"After the loss, we started practicing with more intensity," McClease said. "I learned that we can't take any team for granted and we can't roll over for anybody."
McClease has enjoyed his sophomore season.
"So far, the season has been everything I thought it would be," he said. "As the season has gone on, I've gotten more adjusted to things. We have also developed good team chemistry."
His high level of play has not gone unnoticed.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound running back is hoping to hear from some other schools.
For now, McClease's focus is on winning another state championship. But he knows it will not be easy.
"We've got to kick it up another notch," he said. "Everybody has to just continue to mature and play their assignments. Everyone just needs to play their roles and just listen to our coach."
Oscar Smith takes on Bayside tonight in the first round of the state playoffs.