BEREA — Jayden Cunningham provided a much-needed spark for the Pirates with an impressive display of strength and determination.
The momentum from a highlight-reel touchdown, though, didn't last long.
Clinton County got the ball back and once again marched right down the field for a score.
The Pirates never recovered from that counter-punch.
Quarterback Chase Stines had seven touchdowns (six passing, one rushing) as the Bulldogs opened the season with a 48-14 win over Berea Community at Duerson Field.
Clinton County blitzed out to a 28-0 lead and snapped Berea's eight-game non-district winning streak.
Stines did most of the damage.
The senior quarterback scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter, then hooked up with junior wide receiver Byron Cross on four first-half scores.
Adam Herald had two touchdown receptions in the second half — including a 75-yarder.
Berea trailed 28-0 after Cross' third touchdown catch, but answered back. Cunningham took the handoff and was mobbed by several Clinton County players. He never went down, fighting off a handful of would-be tacklers before breaking loose on a 72-yard touchdown run.
Cross scored again with 2:13 left in the second quarter, then Clinton County put the game into a running clock situation with a quick touchdown in the third quarter.
Berea quarterback Jayson Coburn hit Jaiden Smith had a 7-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
The Pirates are set to return to action next Friday at Sayre.