FRANKFORT – The ball was in his hands just 12 minutes and 26 seconds in the 48-minute ballgame.
But in that time, Paint Valley quarterback Anthony McFadden still managed to light up the scoreboard four times and become the Bearcats’ all-time leading passer.
On the heels of that performance, the Bearcats (8-1, 5-1 Scioto Valley Conference) handed Adena a 42-9 loss Friday night at Bostic Field in Frankfort.
“This is kind of the game we’ve been waiting on for awhile,” Paint Valley coach Pete Hollon said. “We’ve had some rhythm issues the last few weeks and we kind of got back to doing what we do best. Anthony became our school’s all-time leading passer tonight and he’s been tugging on that record for awhile. But I thought our offensive line gave him time back there and when you can run the ball and throw it like we did tonight, it’s tough for anybody to defend.”
McFadden finished 8-of-9 through the air for 221 yards and four scores of 30 yards or more.
“Breaking the record is definitely a great feeling,” McFadden said. “I’ve worked for that but tonight, I’ve got to give all the credit to my receivers and offensive line. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this. It’s definitely a blessing to have teammates like that.”
McFadden and the offense struck quickly and often.
After forcing Adena to go three-and-out on its first drive, McFadden connected with senior Gavin Mendenhall for a 57-yard touchdown strike to make it 7-0 Bearcats.
The Warriors (5-4, 4-2 SVC) answered with a 10-play, 53-yard drive that ended with a 29-yard field goal, cutting the deficit to 7-3 with 4:54 left in the opening quarter.
Paint Valley responded with yet another touchdown pass, this one a 25-yard bomb to Tony Hatfield, making it 14-3 with 2:38 left in the first.
“You can’t ask for more out of a kid like Anthony,” Hollon said. “He’s as humble as they come and he’s a great all-around football player. When we needed an answer, just like every time we need an answer, he stepped up and gave us one.”
McFadden hit Hatfield again from 37 yards out with 7:14 left to play in the second to give Paint Valley a 21-3 edge. The Warriors made it 21-9 — the halftime score — when Cale Free found the end zone with 2:28 remaining (missed PAT).
In total, Paint Valley’s first half scoring drives were 0:10, 2:12 and 2:05. When the second half began, the quick-striking aerial assault continued.
After running back Teagan McFadden scored on a four-yard run at the 8:33 mark in the third, Anthony McFadden found Hatfield a third time for a 63-yard touchdown pass, giving the Bearcats a 35-9 advantage with 4:21 left in the third.
“Earlier in the season, I wasn’t throwing the ball perfect,” McFadden said. “I think finally we’ve worked on it enough that I’m getting the ball outside and trusting the receivers to go out and make a play.”
Teagan McFadden scored with 11:01 left in the fourth, making it 42-9 and putting a running clock in effect.
Through the air, Anthony threw for four touchdowns on eight completions while Teagan carried the ball 14 times, gaining 131 yards and scoring twice. Hatfield had three catches for 125 yards and three touchdowns while Mendenhall reeled in three receptions for 80 yards and a score.
On the Warriors’ side, quarterback Jake Dawson finished 5-of-10 for 58 yards. Free carried the ball 22 times for 82 yards and a touchdown while Isaac Thomas had 19 rushes for 90 yards.
The Bearcats ran a total of 27 plays for 365 yards — an average of 13.5 per snap. Adena called 63 plays and gained 230 yards of offense.
Next Friday — the last week of the regular season — Paint Valley will continue a playoff push, traveling to Piketon as the Warriors host Unioto on Senior Night.