For the first time since 2015, Marceline dropped a regular season football game.
The Tigers travelled to Fayette on Friday night and were bested 14-9. Friday evening also marked the first time this decade that Fayette has defeated the Tigers.
"They had a good defensive game plan going in," Marceline head coach Mark Ross said following his first loss at the helm. "They did a lot of things that were uncharacteristic, and they did a good job of keeping us uncomfortable offensively, and that was our major downfall. There were a couple of times when the ball could have bounced either way, and that changes the flow of a game."
The Tigers allowed a 58-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and Fayette carried an 8-0 lead into the halftime break.
Marceline's two scores came in the third quarter. Quarterback Chase Billups punched a short rush into the endzone, and Cullen Bruner knocked down a field goal from 24 yards out.
A fourth-quarter fumble recovered by Fayette set up the game's final score.
Marceline was unable to get anything going on the ground Friday night, finishing with just 17 net yards on 29 rush attempts. Bruner's 15 carries were good for just 24 yards.
Clayton Stallo finished as Billups' only target to haul in more than one pass, finishing with 75 yards on seven receptions. He also recorded nine total tackles.
Colby Sims led the Tigers defensively with 13 tackles.
Fayette's rushing attack was in full swing on Friday night. The Falcons finished with 251 yards on 49 carries, including workhorse Isaiah Estes rushing for 122 yards on 22 attempts.
The Tigers fall to 3-1 while Fayette improves to 4-0. Marceline travels to Paris on Friday.
"We never really settled in and got the ball rolling," Ross said. "We had to move some guys around due to injury, and that bit us a little bit. We're working on that this week, so if that situation ever occurs again, we'll be ready for it."