The Hillsboro Indians held home course advantage Wednesday, winning Match #1 of Frontier Athletic Conference boys golf season. Hillsboro’s Caleb Crawford also took home match medalist honors with a 43.
FAC BOYS TEAM SCORES: Hillsboro 187 Washington CH 195 McClain 203 Chillicothe 208 Jackson 217 Miami Trace 226 *Match Medalist- Caleb Crawford of Hillsboro (43)*
Friday Boys Non-Conference Golf: Unioto 168 Chillicothe 177 Zane Trace 192 *Match Medalist- Aidan Fischer of Chillicothe (38)*
Two weeks ago, Chillicothe dominated Miami Trace 44-3. Last week, the Cavaliers were celebrating a Frontier Athletic Conference Championship in a double overtime victory over Jackson.
But the Regional Playoff game on October 9th at The O belonged to the Panthers, rallying from a halftime deficit of 14-13 to win 27-14. The win advances Miami Trace to face London next Friday night.
Chillicothe was playing shorthanded after a Junior Varsity player tested positive for COVID-19 mid-week. That placed 39 players into quarantine protocol, leaving the Cavs with just 19 players to dress for the game.
In the previous meeting, Miami Trace was hampered without starters Jayden LeBeau (RB) and Josh Gilmore (WR). Both were injured the week before against Jackson, but they were instrumental with a second opportunity to face Chillicothe.
Despite being short on players, Chillicothe got off to a good start and took a 14-6 lead. Jaiden Cain, playing quarterback for the first time since the 2019 opener at Teays Valley, was pressed into action after QBs Kamron Smith and Mason Doughty were both quarantined, leaving Cain to get caught up in a hurry.
Maxwell Lee plunged into the end zone with 5:23 left in the 1st quarter to get the scoring started. Without place-kickers, the Cavs went for two-point conversions when they had the opportunity. The first attempt failed and Chillicothe led 6-0.
Miami Trace tied the score on a pass by Weston Melvin, the first of his four scoring passes on the night. Three of those went to Gilmore, including the game tying touchdown from five yards out. The Panthers PAT failed to knot the score at 6 through the first quarter.
Scales had a 37-yard run inside the Miami Trace five. Cain crossed the goal line on a keeper to put Chillicothe and Scales followed with the 2-point PAT ahead 14-6.
Miami Trace pinned the Cavaliers back to their 1 yard line forcing a punt from their end zone. Gilmore return the kick to the Chillicothe 27. Melvin connected with Gilmore again just before the half. Zach Warnock’s PAT pulled the Panthers to within 14-13.
Late in the third period, Melvin scrambled left and found Hunter McBee on the sideline for a 28-yard touchdown pass and with 2:38 remaining Miami Trace led for the first time, 20-14.
The Panthers dashed any possibility of a Cavaliers come back bid with a 67-yard strike from Melvin to Gilmore for a 27-14 lead with just 6:54 left in the game.
Melvin completed 11-of-20 passes for 201 yards and four TD passes. Gilmore (151 yards receiving) and LeBeau (154 yards rushing) were the workhorses for Miami Trace. Cain was 11-of-19 for 106 yards and Scales rolled to 158 yards on 19 carries.
The Panthers (4-3) will travel to London next Friday in the next round of the Regional Playoffs. The Cavaliers (5-2) may have more football to play. Coach Doug Pryor confirmed Chillicothe is negotiating for some regular season action. The OHSAA modifications for football (due to the pandemic) gives schools a chance for more games after the playoffs, until the week of November 15th.
Chillicothe’s Kam Smith ran wild including a dazzling scramble for a 56-yard touchdown in the second quarter as the Cavs earned a 44-3 win over Miami Trace Friday.
The victory was Chillicothe’s fourth straight win and sets up Frontier Athletic Conference championship game with the Jackson Ironmen October 2nd.
“Their defense played well and frustrated us” said Cavs Coach Doug Pryor. “We just had to figure things out and once we did, things really started to click. Just really happy for these guys.”
