From time to time, high school sports is put into perspective.
Such was the case last week when Blanchester visited Frank Irelan Field for the renewal of the Cider Keg game.
The teams haven’t played in two years and their was excitement about the two county rivals squaring off again.
But Clinton-Massie coach Brian Mudd was the center of attention as he continues his battle with brain cancer. Fans from both sides showed their support and respective for the Hall of Famer.
“It was a real honor to be a part of the two community’s coming together for the tribute to the Mudd family,” CM football coach Dan McSurley said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their family in a difficult time.”
On the field, the Falcons defeated the Wildcats 38-3. Brendan Lamb went for 255 yards and three touchdowns on 22 attempts. Robby Frederick complemented Lamb with 100 yards and two scores on the ground. In all, the Falcons rushed for 395 yards.
“I though Blanchester played extremely hard and gave a great effort the whole night,” said McSurley. “We played fairly clean and mistake-free and grinded out a tough win.”
The Massie defense continues to shine, holding Blanchester to 55 yards total offense. The Wildcats averaged 1.2 yards on 24 rushing attempts.
“The defense is starting to take shape and play really fast,” the CM coach said.
The return of Garrett Trampler from injury and the rotating defensive linemen will help the Falcons as the season continues.
This week, the Hartley Hawks will host the Falcons. The Hawks are 4-0 on the year and flexing their muscle in the Div. III Region 11 standings.
“The Hartley game this week may be the biggest challenge since the Steubenville state championship game in 2017,” McSurley said. “They’re loaded with talent and speed. We’re preparing for this like a state final. When you play in these type games you need to be loose and just have fun.”
Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @wnjsports