Marc McClain’s football career with the Redmen

web1_BillPhotoThe 1963 Redmen finished 8-1 to wrap up a share of the NOL title with a final victory over the Shelby Whippets, 12-0. The Redmen shared the title with Bucyrus and Willard.

Bellevue lost just four games in four seasons. One of the main reasons was Marc McClain, a regular for four seasons.

Marc McClain first drew attention of fans at the ripe old age of 14 when he was a freshman in 1960.

In his first season, he scored 102 points for the Redmen, including 13 touchdowns. His average per carry that year was 11 yards.

As a sophomore in 1961, McClain score 18 touchdowns for Bellevue and totaled 118 points. He increased his average per carry to 13 yards.

In 1962, as a junior McClain did not carry as much as in the previous two years, his average for that year was 15 yards. During 1962, McClain played only a little better than two quarters in each game because the Redmen were so strong.

During his season year, McClain scored 17 touchdowns and four extra points for a total of 110 points. He carried the ball 151 times and gained 1,629 yards for an amazing average of 10.8 yards per carry. The Redmen gained 3,289 yards rushing in nine games played.

In four years, McClain amassed a total of 408 pints, which included 59 touchdowns. The running back averaged 34 yards on his touchdown jaunts and averaged 13 yards per carry for his career.

Although McClain’s greatest achievements were in football, he played an important part on the BHS track team, where he lettered two years. He also won two varsity letters and captained the golf team. Playing varsity basketball, he proved himself more than capable in bagging his share of points.

He is currently fourth on the all-time BHS career scoring with 851 points.

McClain capped his brilliant athletic career with the following achievements:

• First Team All Northern Ohio League three consecutive years

• Honorable Mention All Ohio, his sophomore year, by the Associated Press and United Press International

• Third Team All Ohio, his junior year, selected by the AP and UPI including second in balloting for “Back of the Year” in the state of Ohio

• Ohio Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW), Ohio Athlete of the Year

• High School All American by Original Wigwam Club of America

• High School All American by National Scholastic Magazine

• Selected as a starter on offense and defense for Ohio High School North-South Game

• Honorable Mention All NOL, junior year, and Second Team All NOL, senior year, in basketball

In all McClain won 12 varsity letters — four in football and basketball, two in track and golf.