Marceline Finds Form in District Semifinal Win

Marceline defeated South Shelby 42-14 in the district semifinals at Marceline Friday. South Shelby scored on the game’s first possession, but Marceline countered with consecutive scores.

Eric Duick with the calls for Hunter Nelson and Jaxon Schmitt on KRES and Nelson later extended the lead to 21-6 with a minute and a half left in the second quarter. Head coach Mark Ross explained what changed for the Tigers’ defense after the first drive.

Tiger sophomore Conner Quinn also intercepted quarterback Trey Countryman. South Shelby head coach Adam Gunterman analyzed Marceline’s defensive response.

Cardinal Kendal Hammond provided a four-yard run, and Countryman found Cameron Wiseman on a 29-yard strike that trimmed the deficit to 35-14 inside three minutes. Countryman collected an unofficial 261 passing yards on 43 attempts. Ross’ Tigers answered with 400 total yards.

Nelson starred with 200 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries. Quarterback Jacob Stallo added 185 yards and a one-yard toss to Jace Bixenman. 9-1 Marceline hosts Highland in the district championship Friday. South Shelby finished 4-7 after Gunterman’s second season.

The Cardinals return their quarterback, running back, and leading receiver. Hear full postgame interviews with the coaches below.

Marceline coach Mark Ross:

South Shelby coach Adam Gunterman: