Marceline lost to East Buchanan 21-7 in the Class 1 state championship at Faurot Field Saturday. The Tigers trimmed the deficit to 21-7 late in the third quarter.
Eric Duick with call of Hunter Nelson’s score on KIRK and centralmoinfo.com. Marceline later reached the red zone twice, but both drives stalled. East Buchanan also forced a turnover on downs in the red zone in the first half. Tigers head coach Mark Ross offered his takeaways.
14-1 East Buchanan rushed for 233 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Trevor Klein produced 169 yards.
The Bulldogs limited KRES All-Star Hunter Nelson to 22 yards on 15 carries.
Quarterback Jacob Stallo completed 15 passes for 181 yards. Fellow senior Sam Gillman ended with seven catches. Mason Barnett paced the Tigers with nine tackles, and Gillman added an interception. Ross reflected on a senior class that won four league titles, three district championships, and appeared in two state semifinals, plus Saturday’s state championship.
Marceline finished 12-2.
Mark Ross Postgame Interview: