The Marceline Tigers marched into the stadium of a single-win Schuyler County Rams team on Friday night, and after an early turnover on a bad decision by quarterback Chase Billups, they made short work of the home team.
The Tigers remain perfect and improve to 6-0 on the season.
Tiger coach Greg Hough would call his team still far from perfect, however.
"We had flashes that we were really good offensively, and we had some times when we made small mistakes," Hough said. "We missed some blocks at the second and third level in the run game, but for the most part, we did some good things.
"We gave up a couple of long completions, but our defensive line did a good job of dominating the trenches. Overall, I thought our kids played okay, but there's definitely room for improvement."
After Billups' early interception, the Tigers managed to manufacture a 34-point lead by the end of the first 24 minutes of play. Marceline scored just one touchdown in the second half, but the junior varsity cast was on the field for most of that duration.
Senior receiver Trey Hamilton had a spectacular night, finishing with four receptions, each of them for a touchdown, and 117 yards. Clayton Stallo was also favored by Billups in a 9-of-14 performance, reeling in four passes for 83 yards.
It was business as usual for Rylan Chrisman, who amassed 125 yards on 16 carries. Hunter Teeter rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including breaking off a 39-yard scamper.
"We were getting eight-plus yards a play," Hough said, "but I think we can turn those eight-plus yards into bigger plays if we get some blocking at the second and third level."
Marceline converted 16 first downs on Friday night, and held Schuyler to just five.
The Tigers' game next Friday is a home bout. Winless Salisbury comes to town for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Chester Ray Stadium.