The McClain High School Tigers football team had their final home game in week seven of the season of Friday night as they hosted South Central Ohio League opponent Chillicothe High School (6-1, 4-0) but fell with a final score of 49-8.
The Tigers got the ball first in the game but were unable to do anything with it as they went four downs and out and punted it to the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers took no time at all making it onto the scoreboard as they made a 44 yard pass and ran into the endzone to make it 6-0 after the missed point after.
The Tigers got a little something going on their next drive as they were able to pick up some first downs but ultimately ended up turning the ball over on downs which led to another score by Chillicothe, this time on a 39 yard run. The Cavaliers went for the two-point conversion this time to bring the score up to 14-0 with 10:43 to go in the second quarter.
Chillicothe scored twice more before the end of the half, keeping the Tigers off the board and it was 29-0 at the halftime buzzer.
The Tigers’ lone score came in the third quarter with 9:18 remaining in the game on a 12 yard run-in by Gabe Adams to bring the score to 43-8 after Adams also ran in a two-point conversion. That drive spanned 84 yards and McClain took 10 plays to get the ball into the endzone.
Chillicothe was able to add one more score before the end of the game to bring the final score of the game to 49-8.
The Tigers had a total of 266 yards of offense in the game: 223 rushing and 43 through the air. Gabe Adams had 16 carries for 100 yards and Pitzer had 13 carries for 89. The Cavaliers had 207 rushing yards and 213 passing for a total of 420 offensive yards.
“Our inability to get first downs really hurt us tonight,” said Tigers Head Coach Jeremey Andrews after the loss. “We are in third down and long way to often. We went for it on fourth down a few times when I should have punted, and that was calculated. I don’t know how many conversions we had but it definitely wasn’t enough.That gave Chiilicothe some good field position and made it rough on out defense but if you’re playing the game to win, which is what I was doing, you need to get first downs. We just didn’t convert. We were really close to breaking off big plays all night but we just couldn’t make them.
“Tristan Pitzer threw a lot of good passes tonight. He had some incompletions but he wasn’t throwing to guys who were covered, which is good. That’s something we can build on for our last three games this season.”
The Tigers will be on the road their last three games of the season starting with a trip to Washington Courthouse to take on the Blue Lions next Friday. That game is set to start at 7:30 p.m.
Reach Robert Stegbauer at 937-393-3456 ext. 1679 or on Twitter @RStegbauer.