The McClain Tigers fell to the Adena Warriors at home in their season opener Friday night by a score of 27-0.
McClain had a rough night on the offensive side of the ball as senior starting quarterback Justin Osborne completed 2 – 15 passes for a total of 33 yards. Both completions were hauled in by fellow Tigers’ senior Landree Gray who was one of the few bright spots for the Tigers.
Osborne, to make matters worse for the Tigers, threw three interceptions on the night. The first turnover came in the second quarter and was returned by the Warriors for a touchdown.
The Warriors would add an offensive touchdown and added the point after in the first half to extend their lead to 14 – 0 at the half.
The third quarter was quiet for both teams as neither could get going against the other’s defense.
The fourth quarter saw the Warriors from Adena added another touchdown offensively as the Tigers’ defense wore down. Adena intercepted the Tigers’ for the third and final time of the night late in the fourth quarter. The Warriors returned the interception for a touchdown but, missed the point after attempt to give us the final score of 27 – 0.
Senior Darrius White had a good game for the Tigers’ offensively and defensively. White led the offense in total yard as he rushed for 40-yards on the night. White was also a leader on the defensive side of the ball with six solo tackles and assists on three others for a total of nine tackles on the night.
McClain head coach Jeremy Andrews shouldered the blame for the loss, “I take full responsibility for the team not being fully prepared tonight. We will be back out there tomorrow morning working to get better and getting ready for next weeks’ opponent.”
McClain will travel to Chillicothe on Friday, September 1, to take on the Shermans of Unioto at 7 p.m.
Tina Johnson is a stringer for The Times-Gazette.