MORRISTOWN - OVAC Championship. Check. Home playoff game. Check. And now you can check off a 10-0 season.
St. Clairsville closed out a perfect regular season with a convincing 54-12 victory against Union Local. However, Brett McLean's Red Devils realize that there are still a lot of goals left to be accomplished.
"We were a little worried about our kids looking past this week and thinking about the playoffs," McLean said. "But our kids came out and got out of it right from the start and played well. We didn't stumble around and struggle, we got right after it.
"We still got a lot to play for. We realize Week 11 is probably going to be against a rival (possibly Harrison Central or Martins Ferry). We'll find out who we play, refocus and get back to work."
The undefeated season is the second St. Clairsville has put together under McLean's guidance. The other came in 2007.
The Red Devil skill players shared the wealth in limited time.
Senior Dan Monteroso scored on the Devils' first play from scrimmage, hauling in a 33-yard TD pass from classmate Matt Kinnick. The Boston College recruit finished with three grabs for 54 yards and also had a beautiful 60-yard interception return for a score.
Kinnick completed 5 of 8 attempts for 71 yards and two scores, the second of which went to sophomore J.C. Coleman covering 20 yards. Kinnick also scrambled for a 3-yard TD.
"Their QB does a nice job," Union Local coach Mark Cisar said. "He throws a nice ball and gets it in the hands of his playmakers."
Junior Jaylon Brown had limited work scoring on a 10-yard run.
The Red Devils also got scores from junior Ben Coleman (5-yard run) and freshman Brendan Ferns (17-yard run).
Union Local got touchdowns from sophomore Tater Blake (8-yard run) and junior Travis James who caught a 19-yard TD from senior Brandon Winesickle.
The Jets were forced to use Winesickle at QB after losing starter Gavin Porter (shoulder), backup Eric Dunfee (foot) and freshman Trenton Tipton (illness).
"Brandon has never taken a snap in his life," Cisar said with a smile. "He stepped in there and did a nice job."