BELLVILLE — Clear Fork jumped on Galion early Friday night, with 28 points in the first quarter and 21 in the second en route to a 69-35 win over the Tigers in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference football action at the Colt Corral. The Tigers were almost as potent before the intermission as Clear Fork, scoring 14 points in the first period, and matching the Colts with 21 second-quarter points, but the Tigers were shut out in the second half, with Clear Fork putting up 20 additional points.
With the win, the Colts improved to 7-0 overall and are alone atop the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference standings, one game ahead of Pleasant and Buckeye Valley. The Spartans lost 18-6 last Friday to Buckeye Valley. Clear Fork beat Buckeye Valley 48-0 this season, and plays Pleasant — at home — Oct. 19.
This week, the Colts are at 3-4 Ontario.
Friday’s first quarter was an offensive slugfest with Galion scoring first on a 10-yard run by Elias Middleton. But Clear Fork the next three TDs and never looked back. Jay Swainhart scored on a 14-yard run, Brady Tedrow ran in from eight yards and AJ. Blubaugh caught a 17-yard TD pass from Jared Schaefer.
After that, the Tigers’ Middleton hit Isaiah Alsip with a 64-yard scoring pass. The Colts answered with a 26-yard scoring run by Trevon Trammell to put Clear Fork up 28-14.
The Colts pretty much put the game away in the second period with three more scores. Trammell scored on a 5-year run, Brennan South hit Caden Flynn with a 70-yard scoring pass and Zach Homerick ran it in from the 3-yard line. For Galion, Middleton and Alsip combined on a 6-yard pass, and on a 62-yard scoring pass. Galion’s Gavin Pennington intercepted a pass on the 7-yard line and ran it in for the Tigers’ final points of the game, making it 49-35.
Trammell led all rushers with 218 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. Schaefer rushed for 85 yards and a score and Homerick had six rushes for 49 yards and two scores. Tedrow had the other rushing touchdown.
Schaefer was 2 of 7 passing for 31 yards and a TD and South was 8-15 passing for 205 yards an one score. Flynn was the top receiver. He caught four passes for 149 yards an one score. Swainhart and Blubaugh also caught touchdown passes.
Clear Fork rushed the ball for 377 yards an 36 carries and threw for another 236 yards on a combined 10-22 passing by Quarterbacks Schaefer and Tedrow, for 613 yards. They turned the ball over just once, on an interception.
In the second half, as the Colts were shutting Galion’s offense down, the scoring slowed down a lot.
Trammel scored on a 2-yard run and Schaefer a 21-yard run to make it 62-35 after three quarters. Homerick got his second — and the final touchdown — of the game, on an 8-yard run with 11:48 to play in the final period. That made the final 69-35.
On defense, the Colts held Galion to 68 rushing yards on 31 attempts. Galion’s passing attack amassed 268 yards on a 14-31 performance by Middleton. Clear Fork had one interception. Michael Chillemi led the Colts with nine tackles, Trammell, Schaefer and Tacoma Orr had five tackles apiece, with Watts getting the lone sack.