Zane Trace wins high-scoring game to hand Piketon first loss of season

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PIKETON, Ohio (WOUB) — The Pioneers of Zane Trace came into enemy territory this past Friday night to take on the Piketon Redstreaks in both teams’ second game of SVC play. 

It was a gorgeous night for high school football in Southeast Ohio. As the sun began to set on Piketon High School, this game was just starting to heat up. 

In the first quarter, Piketon opened up the scoring with a 17-yard passing touchdown from Luke Gullion to wide receiver Brent McGuire, with a beautiful toe-touch in the corner of the endzone to come down with the grab. 

The Redstreaks would shut down the Pioneers’ offense for the rest of the first quarter, but we saw that change early on in the second, with a Riley Hartsaugh touchdown run. 

This quarter became an all-out smoke show for Zane Trace. The Pioneers recovered a fumble and powered the ball into the endzone on the ensuing drive courtesy of a Blake Phillips touchdown. Zane Trace and their defense would come up with a huge stop on fourth down from Aaden Dunn. The defensive overload would continue for Zane Trace, as that man Blake Phillips did it once again, this time intercepting the ball. The Pioneers could not muster any offense from those turnovers and went into the half with the lead 14-6. 

 Zane Trace was not shying away from the offensive magic, as Blake Phillips punched the ball into the endzone for the first score of the second half. 

 Piketon was not going to go away without a fight. Zane Brownfield got the Redstreaks back on the board with a seven-yard rushing score, the two-PT conversion was unsuccessful, 21-12 Zane Trace. 

 Later on in the third quarter, the Redstreaks were looking to pounce again, but Coen Larson had different ideas, as he picked off Gullion’s pass and the Pioneers took back possession. 

 Into the fourth quarter we go, Carter Langley stomps his way into the endzone for the next Zane Trace score, 35-12 Pioneers. 

 Brent McGuire gets his second touchdown of the game mid-point of the fourth quarter, and once again the Zane Trace defense makes the stop on the two-PT attempt, 35-18 Pioneers. 

 Piketon was not going to go away just yet. Mason Thacker did his best job at clawing back into the game, with a late fourth-quarter touchdown.  

 Zane Trace hung on to win the contest by a final score of 35-24, for their second conference win of the season.