When the Westran Hornets roll into Marceline on Friday night, it will be a rematch of the closest game of the Tigers' undefeated season.
Though Marceline held a two-touchdown lead in the first half of the first iteration of this year's home-and-home between the two schools, Westran stormed back late to bring the final score back within just three points at 25-22. The Hornets were unable to recover an onside kick in the final minute of the game that could have salvaged its evening on October 6.
Last Friday, Westran avenged its only other loss of the season by thrashing Fayette 40-8 at the Falcons' place.
Marceline coach Greg Hough looks forward to the opportunity to see how his team has progressed in the month since the two teams faced one another.
"I want to play this game, because I feel like I put our kids in a bad situation with bad play calling as the offensive coordinator (in week eight)," Hough said after discovering that last week's result out of Fayette went final. "They're probably one of the most prepared and best-coached teams that we see. They do a great job of scheming, of finding what you do and taking that away.
"Coach (Lance) Massey, I've coached against him my whole career since I started at Carrolton. He's got a lot of film on me, he knows what I like to do, and he'll have his kids ready to play. The team that doesn't turn the ball over and plays assignment/alignment football will win the district championship. What more could you want at this point?"
On defense, the Tigers' biggest concerns will be do-it-all quarterback Alex Young and a pair of big, talented receivers. Though Young will predominantly run the football, 6'2" Chris Evans and 6'4" Avery Hammond, both seniors, present great threats out wide against a Marceline secondary missing Trey Hamilton.