ADAMS TOWNSHIP — Leaping tall defenders in a single bound, Clinton-Massie’s superman soared into the school record books during Saturday 70-14 destruction of Taft.
Davey Tunon ran around, through and even over Senator defenders, gaining 371 yards and scoring six touchdowns on 25 carries in just over one half of play.
Tunon’s mark broke the previous record held by Bayle Wolf, who ran for 365 yards in a playoff game against McNicholas on Nov. 15, 2013.
“The line was just getting me open holes,” Tunon said. “I just made the most of it.”
His fifth score of the night with 8:17 left in the second was fit for a SportsCenter highlight package.
“We’re rhino, 26-blast,” Tunon said. “I see the hole open up like every other play. We get through, then I see two guys juking and jiving. This one guy right at the end, I’m like, ‘Man, I could hit him. I could jump him.’ Instincts just kicked in and I was like, ‘Let’s jump!’”
Tunon weaved through the initial line, made a jump cut by two more defenders, then went to the air and finished with a forward roll over the final defender.
“There’s different ways to go about it,” Tunon said. “You can hurdle, or I can kind of lay myself out and get more air. If you lay yourself out and get more air, you tuck at the last second. It’s a nice easy roll. It’s not that hard.”
Despite the fact Taft loaded the box, Tunon had confidence in the other 10 Falcons on the field in front of him.
“My five down linemen, I love every single one of them,” Tunon said. “They work their butt off, every single day. I love every single one of them. I can’t forget my tight ends (Trey Uetrecht and Cole O’Bryon against Taft), my quarterback (Hunter Fentress) and the two other guys (wide receivers Bryce Boyd and Thomas Williams) I have blocking for me in the backfield.”
Dan McSurley sang the praises of his record-setting running back.
“He’s a dynamic player,” McSurley said. “I’ve never coached a kid with the talent he has. We were not even going to play him in the second half. We saw he was 15 yards from the school record. You can’t let a kid like that his senior year on your home field be denied an opportunity to get a school record.”
Indian Hill Braves await the Falcons
In week 12 of the Division IV playoffs, the Indian Hill Braves will be the Falcons’ opponent.
Indian Hill defeated Wyoming 31-14 to improve to 11-0 and advance to play the Falcons. It was the first playoff win for the Braves in eight years.
In the other half of the Region 14 bracket, Alter had no trouble dispatching Reading, 52-17. The Knights will next play Fenwick, who squeaked by Badin 14-7. The Falcons scored the winning touchdown in the final minute of the game.
The two teams met at Fenwick Sept. 18, with the Falcons picking up a 24-0 victory.
Playoff tickets available for week 12
Once again, presale tickets will be available this week for Clinton-Massie’s week 12 matchup with Indian Hill.
According to Cindy Running, CM athletic director, tickets will be on sale Tuesday from 2:30 to 6 p.m. in the Central Office. On Wednesday and Thursday, tickets will be sold at lunch for students, and also available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Central Office. On Friday, the Central Office will sell tickets from 9 to 11 a.m.
Tickets are $8 preseason, $9 at the gate. Clinton-Massie receives a portion of the presale. Running also believes there will be a parking charge next week, but is unsure how much it will be.
The location for Saturday’s game will be announced Sunday by the Ohio High School Athletic Association, although Mason and Kings would be good guesses for possible locations.
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