The Marceline Tigers ensured that Salisbury wouldn't be picking up its first win of the year at Chester Ray Stadium on Friday, dashing past the Panthers 59-6 to remain undefeated at 7-0.
The Tigers jumped out to a quick 35-0 lead before Salisbury completed a long touchdown pass in the waning moments of the first half for the only noise the Panthers were able to make on the evening.
"That was just laziness, to be really honest," Marceline coach Greg Hough said. "That's man-to-man technique, and that's something we work on every single day in practice. It was complacency, and it jumped up and bit us. We can't shy away from the fundamentals, between penalties and muffing punts. The second that you do, you give up a big touchdown like that."
Marceline's offense was balanced on Friday evening, rushing for 270 and passing for 255. In the past handful of weeks, Hough has admittedly experimented with his team's ability to move the ball through the air, and challenged his offense to do so.
Rylan Chrisman led the ground game with 172 yards on 17 carries, and penetrated the plane twice, including a 97-yard rumble.
Levi Terrell and Clayton Stallo were Chase Billups' favorite receivers, hauling in four balls apiece for a respective 104 and 47 yards. Hunter Teeter also had a receiving touchdown on the day.
John Stelplugh was again a defensive force in the trenches, finishing with a team-high seven total tackles.
"We tried to play at a quicker tempo on Friday night, and that's something we can use to our advantage later on," Hough said. "It's something that we've practiced, and it allows us to get our conditioning in while we practice. In doing that, though, we had some mental mistakes, and as we get down the road, we can't put ourselves in those situations."
Marceline travels to Huntsville to face 6-1 Westran on Friday.