Matt Bliss (No. 17) scores McClain's only touchdown in the first quarter of Friday's game vs. Chillicothe. (HCP Photo/Jim Jones)
Matt Bliss (No. 17) scores McClain's only touchdown in the first quarter of Friday's game vs. Chillicothe. (HCP Photo/Jim Jones)
It wasn’t the final result the McClain Tigers wanted in their final scheduled home game of the regular season, but at McClain Field the Tigers played close early on, but lost by four scores to the visiting Chillicothe Cavaliers, 35-7.

McClain trailed 14-7 at the end of the first quarter, as the Cavaliers scored on the opening kickoff and never allowed the Tigers to take the lead. After Chillicothe’s Joel Barnes returned the opening kickoff for 84 yards, the Tigers had an answer of their own, eventually tying the score at 7-7 with a 1-yard touchdown run by Matt Bliss with 4:45 left in the opening frame, followed by the PAT by Braeden Bergstrom.

From that point on, the Cavaliers went on a 28-0 scoring run that McClain couldn’t answer.

For the Tigers, they totaled 104 yards of offense, while the Cavaliers outpaced McClain with 299 yards on the offensive side of the ball. CHS totaled 46 rushes for 217 yards as a team, and MHS had 31 rushes for 95 yards. CHS out-passed the Tigers, 82-9 through the air.

McClain quarterback Drake Stapleton led MHS with two rushes for 31 yards, and next was fellow freshman Andrew Potts with 10 carries for 28 yards. Bliss totaled 27 yards on 16 rushes with the one touchdown. Max Eikenberry was McClain’s leading receiver with three receptions.

On defense, Seth Wise of McClain had an interception. Bergstrom also had eight punts for MHS, totaling 208 yards (26 yards per punt).

Kamron Smith led the Cavaliers in passing, finishing 6-of-9 for 78 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Chucky Thomas was the leading rusher for Chillicothe with 11 carries for 80 yards, averaging 7.3 yards per carry. Tylin Scales totaled 10 carries for CHS, resulting in 64 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Scoring receiving touchdowns for the Cavaliers were Barnes (three reception for 36 yards), Jaiden Cain (two receptions for 29 yards), and Isaac McCory (one reception for 13 yards).

Also for the Cavs, Logan Snowden and Xzavier Doss each recorded an interception.

Next for McClain (0-3, 0-4) is a road game in Week 5 as they take on the Washington Blue Lions (1-2, 1-3). Chillicothe will next host the Miami Trace Panthers in Week 5.