Marceline outlasted Highland 36-30 in the district championship at Marceline Friday.
Eric Duick with the final call on KRES and centralmoinfo.com. Highland stopped Marceline on fourth and one from the Cougar 35 yard line with 2:10 left and no timeouts. The Cougars then advanced to the Tigers’ seven and spiked it with one second left before Drew Mallett’s incomplete pass.
Marceline marched to a 14-0 lead on a Caleb Stallo 34-yard touchdown and Conner Quinn interception for touchdown. Highland countered with 22 unanswered, but Marceline responded amid a series of Cougar miscues in the third quarter.
The Tigers also recovered an onside kick and a pooch kick. Head coach Mark Ross reacted to the bizarre sequence.
Wyatt Molloy later added a 24-yard touchdown reception for a 36-22 advantage. The 2020 KRES All-Star battled injuries all season, but rebounded to produce three touchdowns in 10 minutes. Highland cut its deficit to 36-30 with five minutes left. Ross analyzed the defensive stand that clinched Marceline’s third straight district championship.
10-1 Marceline hosts Fayette in the state quarterfinals next Saturday. Fayette defeated Sweet Springs 46-6. Marceline topped Fayette 37-0 in week four.
8-4 Highland’s district championship loss concludes the winningest season in Cougar history. Head coach Dave Degarmo reflected on the historic campaign.
Highland delivered the program’s first winning season since 1990.
Dave Degarmo Postgame Interview:
Mark Ross Postgame Interview: