Marceline's football team rebounded from a slow start last Friday, defeating Knox County 41-6 in Edina.

"We got scored on on their first drive just like we did in the first game (against Scotland County), and struggled to get going in the beginning of the second quarter," first-year Marceline coach Mark Ross said. "Shortly after that, we scored a couple of times and turned things on into the second half.

"The boys did a lot of things really well, but we still need to focus in on the finer details. They gave us a lot of options with the defense that we played, and they wanted to stop our run game."

The Tigers ran away with the game in the second half on the back of a zany Cullen Bruner performance. In total, junior Bruner finished with exactly 200 yards. One-hundred seven of them came on the ground on 14 carries, and Bruner tallied another 93 yards on seven receptions. Senior Desmond Harrison was the game's second most accomplished receiver with 47 yards on four receptions.

Senior quarterback Chase Billups finished 15-of-21 for 191 yards and four touchdowns. He threw no interceptions. Nick Cain caught one pass for 40 yards, and also had 69 yards on nine carries.

"We were able to pass a little bit more this week, and our pass protection was phenomenal," Ross said. "The line did a great job blocking up front, and that was nice to see. We picked up on some adjustments we made."

Marceline will have its first real litmus test of the season on Friday when it hosts Brookfield for the Bell Game. Though Brookfield has scored just six points in its first two games, the Bulldogs have held the two best teams in their conference to a combined 15.