The Marceline Tigers traveled to Queen City on Friday night, looking for retribution from a loss last season. The Black Rage football team came out on fire, and did not let up on their opponents throughout the night.
Blake Belzer kicked off to start the game after the Tigers won the toss. Daniel Corbin and Duane Avila had tackles for a loss, then the Adams earned a first down. Dakota Lewis and and Daniel Haas had tackles for a loss, then Schuyler earned a second fresh set of downs. Eventually, the Rams would be forced to punt, and Lewis would return it to his own 10 yard line.
Lewis gained 19-yards on first down to start things for Marceline’s offense on the right foot. Belzer and Lewis combined on two rue for another first down at the Schuyler 40. From here the scoreboard was lit up thanks to a 60-yard touchdown run by Belzer. Isaac Smith added the point-after to,sake it 7-0 early.
Q1 5:25 - Marceline 7 Schuyler County 0
Schuyler went three-and-out on their next possession. The series featured sacks by Dylon Ewigman, Trey King and Haas. Marceline took over after a punt return from Blake Linebaugh and a penalty that left the, at their own 41. On the second pay of the drive, Linebaugh found Corbin for a 44-yard touchdown pass. Smith added the point-after to add to the Tigers lead.
Q1 2:34 - Marceline 14 Schuyler County 0
The Rams gained one first down on their next drive, but would eventually be forced to punt to start the second quarter. The punt was downed at the Marceline 47.
Lewis would break off a 44-yard run to the Schuyler nine yard line to set up another Marceline score. A pair of penalties held the Tigers back from the end zone for a little while, but eventually Belzer would punch through the defense for the score. Smith added the point-after.
Q2 9:59 - Marceline 21 Schuyler County 0
Schuyler’s offense would net a first down on the next drive, but a sack by Lewis for a 13-yard loss would force another punt. Linebaugh took this punt all the way home, with a 60-yard touchdown return. Smith would again add the point-after.
Q2 7:33 - Marceline 28 Schuyler County 0
The Black Rage defense would force another three-and-out on the e suing possession, with tackles for a loss coming from Belzer, Avila and King. Cade Ewigman would have a sack for a loss as well.
Lewis would returns the punt to the Rams 44, where Linebaugh would run it on first down to the house for a score. The extra point was no good.
Page 2 of 2 - “It felt good, and was the first one of those I have ever had,” said Linebaugh. “The line got some good blocks for me, and really made the play happen.”
Q2 5:09 - Marceline 34 Schuyler County 0
Schuyler would again be forced into a three-and-out with tackles for a loss coming from Haas, Lewis, Cade Ewigman and Dylon Ewigman. The punt was fair-caught by Linebaugh at his own 35.
Lewis nearly grabbed a first down with a nine-yard rush to start the next drive. Linebaugh nearly scored on a 38-yard run that got the ball inside the Rams red zone. Linebaugh found Trevor Hamilton on the next play for an 18-yard touchdown pass. Smith added the point-after.
Q2 2:00 - Marceline 41 Schuyler County 0
Haas recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff at the Schuyler 32 yard line to give the ball right back to the Tigers. After a short loss, Linebaugh connected with Avila for a 35-yard touchdown pass. Smith added the point-after.
Q2 1:06 - Marceline 48 Schuyler County 0
Marceline began phasing their JV players into the game at this point. The game cruised into the halftime break with little noise.
Halftime - Marceline 48 Schuyler County 0
The second half would go by quickly under the eye of the mercy clock. The Tigers JV offense would use the entire third quarter on one long drive.
The fourth and final quarter would go by with the Rams also putting in their second team players, while the Tigers played every available player on the sideline.
A late snap over the head of the Schuyler County punter would sail out of the end zone for the game’s final points. The safety on the play drew the game to its ultimate conclusion.
Final - Marceline 50 Schuyler County 0
“Our kids are improving and we played well tonight,” said Head Coach Paul Thomas. “We got on them early, and that’s the way it went. Our kids continued to pay hard throughout the game, though.”
Statistically, Marceline dominated the game to mirror the domination on the scoreboard. The Tigers had 16 first downs, gained 318 rushing yards, gained 105 passing yards, and held the Rams to under 20 yards of total offense for the game.
“We have been waiting a year for this,” said Haas. “We were very motivated for this game as a team, and really wanted this one.”