It was like starting a relatively dependable car on the coldest day of the year.
The Cavalier offense took some priming but when it got warmed up, it was smooth sailing to a 61-0 homecoming victory over visiting McClain.
When done, the Cavs tallied 546 total yards, all but 53 on the ground. Carrying the bulk of the load, Markel Cain. The Chillicothe senior tailback found the end zone on four occasions, from 6, 41, 33 and 64 yards each, while racking up 276 yards rushing.
Cain scored on the Cavs’ first possession, completing an 11 play, 62 yard drive. Then, McClain forced Chillicothe ton punt on its next two. Bu the last two touches before the half turned into points. Ryan Mathis kept a drive alive with a 20 yard run on third and 19 from the Chillicothe 24.A couple of plays later and McCain was crossing the goal line again from 41 yards out for a 13-0 lead.
Following a Tigers punt, McCain scored just 16 seconds later on a 64 yard dash for a 20-0 lead.
The Cavs missed an opportunity towards intermission when Devin Zehner got in the way of a Thomas Schrader pass and returned it to the McClain 23. The Tigers kept Chillicothe out of the end zone. It was last time McClain stopped the Cavs.
“A little sluggish, I thought” Cavs Coach Ron Hinton said in his postgame interview on WBEX. “We came out in the second half and reloaded our guns. Just another solid win for us.”
To start the second half, Chillicothe fielded a squib kick by the Tigers and scored 11 plays later on a 1 yard full back dive by Daiquan Hall.
“I thought (McClain) fought well in the first half. Defensively they took some things away from us.”
Adjustments at half time made the difference in the second half.
“We went to the outside veer in the second half and that opened up, that’s what we ran a lot the second half.”
Carl Harris, Jr. had an interception and added rushing touchdowns from 10 and 56 yards, Mathis connected with D.J. Vinson and Levi Shumaker tacked on a 13 yard run to finish the scoring.
While the offense tallied the big numbers, it was the tried and true defense that gave the Cavaliers opportunity. The Chillicothe D grabbed three interceptions and allowed 75 total yards (51 rushing, 24 passing).
“That’s phenomenal. We pride ourselves on shutouts… we’re a very good defensive team” said Defensive Coordinator Jeff Arndt. “We had a lot of mental errors at the beginning, they settled down and zeroed in.”
In two home games, Chillicothe has outscored their opponents 82-0.
The win sets up a first place battle in Clarksville, home of the Clinton-Massie Falcons. The Cavs (6-0/3-0) hold a one game lead over the Falcons (5-1/2-0) in the SCOL. The defending D IV state champs thumped Hillsboro 77-0 Friday. Their only loss came a week ago in a non-league bout with Columbus DeSales.
Catherine Matheny and Per Petersen were crowned Homecoming Queen and King Friday night. The two were crowned by the 2012 Queen Parissa Bennett.