Clare topped host Roscommon 34-7 on Friday night, putting the Pioneer’s winning streak at five games.
The win also kept the Pioneers perfect in the Jack Pine Conference with Meridian and Beaverton left to play in the regular season.
“I feel good about the way we played,” Clare head coach Kelly Luplow said. “We had some offensive breakdowns at times but we can’t be perfect all the time.”
Zach Tyler started the scoring with a touchdown run in the first quarter, though Hunter Ruby failed on his extra point attempt.
Tyler ran in for another score late in the second quarter, and Colton Punches caught a pass from Tyler for another touchdown to give the Pioneers a 21-0 lead at the half
Tyler passed for another touchdown to Hunter Ruby with 2:23 to play in the third quarter and added another score on the ground early in the fourth quarter.
“He’s been doing that the last few weeks,” Luplow said of Tyler. “He’s been very productive on the ground and in the air. He’s beginning to be a much better decision maker in what we try to do. A lot of guys have progressed on our team.”
Roscommon scored its only points on a Brett Jobin run with 1:12 left to play in the game.
Tyler finished four-of-six passing for 104 yards and two touchdowns and added 15 rushes for 52 yards and three scores. James Simon ran 15 times for 52 yards, Chris Dysinger ran nine times for 35 yards, Spencer Harrell ran nine times for 33 and Colton Punches receivers with three catches for 61 yards. Punches also had an interception.
Joe McGuire led the defense with 14 tackles, Logan Emery had13 tackles and an interception and Mitch Greenacre had eight.
Clare (5-2 overall, 5-0 JPC) hosts Meridian (5-2, 4-1) tonight. With a win, the Pioneers would be in the driver’s seat of clinching their sixth straight league title.
“It’s a big game, not only for the conference championship but for the playoffs because neither of us are in yet,” Luplow said. “Whoever loses has to win the next game to get in. There’s a lot on the line that’s for sure.”