Cain runs for three TDs and 173 yards as Cavs improve to 7-1, 4-1 in SCOL.
The Obadiah Harris Family Athletic Complex was dubbed “The O” in an opening video presentation by Rev. Tim Harris two weeks ago.
“The O” can also stand for what Cavalier opponents have scored at Chillicothe’s refurbished facility.
Friday night’s 49-0 victory over Hillsboro increased the Cavs home point total to 131-0 against their three opponents (Teays Valley, McClain and Hillsboro).
Markel Cain scored on touchdown runs of 33, 25 and 29 yards while Carl Harris (32 yards), Nate Rosenbauer (6 yards) and Caleb Price (41 yards) added scoring runs to build on Chillicothe’s 7-0 lead.
In the opening quarter, Ryan Mathis connected with Austin Elliott on an inside slant pass for a 45 yard touchdown to strike first. The Cavs’ initial possession lasted all of 33 seconds. Hillsboro recovered a Chillicothe fumble to cut the series short. The Cavs answered with a scoring pass and all seemed right again.
Cain hit the first of his three TDs on Chillicothe’s third possession. Combined, the Cavs’ time of possession equaled 14 points over 42 seconds.
Hillsboro marched from its own 35 yard line to the Cavs’ 6 but was turned away by the Cavs defense, denying the Indians a 16 play drive that took 10 minutes off the clock, but no points.
While happy with the win, Coach Ron Hinton was not happy the Cavs coughed up the football twice.
“The disappointed thing was we put the ball on the ground” Hinton said in his postgame interview on WBEX. “That’s not characteristic to what we want to do.”
Chillicothe racked up 361 yards on the ground with Cain gaining 173 yards on just 8 carries (21.6 avg). Rosenbauer logged 85 yards. Mathis and Price combined for 6-11 passing for 130 yards.
Hillsboro managed just 151 yards overall.
“To be 7-1 right now is huge” added coach Hinton. “Our seniors next week… we want to take these guys out in style next week.”
The Cavs (7-1/4-1) will close out the SCOL season hosting East Clinton (3-5/2-2) Friday. The Astros fell 20-15 in non-league action to Dayton Meadowdale. Hillsboro (1-7/0-4) hosts Washington Court House (4-4/2-2) Friday.