The Maclay Marauders entered Friday’s showdown with the Munroe Bobcats with plenty at stake. They needed a victory to clinch the North division title in the North Florida Football Conference, guaranteeing them the opportunity to defend their conference title.
Not only would the Marauders (6-2, 3-0) clinch the division, but they would do so in convincing fashion with a 62-0 victory over the visiting Bobcats.
“We tell the kids the next week is the biggest game of the year,” Maclay head coach Kyler Hall said. “Our kids came out and played hard and it was a big win.”
Maclay opened the scoring with a 26 yard touchdown run by Tripp Transou on a fake field attempt with 8:11 left in the first quarter.
However it was Maclay running back, Chase Schaum, who stole the show in the first half rushing for touchdowns on three of his first four carries Schaum scored on runs of 32, 14, and 12 yards. Schaum contributed 59 of Maclay’s 235 rushing yards
“Chase Schaum has really been a workhorse for the past three or four games,” Hall said. “His success is really a sign of what’s going on up front with the offensive line.”
Not to be outdone, the Maclay defense forced eight turnovers – six of which came in the first half . Munroe head coach Danny Hood said youth and injuries really hurt his team but they should get better with time.
“We had to play a lot of young guys tonight, ” Hood said. “But these guys still fought hard.”