11-1 Marceline football hosts undefeated Hayti in the state semifinals on KIRK Saturday. Marceline head coach Mark Ross says the Tigers are grateful for home field advantage after a 2019 semifinal loss at Lincoln.
Marceline outlasted Fayette 21-20 last week after a 36-30 district championship win versus Highland. Hayti topped Monroe City 26-22 in the quarterfinals. Ross notes the Indians are loaded with speed.
Ross reveals the keys to victory.
Ross referenced Tray’von Thomas, who fueled Hayti’s 22-point quarterfinal comeback with a game-winning touchdown toss with 1:13 left. Hayti erased a 22-0 halftime deficit in its last game. Head coach Dominique Robinson shared the message he gave to his team at halftime of the last game.
Hayti enters this contest 12-0. The Indians offense is averaging 55 points a contest while surrendering just 11 points a game defensively. Robinson shared his keys to offensive success Saturday.
Defensively, Robinson says understanding assignments and staying at home against the athletes of the Tigers offense will be crucial.
The Marceline-Hayti winner faces the East Buchanan-Thayer winner in the Class 1 state championship next week. Semifinal pregame coverage of Marceline and Hayti begins at 12:40pm on 99.9 The Captain and centralmoinfo.com. Eric Duick and Brandon Monty have the call.