Chillicothe’s 28-0 win over East Clinton Friday was a landmark win. Not only was the shutout was the Cavs 5th straight at home but it gave Coach Ron Hinton a 300th career victory.
Hinton became the 14th coach to reach the milestone in Ohio High School football history.
As for the goose egg at the Obadiah Harris Family Athletic Complex (aka “The O”), the Cavs have kept their opponents scoreless for 16 straight quarters on the new synthetic surface. The mark extends back to 2012 as the Cavs held Portsmouth scoreless in the season finale last October. Warren was the last opponent to score on Chillicothe (a late touchdown) on October 5th of 2012.
Hinton began his coaching career at Unioto in 1973 then moved to Piketon where he was 5 SVC titles. It was at Amanda Clearcreek where the legend grew, including two state championships. His mark at Chillicothe is 19-20 over three-plus seasons on the Cavs sideline.
“How lucky am I…” asked a reflective Hinton “to be a part of this program, this new facility, the resurgence of the community?”
Hinton has the Cavaliers on the brink of returning to the OHSAA Football playoffs for the first time since 2008.
As for the win, Chillicothe thwarted East Clinton’s first possession. The Astros attempted to break the ice with a 30 yard field goal attempt, but Isaiah Johnson blocked the punt. The defense managed to turn away East Clinton four more times, taking the ball over on downs.
The Cavs D dogged Dalton Floyd throughout the night, getting to the East Clinton signal caller seven times, limiting the Astros to -21 rushing yards. Floyd completed 22 of 46 passes for 236 yards.
Chillicothe got on the board first on a 2 yard score by Nate Rosenbauer with 2:41 left in the first half. It capped a four play, 39 yard drive. After an Astros punt, Chillicothe tacked on a second score by Rosenbauer who was the last connection on a hook-n-ladder. Caleb Price, getting his first start at quarterback, tossed a 15 yard strike to Austin Elliott who pitched to Rosnebauer who raced 30 yards, untouched to the north end zone with 14 seconds left in the half.
Chillicothe got two more scores in the second half, a 39 yard Price to Christian Collins pass and Markel Cain motored 55 yards for the 28-0 win.
Cain finished the night with 122 yards to lead all rushers. Price was very efficient with a 10-14 night for 184 yards.
Chillicothe (8-1/5-1) travels to Portsmouth Friday to close out the regular season. The Trojans (3-6) earned a 26-12 win over Warren Friday night.
Clinton-Massie (8-1/5-0) beat Miami Trace 42-7 to win the SCOL championship. The Falcons will travel to East Clinton in the season finale.