ADAMS TOWNSHIP — “Ever” is a long time, but it can be argued most have never ever seen anything like it, and probably never will again.
Clinton-Massie running back Davey Tunon racked up 349 yards on 23 carries and had six touchdowns – in the first half – as the Falcons throttled Cincinnati Taft 70-14 in Saturday night’s Div. IV Region 14 quarterfinal game at Frank Irelan Field.
Tunon eclipsed Bayle Wolf’s school-record 365 yards — set Nov. 15, 2013, against Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas in the playoffs — on his second carry of the second half. He left the game immediately after establishing the new mark at 371 yards.
“The line was just giving me open holes and I was making the most of it. It was a great night for me,” Tunon said. “Playing games on Saturday threw us off, but we adjusted well.”
Taft (7-3) tried to stop Massie’s ground attack, often putting 10 men in the box, to no avail.
“They brought those backers inside. We just blocked down and kicked out the edge and made those huge holes off tackle where Davey got most of his yardage,” CM head coach Dan McSurley said. “If you’re going to bring backers, you’re taking a risk, because backers aren’t going to cover the off-tackle real well and that’s what happened tonight.”
Pretty much a powder keg set to explode every time he touched the ball, Tunon’s top highlight was his 14-yard touchdown run that put Massie up 49-6. He jitterbugged his way to the goal line before front-flipping over a Taft Senator and into the end zone.
“We get through (the hole), we see two guys, and (I’m) juking and jiving. (And I see) this one guy right at the end and I’m like ‘I can hit him (or) I can jump him.’ And instincts just kicked in I was like ‘let’s jump,’” Tunon said.
Taft tried using its passing attack to keep up with Massie and did early, hitting a 74-yard scoring strike on its first drive. But after Massie built its margin, and it became imperative for Taft to keep throwing, the Falcons were up to the task.
“They had some really explosive receivers, some big kids, some athletic kids. Their quarterback did a nice job. He can throw the ball and air it out. You’re not going to hold some of these kids down the whole time. You want to contain them and neutralize them as much as possible. But they’re going to make plays,” McSurley said. “This gave us some good experience going forward. Our secondary got to see big-time receivers on a big-time stage. Hopefully, this will help us.”
The Falcons (10-1), ranked sixth in the final Associated Press Division IV poll, advance to take on fourth-ranked Indian Hill at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Region 14 semifinal at Princeton High School’s Mancuso Field.
The winner of that game will play either top-ranked Middletown Bishop Fenwick or fifth-ranked Kettering Archbishop Alter for the Region 14 title.
Nov 7, 2015
@Frank Irelan Field
Clinton-Massie 70 Cincinnati Taft 14
CM-Davey Tunon 18 yard run (Chris Demler PAT) 8:48
T-Demarco Bradley 74 yard pass from DeShawn Lawrence (PAT failed) 7:41
CM-Davey Tunon 64 yard run (Chris Demler PAT) 7:25
CM-Davey Tunon 7 yard run (Chris Demler PAT) 3:37
CM-Davey Tunon 5 yard run (Chris Demler PAT) 0:58
CM-Trey Uetrecht 20 yard pass from Hunter Fentress (Chris Demler PAT) 11:53
CM-Jacob Wolf 6 yard run (Chris Demler PAT) 10:40
CM-Davey Tunon 14 yard run (Chris Demler PAT) 8:17
CM-Davey Tunon 31 yard run (Chris Demler PAT) 1:23
CM-Brad Hunt 1 yard run (Chris Demler PAT) 1:10
CM-Clayton Sheeley 2 yard run (Chris Demler PAT) 7:05
T-Chris’Seon Stringer 46 yard pass from DeShawn Lawrence (Keith Turner pass from DeShawn Lawrence good) 3:07
First downs: Taft-9; Massie-29
Rushing: Taft 18-78; Massie 52-512
Passing: Taft 6-24-3, 200 yards; Massie 7-10-0, 70 yards
Penalties: Taft 5-40; Massie 5-50
Fumbles: Taft 1-1; Massie 0-0
Rushing: TAFT-Presswood 7-28; Zanders 2-24; Lawrence 7-22; Turner 2-4; MASSIE-Tunon 25-371, Wolf 7-38, Fentress 3-33, Sheeley 5-29, Hunt 5-15, Poynter 4-15, Pointer 3-11
Passing: TAFT-Lawrence 6-24-3, 200 yards; MASSIE-Fentress 7-10-0, 70 yards
Receiving: TAFT-Bradley 1-74, Stringer 1-46, Turner 2-45, Woods 2-35; MASSIE-Boyd 3-28, Uetrecht 1-20, Hunt 1-11, Williams 1-6, Tunon 1-5
Tackles: MASSIE-C. O’Bryon 5, Williams 4.5, Uetrecht 3, Wolf 2.5, Grigsby 2, Boyd 2, Garrison 1.5, Richardson 1, Pointer 1, Tunon 1, Keeley 1, McIntosh 1, Tissandier 1, Hunt 0.5, Trampler 0.5, Hill 0.5
Sacks: McIntosh 1
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