With late surge, Massie pulls away from Shawnee 30-7


ADAMS TOWNSHIP – Clinton-Massie pulled out a special 30-7 victory over Springfield Shawnee Friday.

Supporting an offense that sputtered until late, the Falcons (3-0) got a 34-yard Derick Carlisle field goal and Thomas Myers blocked punt that Daulton Wolfe landed on in the end zone to help build a 17-0 lead, and then crushed the Braves (1-2) with a 92-yard Luke Richardson kickoff return for a touchdown.

Richardson’s 12-second sprint to paydirt erased any momentum Shawnee had when Hayden Lawhorn hauled in a jump ball from Robie Glass on the previous play early in the fourth quarter to cut Massie’s lead to 17-7.

The Falcons finished off Shawnee with a Grant Rudy 40-yard rumble to the end zone set up by a 40-yard punt return by Garrett Trampler. Cody Collingham escorted Rudy to the goal line with a pancake block.

Massie’s first drive ended with an interception and the drive after Carlisle’s field goal ended with a botched punt snap the Braves recovered on the Falcons 15. CM punted the drive after that.

And even heading into halftime, Massie was heading backward, going from 1st-and-10 at the Shawnee 15 to 3rd-and-25 at the 30. But that’s when Corey Stulz’s jump ball of his own eluded the outstretched hands of a Shawnee defender and fell into Richardson’s.

“Our offense probably took a step back,” CM head coach Dan McSurley said. “We have some young guys playing for the first time up front. They are going to have to mentally figure it out. Teams aren’t going to line up in what you practice for. They’re going to mix it up. We have to do a lot better job mentally at picking up blitzes and getting the back side block.”

Shawnee’s score was the only one in the two meetings between the teams this season and last. The Braves reached the Massie on five other occasions Friday and came away with zero points.

“Tonight it was all about defense, I think they actually improved from last week. We had that snap that went over Thomas’ head, and our defense made them go straight back,” McSurley said. “Our defense is playing well right now.”

Massie had nine tackles for loss, led by Myers with four and Weston Trampler with three.

SUMMARY

Sept 8, 2017

@Frank M. Irelan Field

Clinton-Massie 30 Shawnee 7

CM 03.07.07.13…..30

SH 00.00.00.07…..07

First quarter

CM-Derek Carlisle 34 yard field goals 3:08

Second quarter

CM-Luke Richardson 30 yard pass from Corey Stulz (Derek Carlisle PAT) 0:36

Third quarter

CM-Daulton Wolfe recovered punt block in end zone (Derek Carlisle PAT) 9:55

Fourth quarter

SH-Hayden Lawhorn 32 yard pass from Billy Lord (Jacob Young PAT) 10:12

CM-Luke Richardson 92 yard kickoff return (Derek Carlisle PAT) 10:00

CM-Grant Rudy 40 yard run (Derek Carlisle PAT) 6:44

Team stats

SHAWNEE – first downs 10; 42 rush, 134 pass, 176 total yards; 11-18-0 passing; 30-42 rushing; fumbles/lost 1-0; penalties 9-75

MASSIE – first downs 16; 220 rush, 30 pass, 250 total yards; 1-3-1 passing, 45-220 rushing; fumbles/lost 2-0; penalties 8-80

Individual stats

Rushing: SH-Robie Glass 19-24; Dominic Finch 3-18; Matt Guyer 5-14; Jaden Hall 1-(-2); Billy Lord 1-(-6); Aaron Schack 1-(-6); CM-Christian Poynter 16-112; Grant Rudy 7-70; Cody Collingham 12-59; Corey Stulz 9-0; Thomas Myers 1-(-21)

Passing: SH-Billy Lord 10-14-0, 131 yards, 1 TD; Robie Glass 1-4-0, 3 yards. CM-Corey Stulz 1-3-1, 30 yards, 1 TD

Receiving: SH-Hayden Lawhorn 3-66-1, Dominic Finch 4-28-0, Robie Glass 1-25-0, Aaron Schack 2-15-0, Jaden Hall 1-0-0. CM-Luke Richardson 1-30-1

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By Shawn Robinson

WNJ Sports Writer

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