COLUMBUS – Clinton-Massie, ranked ninth in the Ohio Associated Press Division IV high school football poll, spoiled homecoming for Columbus Bishop Hartley, No. 1 in Division III, emerging with a 24-14 victory.
The victory ended Hartley’s 15-game home winning streak. The Hawks (4-1) last home loss was the 2017 season opener.
“Without a doubt, that’s one of the top ones,” CM head coach Dan McSurley said about where this ranks among regular-season wins. “Anytime you can beat the No. 1 ranked team in the state of Ohio, and you’re playing up a division … Hartley is a talented group. Our kids stepped up. I’m so proud of them.”
Massie (4-1) forced four Hartley (4-1) turnovers, including a fumble that led to the last of Brendan Lamb’s three touchdowns and the Falcon 24-14 lead with 4:59 left in the contest.
Lamb finished with 256 yards on 30 carries.
“He’s probably one of the most unknown players in the state, and right now (Lamb) just stepped onto the scene. I think people are going to start recognizing his ability,” McSurley said. “And everybody came into the year talking about (our offensive line) being undersized, and we graduated all these big guys. I’ll tell you what, the big guys are nice to have, but when you have little guys like those guys, those guys just fought and wore those guys down. We just whipped them up front. That’s Clinton-Massie football.”
Falcon defenders picked off Hartley signal-caller Miles Fleming three times, the last of which came at the Massie 38 with 4:34 left in the game. Massie ran out the clock.
The teams were knotted at 7-7 at the break, and traded scores the first three drives of the second half. Massie thwarted two other Hartley threats with interceptions at the CM 24 and in the end zone.
“This is the hardest-working defensive staff I’ve ever been part of. If you don’t get your kids into position, you don’t make those plays. This was all coaching and players wrapping their heads around the game plan. Period,” McSurley said.
CM chewed 6:55 off the clock with its second-half opening drive that ended with Trevor McGuinness’ 20-yard field; Massie converted a fake punt on 4th-and-3 at the Harley 49 on the drive. Hartley then went 70 yards in nine plays to retake the lead. The Falcons went back up, 17-14, on 10-play, 76-yard drive.
Hartley’s fumble that led to Massie making it a two-score game came two plays after Massie took the lead for good.
Sept 27, 2019
@Hartley High School
Clinton-Massie 24 Bishop Hartley 14
HHS – Kenny 18 run (Hawk kick), 6:54.
CM – Lamb 3 run (McGuinness kick), 1:32.
CM – McGuinness 20 FG, 5:05.
HHS – Kenny 39 pass from Fleming (Hawk kick) :20.
CM – Lamb 1 run (McGuinness kick), 8:02.
CM – Lamb 2 run (McGuinness kick), 4:59.
RUSHING – Clinton-Massie Lamb 30-256, Frederick 13-49, Olberding 6-39, Vanhoose 3-0, Total 52-344. Hartley: J. January 16-59, Kenny 4-59, Fleming 6-49, Sawyer 8-32, Parker 4-11, Total 38-210.
PASSING – Clinton-Massie Olberding 2-2 12. Hartley Fleming 3-8-3 70.
RECEIVING – Clinton-Massie Frederick 1-10, Vanhoose 1-2. Hartley Kenny 3-70.
Shawn Robinson covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @twinzdad01.