ZT Rolls Past McClain 47-7


Zane Trace flexed their muscle on both sides of the ball Friday in a 47-7 rout of Greenfield McClain, in the final week of non-conference football for SVC teams.

The (2-1) Pioneers plowed through the (0-3) Tigers defense for 479 total yards, including 344 rushing en-route to the convincing victory. Quarterback Ty Shanton added 135 yards on 12/21 passing, including 1 TD. He also ran for another. Etheridge Games led the offensive charge rushing for 155 yards on 17 carries, scoring 1 touchdown. Will Palmer added 86 yards on only 6 carries, scoring 2 TD's.

The Zane Trace defense held McClain to 219 total yards. A defensive stand early in the game, where McClain recovered a ZT fumble, then proceeded to drive 15 plays inside the Pioneers 10 yard line, before ZT held on downs at the 6 yard line. That's where the Pioneers offense exploded, scoring on an 88 yard/3 play drive at 2:34 when Ty Shanton ran for a 7 yard TD. Christian Fetters PAT kick made it 7-0.

Zane Trace made it 14-0 when Shanton tossed a 5 yard TD pass to Jordan Waller with :09 left in the first quarter, followed by Fetters PAT. Fetters would convert a 28 yard field goal at 7:08 of the second quarter for a 17-0 lead, capping a 73 yard/9 play drive.

Eli Karst intercepted a McClain pass, leading to the Pioneers next score one play later at 3:44, on a 14 yard Etheridge Games TD run. The PAT snap was bad, leading to no extra point and a 23-0 lead. Zane Trace got the ball back again and would score on a 23 yard field goal by Christian Fetters with :08 remaining for a 26-0 halftime lead.

ZT made it 33-0 at 5:35 of the third quarter when Will Palmer raced 37 yards for a touchdown, capping a 56 yard/4 play drive. Palmer scored again with 7:36 to play in the game, completing a 43 yard/6 play drive. The Tigers made their only score of the night on a 58 yard TD run by Braden Goldsberry with 3:46 left in the game, capping a 75 yard/4 play drive.

The Pioneers rounded up the scoring on a Mason Lawrence 59 yard TD run as the back-up quarterback, completing a 69 yard/2 play drive for a 47-7 win.

The Pioneers "D" sacked the Tigers quarterback 4 times, for minus 28 yards and forced 4 turnovers. Three of those were interceptions by Mason Lawrence, Eli Karst and Drew Rittenhouse. Harley McNichols recovered a fumble.

One of the few downsides to the ZT win, was committing three turnovers of their own.    

Zane Trace opens SVC play Friday night when they host (1-2) Westfall.

Pioneers Coach Don Kunz (photo below)

Find the podcast of the Zane Trace vs McClain football game on the link at the bottom of this page...

Zane Trace Coach Don Kunz

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