ST. CLAIRSVILLE - With a rugged Buckeye 8 schedule ahead, Brett McLean knew Whitney Young was no match for his battle-tested St. Clairsville squad.
So, the veteran Red Devils coach used the game against the outmanned Warriors on Saturday night at Red Devil Stadium as a tune-up.
The Red Devils' engine purred on all cylinders in a 49-0 whitewashing of the Division VII Warriors before a huge turnout.
Photo by Seth Staskey
St. Clairsville's Malik Gummer breaks free.
St. Clairsville didn't waste any time in showing Whitney Young why it played for the Division IV state title last season.
Senior cornerback Ben Coleman stepped in front of a Whitney Young pass on the first play of the game, picking it off and returning it 26 yards.
Zach Musilli tacked on the first of his seven PATs and it was quickly 7-0 just 18 ticks in.
The Warriors mustered 3 yards on their next possession, forcing a punt. Malik Gummer fielded the ball after a bounce and the junior speedster set sail down the sideline for a 38-yard TD that made it 14-0.
"There was a moment there where we didn't know if we were going to get to run any plays offensively," McLean joked.
"Coach Hunt is doing a great job with that program. We knew they had a young program.
"We needed to get some work, but the good thing is that we got out of the game totally healthy and every kid got on the field in some shape or form."
Gummer also ran the next Warriors' punt back for six points, but the Red Devils had too many men on the field
However, four plays later senior tailback Jaylon Brown skirted around his left end from 20 yards out to make it 21-0.
Gummer did reach the end zone a second time as he caught a 12-yard pass from Michael Monteroso to start a 21-point outburst in the second quarter.
Monteroso lobbed the ball perfectly to the right corner of the end zone where Gummer ran under it.
Shane Peroni took a handoff 42 yards to set the Red Devils up at the Whitney Young 42. Three plays later, Martins Ferry transfer Isiah Sears bulled his way in from 3 yards out to cap the four-play march that covered 84 yards.