Hartley & Clinton-Massie set to square off in classic state semifinal


Ja’Wuan Woodley has rushed for 1,811 yards and 25 TDs. (thisweeknews.com)

Hartley found itself in a
shootout for the first time this season when it played Ottawa-Glandorf
for the D-IV Region 14 title last Friday. The Hawks’ defense will have its hands full again this week. Hartley takes on Clinton-Massie in the state semifinals on Friday…here’s what to expect.

The Hartley High School football team found itself in an offensive
shootout for the first time this season when it played Ottawa-Glandorf
for the Division IV, Region 14 title Nov. 16 at Piqua.

The Hawks’ defense could have its hands full again this week.

After rallying for a 41-31 win over Ottawa-Glandorf to win its second
regional championship in three seasons, Hartley will play in a state
semifinal Friday at Clayton Northmont against Clarksville Cinton-Massie.

While both the Falcons and Hawks have rushed for just more than 5,000
yards this season, Clinton-Massie already has tied the state
single-season record for points with 731.

The Falcons are in the playoffs for the 11th consecutive season, but are seeking their first berth in a state final.

Both teams are 13-0, as Hartley was ranked first in the final state poll and Clinton-Massie was fourth.

The winner gets Creston Norwayne or St. Clairsville in the state final at 3 p.m. Nov. 30 in Canton Fawcett Stadium.

“I know they’ve had a great season and they’ve really not been tested
yet,” coach Brad Burchfield said. “They’ve got a lot of seniors and are
a hard, downhill running team. They’re going to control the football
and have a similar philosophy to what (Ottawa-Glandorf) had in terms of
running the ball.”

A year ago, Hartley lost to Kenton 30-28 in the Region 14 final and Kenton beat Clinton-Massie 36-6 the next week.

The Falcons have blown by every opponent they’ve faced since that
time, including beating West Milton Milton-Union 35-7 in the Region 16
final Nov. 16 at Centerville.

Although Clinton-Massie outgained Milton-Union 438-254, it was the Falcons’ lowest-scoring game all season.

Clinton-Massie’s top offensive threats are junior running back Bayle
Wolf and senior running back Wyatt Running. Wolf has rushed for 1,757
yards and 32 touchdowns and made first-team all-Southwest District.
Running has 1,564 yards and 21 touchdowns on just 111 carries (14.0
average) and was second-team all-district.

Senior quarterback Tyler Uetrecht has passed for 756 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 330 yards and nine touchdowns.

Sophomore kicker Callum Jones has made a state-record 94 extra points.

Hartley also has used a two-running-back rotation to perfection this season.

Ja’Wuan Woodley, who was the district’s Offensive Player of the Year,
has rushed for 1,811 yards and 25 touchdowns and Marcellus Calhoun has
1,538 yards rushing and 25 scores.

Woodley contributed in numerous ways in Hartley’s win over Ottawa-Glandorf, as he…

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