd like to see us be able to establish the inside run. Last week in the jamboree, I didn't really test it, but tonight when we came in, I wanted to run the football. That's what we'll be known for by the end of the year."

Marceline won the coin toss and elected to receive, methodically moving the ball down field on its first drive and capping the possession with a 1-yard touchdown rush by senior captain Rylan Chrisman at the 10:50 mark -- his first score of four. Chrisman scored again on a 13-yard rumble six minutes later to give Marceline's Tigers a 14-point advantage over Scotland County's.

In the second quarter, Marceline quarterback, junior captain Chase Billups crossed the plane from one yard out with seven minutes remaining in the quarter. Hough said that Billups unofficially finished the evening 12-14 for 197 yards through the air.

"He's still got some growing to do, but we can add a dimension to our offensive with his ability to do some RPO (run/pass option) reads, and that's college-level stuff," Hough said.

One of the highlights of the night came as time expired in the first half when sophomore kicker Cullen Bruner tied the school record for longest field goal with a 43-yard blast.

"That's the first one we've made in a while," Bruner joked. "That was insane, I didn't know what to think. I wanted our offense to score, but we'll take it."

Bruner, also a staple of Marceline's defensive secondary, talked upon what his team was able to do to make Scotland County's passing game ineffective.

"We don't have a lot of size, but we have a lot of speed. That's what we beat people with."

After the Tigers forced a Scotland County punt, Chrisman scored from a yard out at the 5:45 mark in the third. Billups pounded it in from the two with fewer than 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter to push the score to 38-0 and force a running clock throughout the fourth.

Marceline's final score came with six-and-a-half minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when Chrisman broke the goal line on a six yard run.

Though the final score in week one brought elation to the Marceline faithful, Hough said that there is plenty left for his team to clean up, both mentally and fundamentally.

"We've got to get better on our (kickoff) coverage," Hough said. "That unit has got to get better. There's a lot of positives from this, but we had a lack of discipline. We had some uncharacteristic penalties, we've got to clean that up. We've got to protect the football."

Marceline lost the turnover battle two to zero Friday night.

Despite Coach's perceived shortcomings in Friday night's ballgame, the team has said since last week's jamboree that it intends to win a football game at the line of scrimmage, and Friday night it did just that.

All six of Marceline's touchdowns came on rushing plays, and senior captain Noah Wright said the team is mostly on track at such an early point in the season.

"Offensively, we had to get our heads right and get our blocks right, just play right," Wright said. "Defensively, we had to be aggressive and use our hands, get tackles in the backfield. We can fix some things, we had some penalties."

The Marceline Tigers' football team routed Scotland County on Friday night, leaving Memphis with its first win of the season in 45-3 fashion. Marceline would have had its second consecutive shutout against Scotland County had it not been for a field goal on the final play of the game.

"Defensively, we were sound up front," Marceline coach Greg Hough said. "We feel like we can put six guys out there and roll two defensive units. Offensively, I'd like to see us be able to establish the inside run. Last week in the jamboree, I didn't really test it, but tonight when we came in, I wanted to run the football. That's what we'll be known for by the end of the year."

Marceline won the coin toss and elected to receive, methodically moving the ball down field on its first drive and capping the possession with a 1-yard touchdown rush by senior captain Rylan Chrisman at the 10:50 mark -- his first score of four. Chrisman scored again on a 13-yard rumble six minutes later to give Marceline's Tigers a 14-point advantage over Scotland County's.

In the second quarter, Marceline quarterback, junior captain Chase Billups crossed the plane from one yard out with seven minutes remaining in the quarter. Hough said that Billups unofficially finished the evening 12-14 for 197 yards through the air.

"He's still got some growing to do, but we can add a dimension to our offensive with his ability to do some RPO (run/pass option) reads, and that's college-level stuff," Hough said.

One of the highlights of the night came as time expired in the first half when sophomore kicker Cullen Bruner tied the school record for longest field goal with a 43-yard blast.

"That's the first one we've made in a while," Bruner joked. "That was insane, I didn't know what to think. I wanted our offense to score, but we'll take it."

Bruner, also a staple of Marceline's defensive secondary, talked upon what his team was able to do to make Scotland County's passing game ineffective.

"We don't have a lot of size, but we have a lot of speed. That's what we beat people with."

After the Tigers forced a Scotland County punt, Chrisman scored from a yard out at the 5:45 mark in the third. Billups pounded it in from the two with fewer than 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter to push the score to 38-0 and force a running clock throughout the fourth.

Marceline's final score came with six-and-a-half minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when Chrisman broke the goal line on a six yard run.

Though the final score in week one brought elation to the Marceline faithful, Hough said that there is plenty left for his team to clean up, both mentally and fundamentally.

"We've got to get better on our (kickoff) coverage," Hough said. "That unit has got to get better. There's a lot of positives from this, but we had a lack of discipline. We had some uncharacteristic penalties, we've got to clean that up. We've got to protect the football."

Marceline lost the turnover battle two to zero Friday night.

Despite Coach's perceived shortcomings in Friday night's ballgame, the team has said since last week's jamboree that it intends to win a football game at the line of scrimmage, and Friday night it did just that. 

All six of Marceline's touchdowns came on rushing plays, and senior captain Noah Wright said the team is mostly on track at such an early point in the season.

"Offensively, we had to get our heads right and get our blocks right, just play right," Wright said. "Defensively, we had to be aggressive and use our hands, get tackles in the backfield. We can fix some things, we had some penalties."