Article: Clinton Massie defeats Milton-Union 35-7
The starting kickoff of this battle on "The Gridiron" began in favor of the Bulldogs from West Milton. Nick Fields the Milton-Union Punter/Kicker booted the opening kickoff to the Clinton Massie 3 yard line where it was muffed and brought back to the 23 yard line. Along with that came a delay of game call bringing the Falcons to their own 18 yard line. This would not hold the Falcons back as Wyatt Running, a key player in tonights game, busted out for a 26 yard run to the 44 yard line. Soon after a supporting teammate in Bayle Wolf who pushed out a 21 yard gain, a few plays later Wolf would get the ball again for a 1 yard rushing touchdown and with an extra point through the uprights the score was 7-0 in the first quarter.
Alex King was a key player for the Dogs in this one, he received the insuing kick off and returned it to the Bulldogs own 35 yard line. Milton-Union had some passing troubles in the first half, first throwing an interception on 3rd down on the Bulldogs first posession. Clinton Massie had control of the ball on the 41 yard line and looked like they had a nice head of steam behind them until they went for it one 4th and 2 and were stuff on the 39 by the sophomore Elijah Sims.
Josheph Thoele took the ball from his own 37 yard line all the way to the 46 on an 8 yard gain, just to have it taken back on a delay of game. Later on in the drive the Dogs would be forced to punt from their 49 yard line, Fields would pin the Falcons on their own 15 yard line where the kick was fair caught by #10 on the Massie football squad.
The Falcons starting on their own 15 yard line were stuff on 1st and 10 by Senior captain Jason Siler. After Bayle Wolf and company tried getting the ball to the first down marker they were shut down behind the line leaving it 4th and 15. The Clinton Massie punter fumbled the ball, picked up his own fumble and headed towards the visitor sideline and took it 89 yards to the house with 1:13 left in the 1st quarter, leaving the score 14-0 Clinton Massie.
Once again Alex King returned the kick, this time taking it to the 36 yard line. Tyler Brown on 1st and 10 smashed for an 11 yard gain running right through wimpy tacklers. After losing a yard on 2nd down, Thoele ran for 9 yards and that was the end of the 1st quarter. Clinton Massie 14, Milton-Union 0.
3rd down and 2 to go on the 45 yard line, Brown busted out for a big run down to the 17 yard line racking up 28 more yards. Dogs ran the ball for the next two plays that together accumulated (-)4 yards. Leaving it 3rd and 14, Cowan overthrows two receivers in a row which leads to a turnover on downs.
The Falcons have a 3 and out and are forced to punt on their posession, David Karns was the punt returner for the Dogs. He gave them pretty good field position at the 35 yard line. Brown got 1 first down for the Bulldogs during this drive but the Dogs were also forced to punt. Fields punt flew out of bounds at the Clinton Massie 36 yard line.
Running starts off the drive with a 3 yard gain to make it 2nd and 7 but on the upcoming plays it was all Bayle Wolf who broke loose 2 plays later on a 68 yard touchdown in which he broke 4 tackles and wove through the entire Bulldog defense. Score, Clinton Massie 21, Milton-Union 0 with 5:12 left in the half.
Instead of King returning this kickoff Thoele picked up the load and returned the ball to the 25 yard line. Clinton Massies, Dell, deflected the pass from Cowan intended for his Tight End Alex King on 1st and 10. After a busted up play for 0 yards, Cowan had a streaking King who made his only catching mistake of the night when a strike slipped right through his finger tips. Milton-Union opted to punt and Massie received the ball at their own 36 yard line.
Clinton Massies QB completed a pass to his receiver claiming a first down. After a 2 yard run, Wyatt Running carried a pile of Dogs 10 yards for a Falcon first down. Two short runs later, Wolf made a spin and picked up yet another first down for the Falcons and took his team to the Redzone (20 yard line). A pass from the Massie QB landed into the hands of a wide open #5, D1 prospect, Trent Smart for a Clinton Massie touchdown with 1:24 left in the half. 28-0 Clinton Massie.
