By Mark Huber
Friday’s scheduled game between Coldwater and Clinton-Massie at Frank Irelan Field pits two of Ohio’s top high school football programs.
Consider the following:
• Since the 2000 season, Coldwater is the winningest high school football program in the state — 215-28. The Falcons, during that same span, are 165-36.
• The Cavaliers have been to the playoffs 20 consecutive years. Clinton-Massie has been to the playoffs 16 straight years.
• Coldwater had its string of consecutive state championships halted at four in last year’s Div. V championship game. Massie won it two state titles in 2012 and 2013.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The last meeting between the two schools was a 2007 playoff game at the University of Dayton’s Welcome Stadium. Coldwater won that game 63-14.
While Clinton-Massie was defeating East Clinton 56-0 last week, Coldwater held off Kenton 35-28. The Cavs led 28-7 at halftime.
“Coldwater will be a real test for our secondary,” CM coach Dan McSurley said. “They are skill-player heavy and have a really nice quarterback (Sam Broering).”
McSurley said the success of Coldwater in recent years will give them an advantage, despite returning just two starters on defense.
“Their defense will be extremely well coached and they have played in multiple games of this caliber,” McSurley said.
McSurley is concerned that his team hasn’t been challenged since the team’s second scrimmage two weeks ago. They didn’t have a third scrimmage.
“The biggest challenge is not knowing what we have,” McSurley said.
McSurley said his squad is healthy and the play of special teams and overall depth will be to his squad’s advantage.
“I think our kicking game and coverage teams did a good job of keeping EC pinned all night and that needs to continue this week,” he said.
Christian Poynter rushed seven times but scored four touchdowns and gained 108 yards. Overall, Massie gained 498 yards while holding East Clinton to 42 yards on 38 total plays.
“We got a lot of players involved offensively and the defense played very aggressive,” said McSurley.
Luke Richardson and Tanner Olberding had interceptions for Massie. Thomas Myers had two sacks for the CMHS defense.