The Clinton Massie Falcons are one win away from returning for the second year in a row to the Division 4 state championship football game. First they will face off against tournament rival & top rank Kenton Wildcats for the fourth time in the last 5 years in the Division 4 state semi-finals.
Clinton-Massie & Kenton were both in Region 16 several years ago & split their two meetings in the second round of the playoffs ---in 2009 in Troy (CM won) & 2010 (Welcome Stadium—Kenton won). Then Kenton was moved to Region 14 in 2011 & the Wildcats beat the Falcons 36-6 in the Division 4 state semi-finals in 2011.
Kenton (13-0) is averaging about 40 plus points a game & against #2 rank Bryan last Friday saw a 20-10 halftime lead disappear as Bryan took a 43-40 lead in the fourth quarter. Grant Sherman of the Wildcats threw the winning score with 19 seconds left to give the team a 46-43 victory.
Sherman threw an amazing 78 times in the contest completing 56 for 486 yards and 5 touchdowns and ran for additional 2 scores. Sherman who threw for over 4,000 yards in the regular season has thrown for over 1,400 yards in three playoffs games & impressive 18 TDs including 8 TDs in just one half against Ada.
Noah Furbush who has verbally committed to Michigan leads the Kenton defense who up to last week game against Bryan was holding opponents to under a touchdown a contest. Furbush was the Northwest District Defensive Player of the Year.
Clinton Massie is coming off a 21-14 win over Kettering Alter & captured their 3rd straight regional football crown & also won a playoff game at Welcome Stadium for first time after losing three times before.
Falcons Bayle Wolfe added to his career marks with a 3 TDs and 122 yard performance giving him over 1611 yards this season and 28 TDs and over 5000 yards and 100 plus TDs in his three year run.
Massie is averaging almost 42 points a contest & giving up only about 9 points a game.
The semi-final game will air LIVE from Dayton Welcome Stadium this Friday night at 7:05pm on Buckeye Country Radio & IHeart Radio with Stew Gardner and Roger Barber.
The winner of the Clinton-Massie/Kenton contest will play the winner of the Youngstown Cardinal Mooney/Steubenville contest in the Division 4 state finals next week.