After a few short plays for the Bulldogs, Tyler Brown, once again trying his best to help his team, gains another first down. Cowan throws an incomplete screen pass to brown, then on the next play over throws his receiver and for the 2nd time tonight Clinton Massie capitalizes and picks another pass off.
Clinton Massie would knee the ball sending this one to halftime with the score 28-0 Clinton Massie on top.
The Falcons would kick off to the Bulldogs starting of the second half. Dogs begin with good field position at the 37 yard line. Kenton Dickison would come in for the Bulldogs and play QB. Brown gets his number called two consecutive plays and picks up a first down, 2 plays later the dogs are stuck at 3rd and 6 to go, Kenton Dickison would by himself time by rolling out and hit a streaking Alex King who was all over the field tonight. 1st and 10 Bulldogs. Brown would gain 4 yards on first down but the Falcons would sack QB, Dickison, leaving the Dogs with 4th down and 8. The Dogs would go for it but Dickisons pass was overthrown to his receiver Trevor Klosterman, Turnover on downs Clinton Massie football.
Massie would go 3 and out on this drive, including a false start on 2nd 9. The Massie punt went all the way to the Milton-Union 23 yard line.
Brown would pick up 1 yard on first down, then with a blow out 21 yard run by Joseph Thoele to the 44. 3 plays later QB Kenton Dickison would hit his Tight End, Alex King, on a pass. King sped to the 10 yard line where he was dragged down by Clinton Massies speedy Bayle Wolf. The Dogs looked like they were going to leave with 0 on this drive, but the Junior QB Kenton Dickison, Threw a fade route on 3rd and 11 to the Senior David Karns in the corner of the endzone giving the Dogs their first score of the night. 28-7 Clinton Massie with 59.2 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.
It seemed to be the tables were turning for the Dogs. Fields kickoff was returned to the 37 yard line, and on 1st and 10 the dogs forced a fumble and recovered the ball. Leaving hope for a comeback. Karnes and Brown would gain a total of 5 yards on two plays, then a holding call would make it 3rd and 15 for the Bulldogs. Kenton Dickison hit his spot on Tight End Alex King for a 7 yard pass. Once again Kenton Dickison dropped back on 4th and 8 and had a streaking Klosterman down the sidelines, a controversial call that most would think would be pass interference on Massie was not called and Clinton Massie would recover the ball on the turnover on downs.
After two more plays Bayle Wolf would run a 56 yard touchdown run with 10:39 seconds left in the 4th quarter.
King would return his 3rd kickoff tonight and bring it back to the 31 yard line. On Thoele's second run of the drive, #44, Kelson Gauden would rattle his spine with cringing hit. The Bulldogs would later punt to the Falcons where it was fair caught on their own 30 yard line.
On 1st and 10, Josh Bryan would sack the Falcon QB for a loss of 6, which would help the Dogs hold the Falcons to punt on 4th and 2. Little did the Dogs know that Massies punter would have his best game of the season by sending a 62 yard punt sky rocketing into the Dogs endzone with 5:56 left in the game.
Kenton Dickison would complete a 21 yard pass to his running back Joseph Thoele, leaving them at the 41 yard line. After Karnes would gain the Dogs another 1st down on the ground, Dickison would throw the Senior Dakota Albaugh who was also involved in a controversial call. Most would have though he was in forward progress and stripped but the referee saw it as an incompete pass leaving it 3rd and 10. Kenton Dickison would be pushed out of bounds the next play leaving the Dogs with a 4th down and a long 20 yards to go, they had no choice but to go for it. Dickisons pass was over thrown to Klosterman and the Clinton Massie Falcons regained posession of the ball on a turnover on downs.
The Falcons would run the ball until they were able to knee the ball for win in this one. The final score of the game was 35 Clinton Massie Falcons. 7 Milton-Union Bulldogs.
Congratulations Bulldogs! on a great season, also congratulations to the Clinton Massie Falcons on being D4 regional champions, Goodluck next week in the State semi-finals!