ST. CLAIRSVILLE - On a night when St. Clairsville honored four great Red Devil athletes of the past, the 2012 edition of the Red Devils put on another offensive show.
Scoring on four plays of 57 yards or better and limiting Buckeye Local to 164 total yards, unbeaten and state-ranked St. Clairsville registered a 48-6 victory in a Buckeye 8 matchup Friday night.
Coach Brett McLean's Devils have been scoring at will with their high-powered attack and Friday night was no different as they notched their eighth victory. On the other side of the field, Coach Phil Pest's Panthers dropped to an even 4-4.
''The big thing for us is that we don't want to get complacent,'' McLean said. ''Our kids have worked hard to get where we are right now and we don't want to take any of this for granted.''
Buckeye's plan was evident on its first series running off 11 plays and a little more than seven minutes, staying on the ground with an attack that featured Devan Pyciak, Austin Marshall and Dakota Flaherty. The Panthers drive moved the ball from their 17 to the 46 before running into a brick wall named St. C defensive tackle Corey Ernest who came up with two big stops that halted the drive.
Taking over on their 16, the Red Devils took little time unleashing their explosive attack.
Speedster Jaylon Brown dodged his way for 13 yards then followed that run with a 7-yarder to the 36. QB Matt Kinnick stayed on the ground tip-toeing his way through the Panthers defense before breaking loose on a 64-yard scoring run with 3:43 on the clock.
Midway through the second quarter, Ernest forced a Buckeye fumble that was covered by Ben Coleman giving possession to the hosts at the Panthers 40. Brown opened with 6-yarder and Kinnick connected with Dan Monteroso for 12 yards to the 22. A 9-yarder by Brown and an 11-yard toss from Kinnick to Monteroso on a fourth down set up Brown's 9-yard run for a score with 7:38 left in the half.
Buckeye scored with 2:06 on the board as Logan Dehnart alertly stripped a Red Devils runner of the ball and rambled 30 yards for the score. The PAT run was stopped short.
Four plays later, St. C got back on the board. With 1:11 left in the half, Kinnick found a crossing Brown, tossed the perfect pass and Brown rambled untouched on the 57-yard scoring play.
St. C's quick-strike offense was exactly that in the second half. On the hosts first play from scrimmage, Brown broke off left tackle, cruised through the secondary and raced 80 yards to the score with 12 seconds gone in the third for a 28-6 lead.
Colby Lindsay recovered a Panthers fumble just minutes later that set the stage for the next Red Devils score. Kinnick found Jerrid Marhefka on a sideline pattern and connected on a 62-yard scoring play with 8:05 on the clock that extended the lead to 35-6.