“We are excited to be where we are at, but we still have a lot of things to do. We still have to make a lot of people believe, we still have goals to accomplish,” St. Clairsville coach Brett McLean said. “We had an opportunity to get into the playoffs last year and we kind of fluttered when we got there, I hope we are more prepared this year, we have to go to back to work tomorrow and I can’t wait.”
The Red Devils looked ready on both sides of the ball dominating the Huskies. St. C scored on their first drive as senior Anthony Vincent connected on a 27-yard toss to Dustin Hynes.
Hynes second score capped a drive that began on the Central 47 yard line after the defense held on a fourth down conversion attempt. The 6-foot-0, 170-pound senior ran it in from 15 yards out to make it 13-0 at the half.
The Red Devils took the opening possession of the second half 64 yards in 10 plays as Kurtis Cullen plunged in from four yards to widen the gap, 19-0.
Harrison Central speedster Wes Skinner returned the ensuing kick 85 yards to the St. C three yard line. The Saints defense made a stand and held on fourth and an inch to seal the win.
Vincent scored form 16 yards out to close the books on the regular season for St. C. Vincent was 6-of-9 for 72 yards and had nine carries for 88 yards. Cullen led the ground attack with 11 yards on 22 totes as the hosts rolled up 288 yards.
The Red Devil defense held their opponents to 135 yards rushing and just 10 passing. The Huskies avoided the shutout as Skinner took a hand off up the seam for an 86-yard touchdown late.
St. Clairsville earned the number one seed in Division IV, Region 15 with the win and will host Ironton Rock Hill in Week 11 at the fairgrounds. The Redmen have just one win this season against teams with winning records, but the Devils won’t be taking them lightly.
“Everybody is good in the playoffs, you can’t hide or duck anybody, they’ve obviously done what they’ve had to do to get there,” McLean said. “I have been all around the state, playing football, coaching football and watching football, I know that wherever they are from we are going to have to play our best.”