EDINA - The Marceline Tigers traveled to Edina for a Lewis and Clark Conference battle with the Knox County Eagles. The Tigers had a sizeable lead at the half, but opened things up big in the second half, winning 42-8.
“The fact that we left points on the field and penalties has to be cleaned up,” said Marceline head coach Greg Hough. “We are our own worst enemies. We had too many penalties and a sluggish second half, but we picked up the win.”
The Tigers offense was led by Dylan Wheeler with three rushing touchdowns, totaling 171 yards.
Wheeler noted that he felt a need to step up with teammate Brady Stallo only seeing limited action.
“We knew that Brady was an impact player, so I figured I had to step up and prove myself,” said Wheeler. “I wanted the ball, but we play as a team for Black Rage, and we go out and win.”
For Knox County, the lone score came from their speedy standout running back Noah Talton. Talton scored the Eagles lone touchdown, which came in the opening quarter with 4:52 left.
“Noah is a great player and had a great game in Week 1 and carried it into week two against a great Marceline team,” said Knox County head coach Alex VanDelft. “They were able to shut down anything we tried to do up the middle and play action-wise. We have to get better.”
Talton finished with 10 carries for 157 yards.
The Black Rage defense limited Knox County to nine total first downs and 187 total yards. The Tigers offense also had standout performances from Rylan Chrisman, who ran for 78 yards and one score, and added a 65-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Andrew Edgar.
Isaya Dorrell led Marceline with five tackles, DJ Gerhart had four, and Nathan Wright, Jordan Elam and Cameron Pickman each had three.
Now the Tigers head into the Bell Game. Hough noted that the Tigers early schedule is probably the hardest part of their season.
“Our schedule is front-loaded,” Hough said. “Scotland County, Knox County and we finally get to talk about Brookfield. We don’t look ahead, but it’s Bell Week. We have to get these kids right.”