MORROW — To be the man, you have to beat the man, and that’s exactly what Clinton-Massie did to Associated Press Division IV poll champion Wyoming, 42-14, Friday at Little Miami High School in the Region 16 semifinal.
Massie flipped the script from a year ago from when it finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the state and Wyoming knocked it from the playoffs.
The Falcons (11-1), the fourth seed in Region 16, advance to play third-seed Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at a site to be determined.
Massie dominated both sides of the ball, outgaining the Cowboys nearly 2-to-1 on offense (442-226) and holding Wyoming’s C.J. Hester, who entered the game with 2,418 yards rushing and 35 rushing touchdowns, to 62 yards on 18 carries and no touchdowns.
“It’s probably the best defensive and offensive effort we had all year,” CM head coach Dan McSurley said. “Our safeties played well. We had these guys’ number. The biggest takeaway is we stopped Hester. We held him in check all night. He wasn’t going to beat us tonight.”
Perhaps Massie’s greatest defensive stand came at the end of the first half. Leading 21-8, Wyoming marched to the Massie 9 with 17 seconds left. Two incomplete passes sandwiched around a big stop by Colton Trampler who stuck Hester coming in the backfield on a passing route preserved that margin going into the intermission.
“That was one of their go-to plays. They hit him last year on that same kind of play, and they got one over on us,” McSurley said. “We were keying on Hester. He was going to have to be Superman tonight, and he wasn’t able to.”
CM exerted its authority on its first drive of the second half with a ground-chewing, nine-play, 66-yard drive that spanned about five minutes. Kody Zantene scrambled 23 yards and dived at the pylon for the score and 28-8 Falcon cushion.
Four plays later, Wyoming quarterback Quaid Hauer’s pass pinballed among three players before ending up in the hands of Massie defensive lineman Leyton Bell.
“That pick right there was big,” McSurley said. “We’re flying to the ball, and when you have defensive linemen getting interceptions on a screen play, you can’t ask for anything more as a coach.”
Massie made Wyoming pay with a five-play, 58-yard drive that ended with the Falcons up 35-8 after Trampler barreled into the end zone from five yards out.
Trampler, who finished with 119 yards on 16 carries, also tacked on another touchdown in the fourth quarter to set the final score.
Zantene and Carson Vanhoose also cracked the century mark rushing. Zantene had six carries for 118 yards. He scored Massie’s first touchdown after faking out the Cowboys defense and scampering 29 yards to paydirt.
Vanhoose scored a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter on runs of 1 and 62 yards. He finished with 157 yards on 15 attempts.
November 12, 2021
Region 16 Semifinal
@Little Miami High School
Clinton-Massie 42 Wyoming 14
CM: Kody Zantene 29 yard run (Ean McGuinness PAT) 1:45
W: Sam Prangley 63 yard pass from Quaid Hauer (CJ Hester run) 0:40
CM: Carson Vanhoose 1 yard run (Ean McGuinness PAT) 5:59
CM: Carson Vanhoose 62 yard run (Ean McGuinness PAT) 2:58
CM: Kody Zantene 22 yard run (Ean McGuinness PAT) 6:42
CM: Colton Trampler 5 yard run (Ean McGuinness PAT) 2:48
W: Tony Blair 10 yard pass from Quaid Hauer (Pass failed) 9:25
CM: Colton Trampler 1 yard run (Ean McGuinness PAT) 3:52
PASS (14-27-1): Hauer 14-25-1, 168 yards 2 TD; O’Gara 0-2
RUSH (21-58): Hester 18-62, Hauer 2-2, Gray 1-(-6)
RECEIVE: O’Gara 5-131-1, Svendsen 3-18
DEFENSE: O’Gara 7 tackles, Gray 6 tackles, Howard 5 tackles
PASS: Zantene 0-1
RUSH (48-442): Vanhoose 15-157-2, Trampler 16-119-2, Zantene 6-118-2, Frank 11-48
DEFENSE: Trampler 6, 1.5 TFL; Frank 4.5, Bell 4.5, Wildermuth 3, Ireland 2.5, Avey 2.5, McDowell 2, Euton 2, Mobley 1.5, Zantene 1.5, Lamb 1.5, Smith 1.5, Conley 1.5, Rolf 1, Keck 0.5, Green 0.5, Trick 0.5, Clutter 0.5