The McClain Tigers ran into a strong Zane Trace team Friday and suffered a 58-7 non-league setback on the road.
The Pioneers scored on their first four possessions and built a 42-0 halftime lead, dominating both the offensive and defensive lines.
McClain scored its lone touchdown on its second possession of the second half, taking advantage of good field position that gave the Tigers a first down at the Pioneers’ 18-yard line.
Four plays later, on fourth down and four yards to go, running back Alex Hollar broke through the center of the line, cut to the outside in front of the defending linebackers, and raced 15 yards for the score. Camden Yates’ extra point kick was good, making it 42-7.
Zane Trace answered right back with a touchdown on its next possession.
“We played terribly tonight and played a pretty good team. And when you play a pretty good football and don’t execute, that’s what happens,” first-year McClain coach Jeremy Andrews told WVNU Radio after the game. Zane Trace is a pretty good football team, but they’re not 51 points better than us. They just kicked out butts.”
Zane Trace improved to 3-0 with the victory. The Pioneers beat Logan Elm, 34-28, in overtime in the season opener, and followed that up last week with a 35-6 triumph against Waverly.
The Pioneers open Scioto Valley Conference action next week at Unioto.
McClain dropped to 0-3.
The Tigers open South Central Ohio League play next Friday at Wilmington, where Andrews has coached the last few years. Kick off is at 7:30 p.m.