Despite a rocky start at home against Maysville on Friday, the Marceline Tigers took care of business and found a way to take a commanding lead by the end of the first half.
Marceline defeated the Wolverines, 50-14, to advance to the second round of district play. The second-seeded Tigers, now 10-1, will host three-seed Gallatin on Friday night.
One of Maysville's two scores came on the opening drive before the Tigers were able to strap it on and lock in. The Wolverines led 8-7 entering the second quarter, but Marceline posted 22 points in the second to take a 29-8 halftime lead.
Maysville tacked on a second touchdown in the third quarter, but Marceline scored three early in the second half. The fourth quarter was scoreless.
"We definitely started a little bit slow," Marceline coach Mark Ross said. "We were trying to do some different things defensively to shut down some of their weapons. A big part was just getting a feel for everybody's assignment, but we got settled in and played a much better defensive game and got the offense going. We wanted to be aggressive and do some things to keep the ball out of their hands."
Clayton Stallo and Cullen Bruner both rushed for exactly 100 yards on Friday night. Stallo did so on eight carries, and Bruner toted the rock 20 times. Stallo was quarterback Chase Billups' favorite target on Friday, finishing with 92 receiving yards on five receptions.
Billups completed nine of his 16 pass attempts for 179 yards. Billups also recovered a fumble, and Bruner recorded an interception in the second quarter.
Colby Sims' 11 tackles led the Tigers.
"They did some things offensively, and there were times that they executed really well," Ross said. "They gave us some problems early on, and they're a well-coached team and good competition. The whole game, it felt like Maysville was one big play away from seizing some momentum and getting back into it. It never really felt out of reach."