Smith finished the contest with 207 yards on 14 carries and a TD, he added 4-of-6 passing for 94 yards and a TD.
But Smith wasn’t the only bright spot for Chillicothe Friday. Taylin Scales averaged 10 yards per carry, with just over 100 yards on the ground with a score. Joel Barnes had a TD reception and Logan Snowden scooted 64-yards down the home sideline to score on a punt return.
While thing went well for Chillicothe, Miami Trace was trying to bounce back from a physical contest with Jackson last week, which saw their best running back Jayden LeBeau and best receiver Josh Gilmore on the injured list. Jerry Williams Panthers had a number of young kids in the battle. “We limped into this when we came here and we knew we’d have to find points and looked for someone to step up and it just didn’t happen” said Williams. “We have a bunch of young kids and they fought hard and they just have to learn how to persevere through some of these things and learn from these defeats like this in order to get better.”
Chillicothe’s Max Lee punched in from two yards out with 1:41 left in the first quarter. The Cavs followed with the spectacular run by Smith for a 14-0 lead.
The Panthers got on the board when Zack Warnock hit a 22-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-3.
After that, it was all Cavaliers. Smith connected with Joel Barnes on a 61-yard bomb to go up 21-3 with 11.6 seconds remaining in the first half. Scales scored on a 7-yard run. Despite a bobbled snap resulting in a missed PAT, Jacob Coffland hit a 30-yard field goal for a 30-3 lead. Logan Snowden’s punt return made extended the lead to 37-3 and Oscar Morgan closed out scoring with a 1-yard run for the 44-3 final.
“You gotta give Miami Trace credit” said Pryor noting the Panthers were without some of their regulars in the lineup. “I know those guys woulda made a difference.”
Jackson (5-0/4-0 FAC) was a 48-7 victor over Hillsboro (0-5/0-4 FAC) to set up the FAC championship showdown Friday at Chillicothe’s Obadiah Harris Family Athletic Complex.
Miami Trace (3-2/3-1 FAC) will travel to Washington CH (2-3/2-2 FAC) Friday. The Blue Lions were 46-9 winners over McClain (0-5/0-4 FAC).
Game 1 Recap: Jackson 66, McClain 31 Caleb Wallis dropped in 25 points as Jackson overcame a 13-10 deficit to hold McClain to 21 points the remaining three periods.
Ironmen Coach Max Morrow credited the Tigers’ preparation from the first two meetings between the schools this season. “Coach Stewart does a great job, and their kids were ready” said Morrow. “they were prepared, they knew what we were gonna do.”
Jackson won their two meetings in the Frontier Athletic Conference 72-38 and 89-69.
Jackson quickly turned the tables at the start of the second quarter on a 10-2 run and took a 35-20 lead into the intermission.
Caden Donaldson added 14 points as the on other Jackson played in double figures. Camden Closson led the Tigers with 10 points.
Jackson plays Logan Elm for the Sectional Championship game Saturday at 3pm at Southeastern HS.
Game 2 Recap: Logan Elm 51, Miami Trace 26 Following a tightly contested first quarter, Logan Elm built on it’s 13-12 lead, outscoring the Panthers 14-1 in the second for a 27-13 lead at the half.
The Braves’ Isaac Ward paced their attack with 11 first half points.
The mismatch in size was countered with patented Logan Elm patience offensively combined with high percentage shooting. At 6’3”, Jared Harrington is the Braves lone big man. Miami Trace touts a combination of Logan Rodgers (6’8”), Andrew Guthrie (6’7”) and Dylan Bernard (6’6”), but the Braves handled the size indifference with defensive quickness and contesting passes at lower trajectories.
“Our defense was extremely active tonight” said Braves Coach Doug Stiverson. “I thought we got our hands on a lot of passes, and then was able to get us in some transition as well.”
Logan Elm managed to keep the Panthers at bay the remainder of the contest for a 51-26 victory.Ward led the Braves finishing with 17 points followed by 14 from Gabe Chalfin. Rodgers led the Panthers with 9 points.