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Week 10 Finals: Clinton-Massie 28, Wilmington 7

ADAMS TOWNSHIP — Clinton-Massie’s 28-7 win over Wilmington Friday night at Alumni Field was a microcosm of the Falcons’ 2022 season.

It started badly, Wilmington hitting a long touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. The season started 0-4 and things looked bleak for head coach Dan McSurley and his reigning Division IV state champions.

But then the game and the season turned around. Massie has won five of his last six games. The match ended with Massie scoring the final 28 points.

With the win, the Falcons are locked into the No. 13 seed in the Div. IV Region 20. They will likely play Unioto or Bishop Fenwick in the first round next Friday.

Wilmington (5-5) also appears to be set at a No. 13 seed and will travel to Wapakoneta (9-1).

WHS scored on their opener, a 13-play, 87-yard rushing possession that ended with Caydn Denniston coming in from the 15. Jonathan Custis point after going 7-0.

Massie responded right away with Gabe McDowell taking care of business, first with a 73-yard getaway and then a 5-yard run for the touchdown just 36 seconds after the WHS score. After Ean McGuinness’ kick, it was 7-7.

From there, the defenses set up for the next rides. But Massie found his footing in the second quarter with a 10-play, 83-yard drive, aided by a 15-yard WHS penalty. Logan Chesser capped off the practice with a 36-yard sprint near the end and Massie led 13-7.

Chesser scored again, this time after missing the second half kickoff. Once in possession, the ball worked its way through the WHS cover team and into the end zone. At one point 7-0, Massie now led 21-7 with Chesser’s two-point conversion.

The Massie defense stopped the hurricane on the ensuing possession. Massie’s attack then embarked on a victory-sealing campaign, a 10-game run that ended with Gavan Hunter muscled into the end zone from 1.

Wilmington had just 46 yards of offense in the second and third quarters as the Falcons built their lead.

The two schools met six times from 1971 to 1976. They split the first two with Wilmington winning 24-6 in 1971 and Massie coming back with a 21-6 victory in 1972. The next four games went to Hurricane , the bottom three by a combined 121-0.

The teams did not meet again, however, until 2014 when both were members of the South Central Ohio League. In those three years, Massie has come out on top in all of them, but the last two have been thrillers – 29-28 in 2015 and 23-21 in 2016.

From there, however, the schools went to the SBAAC American Division and the Falcons dominated with wins of 48, 49, 39, 35 and 35 points.


October 21, 2022

@Frank Ireland Champ

Clinton Massie 28 Wilmington 7




first quarter

W: Caydn Denniston 15-yard run (Jonathan Custis PAT) 7:12

CM: Gabe McDowell 5-yard run (Ean McGuinness PAT) 6:36

second quarter

CM: Logan Chesser 36-yard run (PAT failure) 4:09

Third quarter

CM: return of Logan Chesser’s kickoff at 80 meters (Logan Chesser’s run) 11:46

WC: Gavan Hunter 1 yard run (Ean McGuinness PAT) 4:33

Fourth trimester

No rating


Pass: CM-No attempt; WIL-Aiden Price 5-10-0, 19 yards

Rushing: CM (37-261) Gavan Hunter 17-67, Brody Clutter 8-8, Gabe McDowell 6-85, Logan Chesser 5-79, Eli Muterspaw 1-11; WIL (45-244) Thad Stuckey 15-130, Cadyn Denniston 16-67, Aiden Price 7-18, Josh Snell 2-19

Reception: CM none; FLIGHT (5-19) Blaize Johnson 3-10, Michael Brown 2-9

Tackles: CM-Gavan Hunter 12.5, Ty Clutter 56, Brandon Updike 5 (1 for loss) Brodie Green 4.5 (1 for loss), Miles Theetge 3.5; Peyton Brewer 3.5, Gabe McDowell 3, Elijah Groh 3 (2 for loss), Tristan Trampler 3, Keegan Lamb 2.5, Brady Russell 2.5, Cooper Carmack 1, Adam Frisch 1, Logan Chesser 0.5, Nolan Phipps 0.5, Hunter Monds 0.5, Brightman Rodman 0.5; WIL-Josh Snell 9 (3 for loss), Bryson Schutte 4 (1 for loss), Michael Brown 4, Malachi Cumberland 4 (1 for loss), Chase Pickard 3, Zane Smith 3, Darrick Perdue 3 (2 for loss), Luke Achtermann 3, Jelani Hunter 2.5, Braxton Starkey 1, Elijah Stewart 0.5

Interceptions: None

Breakaway Recovery: None

Penalty: CM 2-18; AIT 10-95

First tests: CM-13, WIL-12

Photo by Elizabeth Clark

Week 10 Finals: Clinton-Massie 28, Wilmington 7

Photo by Elizabeth Clark

Week 10 Finals: Clinton-Massie 28, Wilmington 7

Photo by Elizabeth Clark

Week 10 Finals: Clinton-Massie 28, Wilmington 7

Photo by Elizabeth Clark

Week 10 Finals: Clinton-Massie 28, Wilmington 7

Photo by Elizabeth Clark

Week 10 Finals: Clinton-Massie 28, Wilmington 7

Photo by Elizabeth Clark

Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, via email [email protected] or on Twitter @wnjsports


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