Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Tigers Pounce on Putnam

  • The Marceline Tigers hosted the Putnam County Midgets on Friday night at Chester Ray Stadium. This was a final non-conference game before Marceline begins their Lewis and Clark Conference schedule this Friday night.
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  • The Marceline Tigers hosted the Putnam County Midgets on Friday night at Chester Ray Stadium. This was a final non-conference game before Marceline begins their Lewis and Clark Conference schedule this Friday night.  
    The Midgets won the toss, and deferred to the second half. The opening kickoff was downed at the Tigers 26 yard line. A run by Blake Belzer, and a penalty against Putnam would set up Dakota Lewis on the halfback pass to Dan Corbin for a 67-yard touchdown, and the game’s opening score. Isaac Smith added the point-after.  
    Q1 10:51 - Putnam County 0   Marceline 7
    The Midgets would come out and drive on the Black Rage defense,   taking eight plays to travel 79 yards to get on the board. The touchdown came on a 51-yard touchdown run. The conversion was no good, with Trevor Hamilton making the stop.  
    Q1 6:30 - Putnam County 6   Marceline 7
    The teams both went three-and-out on their next possessions. The defensive stand for Marceline featured a tackle for a loss by Lewis, and a tipped punt for Lewis as well. Marceline started their possession on the Midgets 48.  
    After an incomplete pass and a short run, Belzer broke off a long run to reset the down marker at the Putnam 28. On the next play, Belzer took it to the four, and would take it to the house from there on the next carry. Smith added the point-after.  
    Q1 1:24  - Putnam County 6   Marceline 14
    The Midgets took the ensuing kickoff, and returned it 83 yards for a touchdown. A desperation heave to avoid a sack found a receiver for the two-point conversion.  
    Q1 1:06 - Putnam County 14   Marceline 14
    Belzer broke off a 28-yard run to take the pigskin to the Midgets 38 on first down. Belzer and Lewis would combine on another first down to bring the opening quarter to a close with another first down at the 28.  
    Lewis and Belzer would take three runs to get the ball to the 11 for another first down. After a short run, Belzer went to the house from 10 yards out. Smith added the point-after.  
    Q2 9:30 - Putnam County 14   Marceline 21
    Putnam would go three-and-out on their next drive. The snap on the punt was muffed, and the duo of Trey King, Jared Best would smash the punter at the 22.  
    A pair of short runs by Belzer would set up the touchdown pass from Linebaugh to Lewis. The strike came from 18 yards out. The extra point was no good.  
    Q2 6:05 - Putnam County 14   Marceline 27
    The teams would exchange possessions for the remainder of the half. Defensively, the Tigers got a sack out of Cade Ewigman, and a first down on offense with a pass from Linebaugh to Lewis.  
    Page 2 of 2 - Halftime - Putnam County 14   Marceline 27
    Putnam went three-and-out on their opening possession of the second half, thanks in-part to a forced fumble by Linebuaugh that they would recover for a loss.  
    Linebaugh and Lewis would both break off long runs to get deep into Midgets territory. A horsecollar penalty would move the pigskin inside the 10. Belzer and Linebaugh got the ball to the one, where Belzer scored his third touchdown. Linebaugh found Lewis for the conversion pass.  
    Q3 7:42 - Putnam County 14   Marceline 35
    Putnam would drive on their next possession, but an Intentional Grounding penalty, combined with a fourth down pass deflection by Cade Ewigman, would turn the ball over on downs at the Marceline 32.  
    The Tigers would score the game’s final points on their next drive. After a penalty backed them up, Linebaugh sprinted for a 54-yard gain to the Putnam 26. Two runs from Lewis set up Duane Avila for a 15-yard touchdown run. Smith added the point-after.  
    Q3 52.5 - Putnam County 14   Marceline 42
    Marceline would play one more series with their starting defense, and then give the JV Tigers a chance at the field. In the end, Marceline won this game by 28 points.  
    “We have been working really hard,” said senior Cade Ewigman, who was a defensive standout in this game. “There is still room for improvement, but if we keep going, we can be a really good team.”
    These sentiments were echoed by Belzer, who scored a multitude of touchdowns in the game. “This win gives is motivation and self-confidence heading into our Conference schedule,” said Belzer.  
    Looking at the LCL’s stats: the Tigers had 20 first downs to Putnam’s eight. Marceline had 419 total yards, as opposed to Putnam’s 180.  
    “We bounced back from last week’s disappointing loss,” said Head Coach Paul Thomas. “Now we can get ready for our Conference opener against Salisbury. They are a good football team, so that will be a tough game.”
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