The Marceline football team took care of business in its final competition before win-or-go home district play begins this Friday. The Tigers stormed into Harrisburg and remained perfect in dominant fashion, walking away from their final regular-season game the 62-0 victors over the two-win Bulldogs.
After Trey Hamilton's season came to a close in practice last week after a devastating knee injury, the Tigers were forced to make adjustments in all three phases of the game in order to fill the void left by his absence. Coach Greg Hough will still be tinkering with up to the beginning of the postseason this week.
"We had to make some adjustments," the second-year Tiger coach said. "We felt like we had some kids step up and do well, and we feel like we still played with some tempo and played balanced football. We kind of took a step back due to injury this past week, I would necessarily it's a negative step, but we've got to get other kids prepared because Trey took a lot of snaps.
"I thought that Friday night, we played four of our most complete quarters. We executed well offensively and defensively. We stilled made some mistakes that we need to fix, and the last couple of weeks we've added some things defensively like linebacker stunts."
The Tigers finished the evening with 528 total yards, including 179 yards and five touchdowns on fifteen attempts by Rylan Chrisman. Chase Billups slung the rock for 162 yards on 18 throws, and Levi Terrell finished with 88 yards receiving on three grabs, one of which a 55-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown. Trevor Ganaway was a stalwart on the defensive line, closing the evening with seven total tackles, five of them solo.
Marceline's unblemished regular-season run earns them the top seed in the district, and the Tigers will host winless Salisbury in a week seven rematch on Friday night.