Marceline's football team had no problem with Westran on Friday night, defeating the Hornets 36-0 in Huntsville.
The Tigers recorded a pair of defensive touchdowns and forced five turnovers in total against Westran's young corps.
"Defensively, we had a huge day," Marceline head coach Mark Ross said. "Some of our pressure played into our hands, and we were able to do what we wanted to do."
When the heavy runs and traps up the middle ceased working, Westran elected to throw the football.
That played right into Marceline's hands and forced the Hornets to make a freshman chuck the ball into the Marceline secondary.
Marceline sophomore Wyatt Molloy both recovered a fumble for a touchdown and recorded a safety.
With the victory, the Tigers only need to beat Harrisburg next week to become Lewis & Clark Conference champions. Even with a loss and a Scotland County win, Marceline would still split the L&C title pot.
"In my mind, we had a huge defensive night, and that's what we needed to see," Ross said. "It all starts with us bringing the pressure and putting the other team into bad situations.
"They had a lot of young guys making mistakes that ultimately put them in bad positions. It's refreshing to see how capable we are of capitalizing on those mistakes on the road. Hopefully, we can play a lot of games at home."
Westran falls to 2-6, and the Tigers are 7-1.