Miami Trace dominates Cavaliers at home in a dominant manner

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WOUB)— The Miami Trace Panthers (5-3) defended their home turf against the Chillicothe Cavaliers (1-7) in this Frontier Athletic Conference matchup.  

Miami Trace took the opening kickoff and easily drove down the field, displaying their strong running game capped off with a passing touchdown from quarterback Trey Robinette to Cooper Enochs to take an early 7-0 lead. 

Having given up a touchdown, Chillicothe geared up for a drive of their own, however they would fail to come up with the ball after the Panthers elected for an onside kick. Miami Trace would recover the ball and begin their second drive of the night beginning on their own 49-yard line.  

This drive would be reminiscent of the first, running the ball seven times in 10 plays, finishing with a 15-yard touchdown run by Asher LeBeau to make it 14-0.  

With a few minutes remaining in the 1st quarter, the Cavaliers sought to stay in this game, electing to pass the ball frequently. Quarterback Caden Eblin showed off, driving down the field quickly and finishing with a touchdown pass to tight end Coen Butler to cut the lead in half, 14-7. 

Chillicothe would carry this momentum into the 2nd quarter as their defense would force a punt after a long six-minute drive. The Cavaliers would then drive down the field themselves, however they would stall at the Panther’s 27-yard line, turning over the ball on downs after Coen Butler was brought down just a yard short.  

With about three minutes remaining, Miami Trace capitalized on Chillicothe’s offensive struggles. Thanks to a 38-yard run from Asher LeBeau, the Panthers were then able to run it in for another touchdown to bring the score to 21-7.  

The Cavaliers’ offensive struggles would continue for the rest of the half, as they would fumble in back-to-back drives. Miami Trace capitalized on both fumbles, scoring touchdowns after each, taking a strong 34-7 lead to end the half. 

Heading into the second half, Chillicothe would need a miracle, but the Panthers would keep their foot on the gas, allowing no touchdowns and continuing to score on offense, culminating in a dominant 47-7 victory at home. 

Miami Trace would advance to 5-3 on the season, while the Cavaliers would fall further to 1-7. The Panthers will face Hillsboro next week, while Chillicothe hopes to get back in the win column next week against Washington Courthouse.