As the Region 16 No. 1 seed, Valley View comes into Friday night’s regional semifinal with Clinton-Massie toting around a strong resume.
The Spartans and the Falcons will meet 7:30 p.m. Friday at Beavercreek High School. The winner advances to play either Wyoming or Indian Hill on Nov. 17 at a site to be determined by the OHSAA.
Valley View is 11-0 and has posted consecutive shutouts, including a 42-0 win over Waverly in the playoff opener. The Spartans have had only two close outcomes this season – a 24-21 win over Fort Recovery and a 41-34 win over Bellbrook.
“They are overall a solid defense,” Clinton-Massie running back Christian Poynter said.
Clinton-Massie is 10-1 and plays in the Southern Buckeye Athletic & Academic Conference’s American Division.
The Spartans played Wilmington in the season opener and defeated the Hurricane 52-31. The game was tied at 31-31 going into the fourth quarter but Valley View erupted for 21 straight points to pull away.
Valley View is a member of the Southwestern Buckeye League.
The Spartans have held five other opponents to seven or fewer points and have scored at least 24 points in each game. They have averaged 41 points per game in 2017.
Massie and Valley View met in the second round of the 2005 playoffs. The Spartans were the No. 1 seed that season and Clinton-Massie was the No. 4 seed. Valley View won the game 35-20.
Collin Wood is the Spartans signal-caller. He completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,319 yards and 15 touchdowns in the regular season. He threw just one interception.
PJ Varnadoe averaged 20 yards per catch (25-510) and had five touchdowns. Will Harshberger had 12 catches and scored five times. He also is the punter and has a 38-yard average. The only punt returned this season aganist Harshberger went for minus-one yard.
On the ground, Valley View rushed for 2,662 yards and 40 touchdowns. Collin Genslinger carried 66 times – most on the team – and converted those attempts in to 777 yards and nine touchdowns. He was second team All-Ohio in 2016. Wood also scored nine touchdowns on the ground.
Christian Meyers has a big leg and hit two field goals and 39 extra point kicks.
Logan Hannah is the leader of the stout Valley View defense. He earned top defensive player honors in the SWBL. He had more than 150 tackles this season and is Valley View’s all-time leading tackler.
Adam Valenti, a second team All-Ohio player a year ago, had 6.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries as the key playmakers for the Spartans.
Stone Day, a senior defensive lineman, won’t have eye-popping stats but was second team All-Ohio last season.
Austin Clark, a senior defensive back, picked off six opponents passes. Clark also keyed the special teams unit with two kickoff and one punt return for touchdowns.
“Valley View is a very explosive team offensively and can score with their return units,” CM head coach Dan McSurley said. “We must control the ball on offense and limit their opportunities. Our coverage teams need to keep them backed up.”
Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports
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