The Clinton Massie Falcons held off a late charge and beat #6 Kettering Alter 21-14, Friday, to win their second straight regional championship. With the win, Massie moves to the state semi-finals and a match-up with top ranked Kenton next Friday.
The Falcons had a 21-7 lead going into the 4th quarter when Alter intercepted a Hunter Fentress pass and after a Falcon penalty gave the Knights (11-2) excellent field position at the Falcons' 31 yard line. Though it took a little time, Alter finally scored, pulling to within a TD with about 6 minutes left.
Massie ran several plays before punting from midfield, giving Alter the ball at the 7 yard line with 3:19 left. The Knights, who don't pass much, hit two big passes getting to within striking distance of tying the contest, but facing a 4th and long at the Massie 12 yard line with under a minute left, they were stopped short of the first down by the Falcons' defense. Massie then ran out the clock.
Bayle Wolf had 35 carries and 126 yards rushing as the Falcons out rushed Alter 186 to 151 yards. Alter won the air battle going 4 of 10 for 81 yards, and Fentress was 1 of 6 for 17 yards for the Falcons.
#5 Clinton-Massie (12-1) will face #1 Kenton (13-0) Friday, November 29th.
Massie beat Kenton 30-22 in the second round playoff of Region 16 in 2009, Kenton won a 2nd round contest of Region 16 in 2010 by a 36-20 score, and then in 2011 Kenton won 36-6 at Piqua in the state semi-finals.
Kenton beat #2 Bryan 46-43, Friday, in the Region 12 championship after holding a 20-10 halftime lead.
More details on site locations of the semi-finals will be announced on Sunday afternoon.
The other Division 4 semi-finals will be Youngstown Cardinal Mooney and Steubenville.