Falcons in playoffs 14th straight year


By Mark Huber - mhuber@civitasmedia.com



Taft at Clinton-Massie

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Frank Irelan Field

WHAT: OHSAA Playoffs, first round

TICKETS: $9 at Gate; $8 presale at CM

For the 14th consecutive season, the Clinton-Massie Falcons have made the OHSAA playoffs.

The Falcons will host Cincinnati Taft 7 p.m. Saturday in a first-round Region 14 matchup at Frank Irelan Field.

Clinton-Massie’s playoff streak is exceeded by only seven teams in state history, including active streaks by Steubenville, Kettering Alter, Mogadore and Coldwater.

The Senators won’t be making their first appearance at Frank Irelan Field. In 2010, as a No. 8 seed, Taft came to top-seeded Clinton-Massie with three losses but two Div. I college players and plenty of hope.

Aldophus Washington (at Ohio State) and Dwayne Stanford (at Oregon) were part of a spirited Taft effort, but one that fell short in overtime, 21-20.

Greg Conwell is the head coach at Taft. He is in his fourth year leading the Senators. He is a 1993 graduate of Walnut Hills High School and played running back at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

Presale tickets will be available at Clinton-Massie High School this week. Presale tickets are $8 and CM will receive a portion of the revenue from presale tickets. Tickets at the gate on gameday will be $9.

History is on Clinton-Massie’s side. Based on last year’s results, No. 3 seed had an 18-6 record in first-round games.

This year in Ohio, 715 schools started the year playing varsity football. As the playoff pairings are announced, there are 224 schools still play football.

Clinton-Massie has a 24-12 playoff record and will be making post-season tournament for the 15th time.

Taft is 0-2 in playoff games and have not made the post-season since the 2011 season.

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By Mark Huber

mhuber@civitasmedia.com

Taft at Clinton-Massie

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Frank Irelan Field

WHAT: OHSAA Playoffs, first round

TICKETS: $9 at Gate; $8 presale at CM

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.