McClain Outguns Miami Trace in 47-40 Win


The McClain Tigers scored every time they touched the football in the fist half except when they took a knee to run out the clock going into the locker-room en route to their second win of the season, 47-40 over Miami Trace.


The two teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter with both teams only having two drives a piece. McClain got the scoring started with a 4 play 50 yard drive that took 1:21 off the clock that finished with a Colton Mossbarger 16 yard run, PAT was good and the Tigers went up 7-0. The Panthers answered with 9 play 54 yard drive that took 5:37 off the clock when Tyler Taylor hit Brayden Cooper-Smith for a 21 touchdown pass. Greenfield's second possession of the  night carried over into the second quarter and they scored just 30 seconds in with a Kyler Trefz 1 yard run, the drive took 4:54 off the clock and took 10 plays, McClain up 13-7 after the failed PAT. Miami Trace again answered and went 5 plays in 2:23 totaling 74 yards that saw Josh Liff find the end zone on a 16 yard run. McClain then started to push ahead with back to back TD's, Pat Fout ran 59 yards for a score and then QB Eric Anderson found Dalton Mischal on a 40 yard throw and catch to put McClain up 26-14, The Panthers pulled close on a 37 yard touchdown catch by Junior Wide Receiver Dalton Mayer but Fout ran back the ensuing kick-of 89 yards to give McClain a 33-21 half time lead.


McClain had 270 total yards in the first half, 200 on the ground. The Panthers had 215 total yards in the first half.


McClain got the ball first in the second half and did exactly what they did  in the first, ran the ball down the field, in fact McClain did not attempt a pass in the second half. They scored the only third quarter TD, a 6 yard run by Colton Mossbarger, his second of the night, a drive that took 8:42 off the clock that went 79 yards in 6 plays.


The Tigers went into prevent mode and went away from a lot of their triple option look that benefited them all night and just ran up the middle through much of the third and fourth quarter and Miami Trace took advantage of their lack of aggressiveness. The Panther scored three fourth quarter touchdowns Taylor to Gilmore for a 37 yard score, Josh Liff ran one in from 15 yards out and Taylor hit Mayer from 21 yards out with 27 seconds left on the clock to pull within one touchdown. They recovered the onside kick but Taylor's last second heave into the end zone as time expired closed off their comeback as they fell 47-40.


On the night Miami Trace 0-1 (2-4) had 456 total yards, 188 on the ground and 258 through the air. Dalton Mayer had 6 catches for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns and Sophomore WR Joshua Gilmore had 5 catches for 107 yards and a score. They had 17 first downs but committed 3 turnovers.


McClain 1-0 (2-4) finished the night with 401 total yards, 331 on the ground. Led by Pat Fout's 127 yards on 6 carries and a score plus an 89 yard kick return for a score. Dalton Mischal had 41 yards rushing, and quarterback Eric Anderson had 68 yards rushing and was 2-2 passing for 70 yards and a score.

 

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