Clare improved its winning streak to three games Friday night, topping the visiting county rival Farwell Eagles 37-6 in a Jack Pine Conference football contest.
It was a night to forget for the Eagles, as they amassed just 132 total yards of offense and turned the ball over seven times.
“When you play a good team like Clare, having that many turnovers is a killer,” Farwell head coach Alan Esterline said. “We did have a few defensive three-and-outs early but when they’re on your end of the field the whole night sooner or later they’re going to break through.”
Farwell scored the game’s first touchdown, when Scott Jennings forced the Clare ball-carrier to fumble, which was picked up and returned for an 88 yard touchdown to go up 6-0.
However with just 14 seconds left to play in the first quarter, Pioneer running back Bean Ramos ran in for a 22 yard score to tie the contest at six after the first.
Ramos scored on two more runs in the second quarter, the first on a carry of 10 yards and the second of four to go up 18-6.
Zack Tyler scored on a quarterback keeper with seven seconds to play in the half to put Clare up 24-6 at the half.
Tyler started off the scoring in the second half as well, running in for a score of 17 yards with 6:36 to play until half, with a Hunter Ruby extra point making it 31-6.
Tyler scored the last points of the night, running from 38 yards out with 4:28 to play in the third.
“The kids didn’t quit, they played hard,” Esterline said. “We just made a few mistakes here and there and that just kind of cost us the ball game.”
Farwell was led by Keegan Rohdy with 10 carries and 74 yards, Noah Wilson ran six times for 20 yards and Turner ran 10 times for 15 yards and was two-of-nine passing for 23 yards. Seth Baginski had one catch for 15 yards and Jacob Suttion had one catch for eight.
The defense was led by Ryan Simmons with nine tackles, Baginski had eight, Scott Jennings had seven and Wilson added six. Sutton’s fumble recovery was the only turnover for Clare in the contest.
Clare was led by Tyler who was five-of-10 passing for and ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 15 tries. Ramos finished with 81 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries and James Simon had 22 yards.
Hunter Ruby had two catches for 19 yards and Colton Punches had one catch for 21 yards.
Mitch Greenacre led the defense with 13 tackles and one interception, Joe McGuire and Spencer Harrell both had 11, Nick Montini had 10, Logan Emery had nine and Anthony Whitehead and
The Eagles (2-3 overall, 0-3 JPC) hosts Beaverton (3-2, 1-2) tonight for Homecoming. Farwell topped the Beavers 52-6 last year and have won three years in a row in the series.
“They’re playing well, they’re a solid team and we’re going to have to play well to get a win Friday night,” Esterline said of the Beavers. “The kids have been practicing hard and we’ll find out. It’s homecoming… Hopefully our kids will focus and be ready to go.”
Clare (3-2 overall, 3-0 JPC) hosts Harrison (1-4, 1-2) tonight. The Hornets topped Beaverton last week 41-20. The Pioneers won last year’s meeting 33-17.