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Marceline to play for second-ever state title

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

The Marceline football team will meet East Buchanan at Faurot Field on Saturday at 3 p.m., as the Tigers look to capture the program's second-ever state championship.

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The only season Marceline won a state championship was back in 1986 under former head coach Bill Dennis. Since then, the team has made it to three other title games, with the most recent appearance coming in 2013.

"In the 100 something years of Marceline history, only one other team's been able to get it done," head coach Mark Ross said. "That's a part of history we want to be on the other side of. You know, there's been some other teams that got to the state championship, but unfortunately came up short, so we really want to be the second team in the history of Marceline to win the state title. Really continue doing great things with the program."

Ross and company put together quite a 2021-22 season, as the Tigers have gone 12-1 up to this point. The last time Marceline lost a game was in week three against Quincy Notre Dame, a school out of Illinois.

Ross added that his team has overcome a lot of ups and downs through the season.

"Really proud of the guys for battling this season and finding a way to win some really close ball games in the end here, down the stretch, and put us in a good position here in the state title game," he said.

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Nathalie Jones

Nathalie anchors and reports sports for ABC17. She started working at the station in June 2020.

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