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NS. CLAIRSVILLE quarterback Drew Sefsick carries a Cambridge defender into the end zone as Colt Westlake (9) celebrates. Pictured at left is senior offensive lineman Avery Henry. The Red Devils drove to a win, crowning a 9-1 season, an OVAC title and a Buckeye 8 crown.
NS. CLAIRSVILLE – To end another shiny regular season in style … so it was at the St. Clairsville Red Devils on Friday night.
St. Clairsville was putting the finishing touches to a 9-1 campaign, the only flaw being wheeling Park came. Along the way, the Red Devils won another OVAC 4A title and won a Division IV Region 15 playoff home game.
The OVAC crown is the seventh for McLean, who in his 20 years at the helm of St Clairsville built a virtual juggernaut. He’s now led the Red Devils to 14 of the Red Devils’ 17 postseason trips.
“This was the last regular season game and we wanted to play well for our seniors and I thought we did. You never know when your last game will be, ”remarked McLean. « I’m also very happy that we came out of the game 99 percent healthy.
» I thought we performed well, especially offensively. We got great plays from multiple players, ”he added. « It was a nice preparation for the second season. »
Big games were definitely seen by the Buckeye 8 Champions. St. Clairsville quarterback Drew Sefsick was the trigger for many of them.
The dual threat senior hit six touchdowns that night, three with his arm and three more with his legs. He completed 10-of-19 passes for 275 yards. Sefsick’s races included 12, 2 and 13 stripes.
Classmate Colin Oberdick also delivered three long touchdowns for the Red Devils. He took 59- and 47-yard scoring passes to leave with a 43-yard punt return.
St. Clairsville built a 35-0 lead late in the first half before Cambridge , which fell to 6-4, used an air circus to find Paydirt.
The Red Devils hit Oberdick on their second possession via Sefsick’s 59-yard connection. Sefsick added a 13 yard scoring run to get a 14-0 lightening after a quarter.
The standout senior Jacob Jordan scored a goal from 16 yards in the 8:39 lightening of the second third before Oberdick added his punt return for a 28-0 upper hand from Red Devil. Sefsick teamed up with Logan Shields in a 40-yard air touchdown to crown the hosts’ huge first half.
Sefsick started St. Clairsville’s second half with a two-yard burst for a 42 -7 lead. The hosts made it a 48-21 problem early in the fourth third when Oberdick caught up with the Sefsick pass and covered 47 strips.
Cambridge received a tough effort from Caden Moore. The junior quarterback completed 26-of-35 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns.
“We started the season with a lot of experienced players. So expectations were high and these kids handled those expectations very well, ”said McLean. « Our six captains and twelve seniors gave us a great tour back in June.
» It was a fun season. This group is very coachable, ”he continued. “I’m happy and proud of what you’ve achieved so far.”
St. Clairsville added 158 yards to complement Sefsick’s stellar night. Jordan led the Red Devil Ground Gainer with 73 stripes.
“Now is the time to focus on the playoffs. We’re not sure who we’re going to play against yet, ”said McLean. “We cannot be satisfied with what we have achieved so far. We want to keep that as long as possible. ”
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