The Monarch football team is shown running through pregame smoke Friday at Marysville. A convincing 35-0 win over Central Crossing may have been enough to lift Marysville into its first playoff berth since 2013. According to preliminary online tabulations, the 6-4 Monarchs appear to have secured the eighth seed in their region and will travel to Springfield Friday. Players, coaches and fans will have to wait until the official computer rankings are released on Sunday to confirm the berth. Jonathan Alder pulled out a thrilling last second victory Friday to keep its unbeaten record in place and also lock up a home playoff game next week. (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson)
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