BATAVIA – The sign welcoming Batavia to the field Friday read “2017 The Year The falcons Went extinct.” The only thing snuffed out was any chance the Bulldogs had of beating Clinton-Massie … early.
The Falcons scored 44 seconds into the game, just two plays after Batavia fumbled on its first play. Then it was a Luke Richardson’s 45-yard pick six five minutes later. Then it was a 56-yard Garrett Trampler punt return for TD two minutes after that. And finally, another two minutes later, a one-play drive where Corey Stulz hit Richardson in stride for 70-yard touchdown where he coasted to paydirt.
When the clock finally hit 0:00 on the first quarter clock, Massie led 27-0 and had just three offensive plays.
The Falcons would go on to mark its triumphant return to the Southern Buckeye Athletic & Academic Conference and spoil Batavia’s homecoming with a 62-0 victory.
Christian Poynter, who notched Massie’s first score, reached the end zone again 9:32 before the intermission to virtually guarantee a second-half running clock and twice more before the break to ensure it.
Clinton-Massie’s offensive starters took off the second half. The Falcons subs picked up where the starters left off, marching down the field for scores on both second-half drives.
Batavia (4-2) never crossed midfield and only had 20 yards of total offense.
No conference foe – South Central Ohio League or SBAAC – has upended Massie (6-0) in the last 13 conference openers or the last 60 games overall.
Sept 29 2017
@Batavia High School
Clinton-Massie 62 Batavia 0
CM – Poynter 17 run (Carlisle kick), 11:16.
CM – Richardson 45 interception return (Conversion failed), 6:52.
CM – G. Trampler 56 punt return (Carlisle kick), 4:29.
CM – Richardson 70 pass from Stulz (Carlisle kick), 2:03.
CM – Poynter 9 run (Carlisle kick), 9:32.
CM – Poynter 11 run (Kick failed), 6:06.
CM – Poynter 5 run (Carlisle kick), :07.
CM – Seaman 4 run (Carlisle kick), 3:02.
CM – Frederick 4 run, (Conversion pass), 4:43.
RUSHING – Clinton-Massie Collingham 6-67, Frederick 9-67, Poynter 6-53, Stulz 4-47, Brice Seaman 6-41, Blake Seaman 3-11, Rudy 3-2. Total 37-288. Batavia Gerrard 10-16, Griffin 4-8, Brookbank 4-7, A. Jones 2-4, Hellman 1-(-2). W. Scaggs 7-(-24). Total 28-9.
PASSING – Clinton-Massie Stulz 1-1 70. Batavia W. Scaggs 2-8-2 11.
RECEIVING – Clinton-Massie Richardson 1-70. Batavia Moell 2-11.
News Journal | Elizabeth Clark
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