Clinton-Massie: Talent? Check. Size? Check. Speed? Check. Coach? Check.

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Clinton-Massie Falcons

Clinton-Massie’s 2010 season has already had some adversity. In early
June  head
coach Dan McSurley was non-renewed
.
Two school board meetings later – and thanks some intense verbal support
by the community – McSurely was rehired this past
Monday. Finally, the Falcons can focus on football.


Clarksville Clinton-Massie
Division IV
Region 16

2009 Record: 12-1, Regional Finalist

* Players To Watch – RT Mike Stenger (6-3, 305, Sr.); RB/LB Jordie Scanlon (5-10, 205, Sr.); RB/LB Gunner Calhoun (6-2, 220, Sr.); QB Jake Richardson (5-8, 170, Sr.); DE Charles Harpen (6-4, 235, Sr.): DE/OL Justin Straight (6-4, 230, Sr.); LB/TE Logan Evans (6-0, 215, Sr.); FB Scott Wilkie (5-10, 210, Sr.); OL/DL Jimmy Singleton (6-3, 280, Jr.); OL/DL Jared Salisbury (6-5, 325, Jr.)

* Outlook – Clinton-Massie’s 2010 season has already had some adversity. In early June longtime head coach Dan McSurley was non-renewed by the district after failing to submit some paperwork stating his intentions for the upcoming season. Two school board meetings later – and thanks some intense verbal support by the community – McSurely (133-63 in 14 years) was rehired this past Monday.

Finally, the Falcons can focus on football. And that’s good, because this team has a chance to be the school’s best ever.

C-M is looking for its ninth straight playoff berth, but expectations are high for an extended postseason run. Getting there simply won’t be enough. The Falcons reached the regional final for the second time in three years last season and are a challenger not only for the regional title this year, but also for the state championship. This team is that stacked.

The senior class – which has played in seven postseason games – is both seasoned and skilled.

Calhoun is a dominating force on defense and has been named first team All-South Central Ohio League three times. He’s also logged over 100 tackles in each of his first three seasons.

Other defensive standouts include Harpen (72 tackles, 18.5 TFL, two interceptions) and Evans (who made 42.5 tackles and forced two fumbles last year despite missing six games).

Offensively, Scanlon has a chance to set the program’s career rushing record. With a season like last year, where he ran for 2,020 yards and 30 TDs, Scanlon would go over 6,000 yards for his career.

Richardson, a two-year starter, had nearly 1,000 total yards last year.

Size is not an issue for C-M, which will average 275 along the offensive front.

Stenger, who finished sixth at the state wrestling meet as a heavyweight, is a special player.

One concern is replacing defensive tackle Corby Running.

Massie’s main competition for the Region 16 title will come from two-time defending state champion Alter and Kenton.

* Schedule – The Falcons annual non-league meeting with Jonathan Alder is always huge. The winner of that game will be set up for a nice run through the rest of the regular season. C-M should breeze through this schedule.

8/27    @ BLANCHESTER
9/3    *WAYNESVILLE
9/10    *@ JONATHAN ALDER (PLAIN CITY)    
9/17    HILLSBORO
9/24    @ MIAMI TRACE (WASHINGTON CH)    
10/1    @ LONDON
10/8    @ MC CLAIN (GREENFIELD)        
10/15    WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON C.H.)    
10/22    MADISON PLAINS (LONDON)        
10/29    EAST CLINTON (LEES CREEK)
* 2009 Playoff Team

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