It took everything defending state champion Clinton-Massie had in its arsenal to knock off Kenton on Friday as the Falcons earned a return trip to the state championship game with a 21-20 victory over the Wildcats in the Division IV state semifinals at the University of Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.
The Wildcats finish the season 13-1.
Clinton-Massie (13-1) takes on Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (10-4) in the state title game next weekend. Cardinal Mooney tripped up Steubenville 37-7 in its semifinal game Friday.
Kenton piled up 449 yards of total offense Friday, with quarterback Grant Sherman completing 26-of-44 passes for 435 passing yards and three touchdowns.
For the Falcons, running back Bayle Wolf had 180 rushing yards and one touchdown while Chayse Wolf had 119 rushing yards and two scores.
Clinton-Massie took an early 7-0 lead after a 51-yard Chasye Wolf touchdown.
The Wildcats then reeled off three unanswered scores to take a 20-7 advantage.
Sherman threw touchdown passes of 14 and 13 yards to Luke Jackson in the second quarter. Kenton went for two-point conversion passes on both scores, but were not successful. That gave Kenton a 12-7 edge at halftime.
Sherman struck again in the third quarter on a 50-yard TD pass to Colyn Blackford. The two-point conversion pass was good, putting Kenton ahead 20-7.
Clinton-Massie battled back to reach the end zone twice in the fourth quarter. Chayse Wolfe had a 6-yard TD run and Bayle Wolfe added a 7-yard TD run, giving the Falcons a 21-20 lead.
Mechanicsburg overwhelmed by Wayne Trace
Mechanicsburg’s impressive postseason run ended Friday with a 57-10 loss to Wayne Trace in a Division VI state semifinal game at Wapakoneta.
Wayne Trace (13-1) takes on Kirtland (14-0) in the state championship game next weekend. Kirtland beat Bishop Ready 10-7.
Wayne Trace jumped out to a 30-3 lead at halftime.
The Raiders piled up 20 more points in the third quarter and added another touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap their scoring.
The Indians’ lone touchdown came in the final quarter on a 1-yard run by standout tailback Aeryton Erwin.
For the Indians(11-3), Erwin had 155 rushing yards and one touchdown and kicker Brandon Burk had a 34-yard field goal.
Elsewhere around Ohio
In the Division II state semifinals, Cleveland Glenville rolled to a 41-13 win over previously unbeaten Medina Highland. Glenville will now face Loveland in the state title game. Loveland outlasted Zanesville 38-35 in overtime.
In Division III, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary defeated Columbus Marion Franklin 17-9 to advance to a state championship matchup against Trotwood-Madison. The Rams rolled past Clyde 54-7 in their semifinal contest.