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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • FNL Preview: Marceline Tigers @ Westran Hornets

  • The Marceline Tigers, now 4-2 on the season, are headed on the road this week for a Lewis and Clark Conference battle with the 5-0 Westran Hornets. Westran has allowed less than 30 points in these games, and has scored over 225 points.
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  • The Marceline Tigers, now 4-2 on the season, are headed on the road this week for a Lewis and Clark Conference battle with the 5-0 Westran Hornets. Westran has allowed less than 30 points in these games, and has scored over 225 points.
    From the LCL's pre-season preview:
    The Westran Hornets are in their sixth season under Head Coach Curtis Jasper. Coach Jasper has a 51-21 record at the school. Last year, the Hornets went 10-2. They return 18 lettermen, five offensive starters and seven defensive starters.
    “Last year was another good season,” said Coach Jasper. “We experienced a tough loss at Marceline and then bounced back the very next week to beat a very good Salisbury team. During the course of the season, we were able to overcome some key injuries, especially at the linebacker position. We eventually lost a heartbreaker to South Shelby in the District Championship game.”
    Offensively, the Hornets run out of the Spread Zone. Last season, they averaged 280 rushing yards, 117 passing yards and 46 points per game.
    “We have an All-State Center and Quarterback returning this season,” said Coach Jasper. “Last year we averaged over 40 points per game for the second time since 2010. We have averaged at least 30 points per game since 2008. As long as we can stay healthy, we expect to continue those numbers.”
    Westran will run from multiple defensive formations this season. Last year, they allowed an average of 75 rushing yards, 35 passing yards and 11 points per game.
    “We have experience returning at all three levels this season,” said Coach Jasper. “We will continue to be multiple defensively. We are transitioning from a base odd front to a base even front. As long as we can stay healthy through the season, we can continue to be strong defensively.”
    Coach Jasper concluded: “Like pretty much every Class One team, depth is always a concern. As long as we stay healthy, our goal is to make another run in the playoffs. We have won at least 10 games in each of the last three years. We would like to continue that trend and make a run as far as we can go.”
    Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Huntsville at Westran High School.
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