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MAROA — The Maroa-Forsyth train kept rolling. The Trojans (6-1) beat Athens 21-7 in a Sangamo Conference game Friday night. All three of Maroa's touchdowns came on the ground. Bryson Boes had a rushing touchdown and Cade Culp had two.

Balanced offense key for Maroa

The Maroa-Forsyth offense has weapons left to right on the field. The Trojans got big plays from Ben Gilbert, Cody Marsh, Cade Culp, Xavier Goetz, Drew Hicks and Wade Jostes. Maroa's speed and sheer number of skill players makes a life difficult for defenders. Gilbert had a big 58-yard catch and run in the first half. Marsh had four catches, but perhaps none bigger than a 16-yard fight for a third down in the third quarter.

Defense handles the wing offense

Athens' bread and butter involves running it down the opposing team's throat, eating clock and wearing down the opponent. Maroa handled the running game well, and Johnny Luttrell was key in slowing the attack along the defensive line. Luttrell also batted a ball down on the line. Maroa allowed just five runs of more than 10 yards.

Maroa in prime position for a good playoff seed

Athens was the last truly difficult test on the schedule for Maroa, which should end the regular season 8-1 in two weeks. That means the Trojans will have a prime sees in the playoffs and should be considered one of the favorites in Class 2A south.

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Contact Joey Wagner at (217) 421-6970. Follow him on Twitter: @mrwagner25

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