GOSHEN – Gerardo Espinosa-Ley’s 25-yard field goal as time expired gave Goshen a 33-31 victory over Clinton-Massie Friday at Goshen’s Jim Brown Stadium.
It’s Clinton-Massie’s first league loss – in either the South Central Ohio League or Southern Buckeye Conference – in 10 years and a day. That came 61 games ago at Washington Court House on Oct. 12, 2007.
“We needed a game like that. It’s rare that you go through a season untested. The teams that are tested are the ones that can fight through adversity and can make plays in big situations,” Clinton-Massie head coach Dan McSurley said. “We have some big, lofty goals ahead of us. We learned a lot out of this. Our defense was exposed a little bit. They had our number tonight. They were playing with a lot of intensity. They were fired up, and it showed from the get-go.”
Espinosa-Ley’s game-winning boot came 2:25 after Massie took its first lead since 14-7 late in the first half on a 22-yard pass from Corey Stulz to Luke Richardson on 4th-and-5.
Goshen drew first blood in the back-and-forth affair on its first drive of the game with Kyle Proffitt’s three-yard touchdown pass to Payton Leugers. It was a play after Massie had stopped the Warriors on third-and-goal at the 1 but a Falcon personal foul kept alive the drive.
Christian Poynter, who finished with 211 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries, saw Goshen’s score and raised it another just before the break.
Goshen pulled even, 14-14, less than a minute later with Leugers’ second touchdown grab, which bounced off his hands and helmet.
The Warriors (8-0, 3-0 American Division) started the second half with a 96-yard drive to go up 20-14. This one stayed alive with two Massie penalties on one play – running into the punter and a personal foul on a punt from midfield.
CM (7-1, 2-1) cut Goshen’s lead in half five minutes later, 20-17, with a Derick Carlisle 25-yard field goal.
The Warriors didn’t waste any time responding. Do-everything back Jimmy Strunk returned the ensuing kickoff to the CM 38. On the very next play, it was Proffitt to Logan Mantz for a 27-17 lead.
Strunk finished with 175 yards on 21 carries and added another 59 on kick returns.
Proffitt completed 11-of-19 passes for 254 yards and four touchdowns.
Massie wouldn’t go away, and again, it was Poynter who cut Goshen’s advantage to a field goal, 27-24, on the very next drive.
The Falcons held Goshen to a field goal on the next drive, giving them 4:52 seconds to tie and take the lead with a touchdown and extra point.
Oct 13 2017
@Jim Brown Stadium
Goshen 33 Clinton-Massie 31
G-Payton Leugers 3 yard pass from Kyle Proffitt (Gerardo Espinosa-Ley PAT) 3:58
CM-Christian Poynter 53 yard run (Derick Carlisle PAT) 6:09
CM-Christian Poynter 6 yard run (Derick Carlisle PAT) 1:21
G-Payton Leugers 32 yard pass from Kyle Proffitt (Gerardo Espinosa-Ley PAT) 0:34
G-Payton Leugers 25 yard pass from Kyle Proffitt (Gerardo Espinosa-Ley PAT) 7:32
CM-Derick Carlisle 25 yard field goal 2:00
G-Logan Mantz 38 yard pass from Kyle Proffitt (Gerardo Espinosa-Ley PAT) 1:39
CM-Christian Poynter 6 yard run (Derick Carlisle PAT) 10:17
G-Gerardo Espinosa-Ley 31 yard field goal 4:52
CM-Luke Richardson 22 yard pass from Corey Stulz (Derick Carlisle PAT) 2:25
G-Gerardo Espinosa-Ley 25 yard field goal 0:00
Goshen: 55 plays, 462 yards (208 rushing, 254 passing); 36-208 rush; 11-19-0 passing; Fumbles-Lost 0-0; Penalties 4-30
Clinton-Massie: 54 plays 388 yards (334 rushing, 54 passing); 52-334 rush; 2-2-0 passing; Fumbles-Lost 2-2; Penalties 6-50
RUSHING: CM-Poynter 32-211-3, Collingham 8-74-0; Rudy 7-33-0; Stulz 3-17, Trampler 1-2, Richardson 1-(-3); GO-Strunk 21-175, Proffitt 11-30, Harrison 4-3
PASSING: CM-Stulz 2-2-0, 54 yards, 1 TD; GO-Proffitt 11-19-0, 254 yards, 4 TD
RECEIVING: CM-Richardson 2-54-1; GO-Leugers 4-104-3, Mantz 3-83-1, Abshire 2-34-0, Harrison 1-23-0, Slusher 1-10-0
TACKLES: CM-Beam 10, Myers 8, W. Trampler 8, Richardson 6, Laake 6, Uetrecht 6, G. Trampler 5, Olberding 4, Sheeley 4, Brothers 4; GO-Figgs 11, A. Slusher 9, Strunk 8, Bailey 7
Shawn Robinson covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @twinzdad01