WILMINGTON – Not a bad Friday night for Clinton-Massie, despite the weather.
The Falcons notched their fourth straight Backyard Bash versus county and Southern Buckeye Athletic & Academic Conference rival Wilmington, 48-0, at Alumni Field.
Combined with New Richmond’s victory over Goshen, the Falcons (9-1, 4-1) wrapped up a share of the American Division title with those two aforementioned teams.
And, Clinton-Massie likely secured a first-round Region 16 playoff game at home, pending the Ohio High School Athletic Association announcement Sunday.
Massie got on the board before its offense even touched the ball with Garrett Trampler’s 78-yard punt return for touchdown after Wilmington’s drive to start the game.
Wilmington (6-4, 2-3) looked poised to equalize on its next drive but Luke Richardson’s interception on the CM 6 squashed that threat. Richardson received CM defensive player of the game honors for his efforts.
Massie couldn’t make Wilmington pay for that miscue but did make Wilmington pay for a pair of mistakes moments later to go up 14-0. After a 13-yard Hurricane punt, Massie marched to the Wilmington 23 and got a Hurricane unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to get to the 9 from where Christian Poynter scored the first of his three touchdowns.
Wilmington’s next drive ended in a blocked punt, which Poynter cashed in four plays later to build a 20-0 Clinton-Massie cushion.
The Falcons took a 27-0 margin into the intermission, again turning a Wilmington gaffe into points. This time, it was a Grant Rudy 21-yard scoring romp three plays after a Griffin Laake interception.
Poynter’s final touchdown of the night at the 4:04 mark of the third quarter extended Massie’s lead to 34-0 and activated the running clock.
Poynter was the Falcons’ offensive player of the game.
CM wrapped up the scoring with two fourth-quarter tallies, including Trampler’s second punt return of the evening. Trampler received CM special teams player of the game honors for his efforts.
Other Backyard Bash honorees include Rory Bell, Wilmington special teams player of the game; Sloan Marsh, Wilmington defensive player of the game; D.J. Ames, Wilmington offensive player of the game; Brock Speaks, Clinton-Massie scout player of the week; and Dominic Davidson, Wilmington scout player of the week.
Oct 27, 2017
Clinton-Massie 48 Wilmington 0
CM-Garrett Trampler 78 yard punt return (Derick Carlisle PAT) 8:46
CM-Christian Poynter 9 yard run (Derick Carlisle PAT) 11:56
CM-Christian Poynter 2 yard run (PAT failed) 9:26
CM-Grant Rudy 21 yard run (Derick Carlisle PAT) 6:23
CM-Christian Poynter 13 yard run (Derick Carlisle PAT) 4:04
CM-Cody Collingham 11 yard run (Derick Carlisle PAT) 7:30
CM-Garrett Trampler 62 yard punt return (Derick Carlisle PAT) 2:12
CLINTON-MASSIE: 40 plays, 16 first downs, 277 yards (255 rush, 22 pass); 1-2-0 passing; 38-255 rush; Penalties 8-100; Fumbles-Lost 1-0
WILMINGTON: 42 plays, 9 first downs, 125 yards (70 rush, 55 pass); 6-20-2 passing, 22-70 rush; Penalties 7-90; Fumbles Lost 0-0
RUSHING: CM: Poynter 16-124-3, Collingham 7-47-1, Rudy 9-45-1, Stulz 4-26-0, Weston Trampler 1-11, Richardson 1-2; WHS: Ames 13-71, Schiff 2-17, McIntosh 7-(-18)
PASSING: CM: Stulz 1-2-0, 22 yards; W: McIntosh 6-19-2, 55 yards, Ames 0-1-0
RECEIVING: CM: Richardson 1-22-0; W: Coomer 2-21-0, Smith 2-19-0, Mansfield 1-12-0, Schiff 1-3-0, Ames 1-0-0
TACKLES: CM: Laake 7, Beam 6, Uetrecht 5, Richardson 5, W. Trampler 4, Passarge 4, Sheeley 4, Allgeyer 4, G. Trampler 3, Myers 2, Wolfe 1, Noble 1, Brothers 1, Olberding 1; W: Cherisca 7, Marsh 6, Bell 4, Eastes 3, Reed 3, Rockhold 2, Mitchell 2, Hickey 2, Ford 2, Ames 1, McIntosh 1, Coomer 1, Davis 1, Taylor 1, Evans 1, Frazier 1, Gunkel 1, Barton 1
Shawn Robinson covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @twinzdad01