Falcons dominate Cavaliers in 24-14 win


ADAMS TOWNSHIP — Luke Richardson made back-to-back plays on both sides of the ball late in the game as Clinton-Massie survived the cold rain and Coldwater 24-14 Friday night at Frank M. Irelan Field.

The win puts the Falcons at 2-0 but clearly makes a much bigger statement coming against the winningest high school football program in the state since 2000.

Coldwater drops to 1-1.

After building a 17-0 lead, the Falcons saw their advantage dip to just three early in the fourth quarter. Facing a third and 6 from the CM 43-yard line with 4:48 to play in the game, head coach Dan McSurley had a decision — run the ball and take time off the clock, or try to surprise the Cavaliers.

McSurley opted for the surprise.

CM quarterback Corey Stulz hooked up with Richardson for a 57-yard scoring play that gave Massie a more comfortable lead at 23-14. Derick Carlisle’s extra point made it 24-14.

On Coldwater’s ensuring possession, Richardson all but sealed the win with an interception.

The game was all Massie in the first half.

The two teams’ defenses forced some quick possessions to open the game. After Coldwater completed a 30-yard pass to open their first drive, the Falcon defense stiffened, allowing no gain, an incompletion then a big sack by junior Tyler Beam to force a punt.

After a Coldwater punt with the wind, Massie started on their own 5. After a 10-yard keeper by junior quarterback Corey Stulz, four plays later a Falcon punt into the wind for 22 yards gave it to Coldwater on the CM 47. The teams were scoreless after a quarter.

In the second quarter, after the defense forced a three-and-out, after six plays on 4th and 1 at their own 42, the Falcons failed on a fake punt.

A 61-yard punt by Massie’s Thomas Myers gave Coldwater the ball on their own 19. A pass to the left side by quarterback Sam Broering was tipped and picked off by Massie’s Christian Poynter, who was tackled at the Coldwater 18 at the 9:35 mark.

After a 4-yard run by Poynter, he ran over the right side through several tacklers from 14 yards out for the first score of the game. Derick Carlisle’s PAT made it 7-0 with 8:35 on the clock.

The Falcons forced anther three-and-out after a sack by Samuel Brothers. The Cavaliers punted and the Falcons took over on their own 48.

The Falcons then ran off 8 plays down to the 8. Poynter ran it into the end zone but a holding penalty nullified the play. Four plays later and after several timeouts, with 5.9 seconds left in the half Carlisle nailed a 25-yard field goal and the Falcons went into the locker room up 10-0.

In the first half, Massie’s stout defense held the Cavaliers’ shotgun offense to just 11 total yards on 15 plays — even with the 30-yard gain to open the game, their only first down of the half.

Massie racked up 146 yards on 29 carries with one failed pass attempt in the opening half.

In the second half, the Coldwater offense came alive with some big passing plays from quarterback Sam Broering to receiver Ben Wenning to make it a tight game.

But the Massie running game combined with timely plays on defense sealed a second straight win for the Falcons.

SUMMARY

Sept 1 2017

@Frank M. Irelan Field

Clinton-Massie 24 Coldwater 14

CO 00.00.07.07…..14

CM 00.10.07.07…..24

SCORING

• First quarter

No scoring

• Second quarter

CM-Christian Poynter 14 yard run (Derick Carlisle PAT) 8:35

CM-Derick Carlisle 26 yard field goal 0:02

• Third quarter

CM-Christian Poynter 16 yard run (Derick Carlisle PAT) 6:31

CO-Ben Wenning 55 yard pass from Sam Broering (Blake Dippold PAT) 5:22

• Fourth quarter

CO-Ben Wenning 79 yard pass from Sam Broering (Blake Dippold PAT) 10:24

CM-Luke Richardson 57 yard pass from Corey Stulz (Derick Carlisle PAT) 4:37

TEAM STATS

Plays-CO 35 CM 63; First downs-CO 8 CM 16; Total yards-CO 186 (-8 rushing, 194 passing) CM 345 (273 rushing 72 passing); Rushing yards-CO 13-(-8) CM 60-273; Passing-CO 9-22-2 CM 2-3-0; Penalties CO 1-5, CM 6-60; Fumbles-Lost CO 0-0 CM 0-0

INDIVIDUAL STATS

Rushing: Coldwater-Giere 3-16, J. Wenning 1-1, B. Wenning 2-1, Broering 7-(-26); Clinton-Massie Poynter 29-165, Collingham 10-50, Stulz 13-36, Rudy 8-22

Passing: Coldwater-Broering 9-22, 194 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT; Clinton-Massie Stulz 2-3, 72 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT

Receiving: Coldwater-B. Wenning 2-134, Hartings 3-30, Dippold 3-16 Obringer 1-14; Clinton-Massie Richardson 2-72

Tackles: Coldwater-Schwieterman 13 Albers 10.5; Clinton-Massie-Trampler 4 Beam 3.5 Sheeley 3 Uetrecht 3 Laake 2.5 Brothers 2.5 Poynter 2 Frederick 1 Seaman 1 Myers 0.5

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Clinton-Massie’s Spencer Branham (51) and Thomas Myers (9) celebrate in the half of Friday night’s 24-14 win over Coldwater.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_FB2_cmmyersbranhamEC.jpgClinton-Massie’s Spencer Branham (51) and Thomas Myers (9) celebrate in the half of Friday night’s 24-14 win over Coldwater.
Falcons pick up statement win over one of Ohio’s best programs

By Tom Barr

tbarr@wnewsj.com

Tom Barr is the editor of the News Journal. He can be reached at tbarr@wnewsj.com.