McClain's Andrew Potts breaks a tackle during Friday night’s game. (HCP Photos/Jim Jones)
McClain's Andrew Potts breaks a tackle during Friday night’s game. (HCP Photos/Jim Jones)
The McClain Tigers suffered their third consecutive loss to start the 2020 season on Friday night, as the Miami Trace Panthers defended their home field and scored at least one touchdown in every quarter for a 42-7 loss by McClain.

Miami Trace (2-0, 3-0) scored 14 points each in both the first and second quarters, then added seven points in the third and another seven points in the fourth quarter for their 42-point total. The Panthers outgunned the Tigers on offense 421-142, as McClain finished with 64 rushing yards on 31 carries. The Panthers collected 216 rushing yards on 32 carries and 205 passing yards on 10 completions.

Also for the game, McClain (0-2, 0-3) and the Panthers each had two turnovers.

McClain freshman quarterback Drake Stapleton finished the game 6-of-19 for 78 yards passing with one touchdown and two interceptions. Stapleton’s touchdown pass came in the second quarter when he connected with Andrew Potts for a 22-yard touchdown. Potts also led the Tigers in rushing with 16 carries for 68 yards (4.3 yards per carry).

Receiving for McClain, Seth Wise totaled two catches for 26 yards, while Matt Bliss finished with one reception for 17 yards and Max Eikenberry had two receptions for 13 yards.

On defense for the Tigers, the freshman Potts led the way with six tackles (five solo), one sack and three tackles for loss. Justin Kegley totaled five solo tackles and one tackle for loss. Also for McClain, Bliss had five solo tackles. With four solo tackles apiece were Grant Pennington and Trevor Stonerock, and finishing the game with three solo tackles each were Alex Snyder and Dakota Bartram.

Also on defense for McClain, Landen Eubanks and Wise each had an interception. Kicker Braeden Bergstrom finished with a PAT, and he also had three punts totaling 93 yards. As a kick returner, Bliss totaled six returns for 63 yards.

For the Miami Trace Panthers, quarterback Weston Melvin was 10-of-15 for 205 yards passing, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Jayden LeBeau led the Panthers with 17 carries for 125 yards and three touchdowns. Josh Gilmore was Miami Trace’s leading receiver with seven receptions for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

On defense for MTHS, Hunter McBee totaled five solo tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss. Austin Boedeker had an interception.

Next for McClain is a home game on Friday, Sept, 18 at McClain Field as they will host the Chillicothe Cavaliers at 7 p.m.