Despite coming out a little slow, the Marceline Tigers went on to dominate Harrisburg on Friday night at Chester Ray Stadium. Friday was also senior night.
The Tigers finished their regular season 8-1 with the 49-0 victory, and Harrisburg falls to a dismal 1-8 entering district play.
After Harrisburg took six minutes off the clock to begin the game, the Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs and Marceline awakened. The Tigers scored 28 points in the second quarter and gave themselves an opportunity to play some younger guys most of the way in the second half.
"We started a little slow, and I think part of that was the boys not having school on Friday," Marceline coach Mark Ross said. "We really got things going in the second quarter. The pass game was good, and the run game was good. We pulled most of the starters at half, and the second half spoke to how far along the young guys have come. It was a good all-around night for the boys."
Marceline quarterback Chase Billups completed 10 of his 12 pass attempts for 142 yards. Alex McCauslin, the junior probably waiting in the wings for the position next year, also completed a pair of passes on three attempts for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Cullen Bruner's 12 rushes for 78 yards led the team, but Clayton Stallo's four rushes for 71 yards resulted in three touchdowns. Ten different Tigers had at least one carry, and six notched at least a single reception.
McCauslin led the way with four receptions for 48 yards.
Impressively, 22 Tigers recorded at least a single tackle.
Ross said he likes the complexion of his team moving toward postseason play next week, and that his guys will be ready to strap it on as the season becomes do-or-die every week from here.
"These guys are confident going into district, and we'll take it one game at a time," Ross said. "We'll come back this week and get focused, and we'll be ready to roll."
Marceline earned the second seed in the district, and will host two-win Maysville on Friday.