Marceline has a special opportunity on Friday night to not only complete a perfect regular season, but to do so for a second consecutive year.
The 8-0 Tigers travel to face a 2-5 Harrisburg team on Friday night with victories over only Salisbury and Missouri Military Academy. Harrisburg cancelled a game two weeks ago versus Fayette following a community tragedy, and will finish its regular season with only eight games played.
Marceline coach Greg Hough said that with wet conditions after school the past few days, the Tigers have had extra time to check some film both areas on which they must improve, as well as trends to look for in this Friday's game.
"We've not only evaluated ourselves from the Westran game and worked through some of that stuff as a team and a coaching staff, but when we watch film on Harrisburg we see that they have some good athletes," Hough said. "We've got to really do our job and rally-tackle, and make sure that those kids don't have an opportunity to go off."
Hough said that Harrisburg will predominantly feature a spread offense, which is a switch that the Bulldog coaching staff made mid-season in order to take full advantage of the athletic threat quarterback Cade Combs presents.
"It'll be an offense we can prepare pretty easily for with our scout team, and we can focus on what we need to do to stop them," Hough said. "Honestly, they like to do a lot of the same things we do."
Defensively, Harrisburg will run a 3-3 stack, similar to what Marceline's junior varsity team likes to do. Again, Hough said that this should make his football team more prepared when it hits the road on Friday night in week nine.