ADAMS TOWNSHIP – The Goshen at Clinton-Massie game Friday was suspended with 31.2 seconds left in the first half because of a medical emergency in the stands on the home side of Frank Irelan Field.
The game will resume at 9 a.m. Saturday with Massie leading 7-0 and facing 3rd-and-goal at the Goshen 1.
The junior varsity game originally scheduled at Goshen Saturday will now be played at Frank Irelan Field following the varsity contest.
The emergency occurred during a Clinton-Massie timeout on the 13th play of a 96-yard march to the Warriors 1 after the Falcons stuffed Goshen on 4th-and-goal seven minutes earlier. The individual involved in the medical emergency later passed away, Clinton-Massie athletic director Cindy Running said.
The Clinton-Massie School District released a statement later Friday night.
”It is with deep regret and sincere sympathy that we announce the loss of one of our Falcon family. Please join us in sending our thoughts and prayers to the Parsons family. A collection for the family will be taken at the varsity football game (Saturday).”
Goshen looked poised to tie the game after recovering a fumbled CM pitch at the Falcons 9. Massie’s miscue wiped out Garrett Trampler’s interception of Goshen quarterback Jack Webster seven plays earlier.
Goshen started the game with a 10-play drive that fizzled at its 44.
Massie’s first drive went 76 yards in 12 plays and ended with a Daulton Wolfe 2-yard TD run.
Midgame statistics had Clinton-Massie outgaining Goshen 197 to 68. The teams combined for 228 yards on the ground. All of the 37 passing yards were for Clinton-Massie. Both teams had one turnover.
Individually, Wolfe had 82 yards on 10 rushing attempts while Stulz had 61 yards on 11 carries.
The game pits two unbeaten teams in the SBAAC American Division standings, both are 2-0 going in to the game.
The Warriors defeated the Falcons last season 33-31 at Jim Brown Stadium on the Goshen campus, ending Clinton-Massie’s 61-game league winning streak.
Shawn Robinson covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @twinzdad01.