D-IV State Football Final Preview: Keys, Quotes, Notes, Top Players & Predictions

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2013 State Football Final Information

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Division IV State Final: Friday 3 p.m. Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

Clinton-Massie (13-1/ONG JJH No. 3/AP No. 5) vs Youngstown Mooney (10-4/ONG JJH No. 9/AP NR)

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KEYS/QUOTES/NOTES

1. Ground Game

This game will be played in the trenches. The teams enter with combined running totals of 1,239 attempts and 7,852 yards. Combined they’ve thrown for just over 2,500 yards. Both teams have a pair of standout backs. Massie features the brother tandem of senior Bayle Wolf (1,784 yards; 28 TDs) and junior Chayse Wolf (1,359 yards; 20 TDs). Mooney counters with senior Mark Handel (1,213 yards, 12 TDs) and junior CJ Amill (1,210 yards, 11 TDs). “CJ and Mark have done a great job all year,” Mooney head coach P.J. Fecko said. “The gameplan has nothing to do with either or.” As for Massie? “They’re a great offensive football team,” Fecko said. “They’re a team that demands that you’re sound across the board defensively. As soon as you’re not where you need to be they’re going to make you pay for it.” Said Clinton-Massie head coach Dan McSurley: “They have two RBs that if we don’t contain them, they’re probably faster than we are.

2. Wolf Man

One of Ohio’s top prep careers comes to a close as Massie senior RB Bayle Wolf plays his final game. Wolf, a defensive starter as a freshman, has scored 108 career TDs, which ranks sixth all-time in state history (CAPE’s Carlos Snow is currently No. 5 with 109). His 98 rushing TDs ranks No. 7, behind Snow as well. Wolf has rushed for over 5,000 career yards, yet doesn’t have a college scholarship offer yet. What he does have is admiration and respect. After battling injuries he’s as close to 100-percent as he has been all year according to McSurley who added: “Hopefully he’ll carry us to another win.”

3. Schedule

For years Mooney has put together a brutal schedule out of want and need. The Cardinals want top-notch talent but only a few schools will schedule them. This year the Cardinals played four Division I teams (including playoff teams St. Edward and Austintown-Fitch) and fellow state finalist Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (D-III). “We feel that the tougher the schedule you can play the better it’s going to make you,” Fecko said. “As a competitor we’re always trying to play the best competition we can. It’s something that has clearly benefited us in the playoffs over the years. It teaches your guys to play with a certain speed, intensity and physicality. Those things have benefits down the road.” Fecko mentioned the catch is you have to win enough games to qualify for the playoffs, which Mooney didn’t do last year despite weighted expectations. The 2011 D-III state champs were denied a chance to defend their title after finishing 3-6. Massie has earned a chance to defend its title by surviving a tough bracket. The Falcons survived a rematch with Miami Trace in the regional quarterfinals and then beat McNicholas (GCL Central Champion), Alter (GCL North Champion) and Kenton (Western Buckeye League champion) en route to the final. “We’ve gone through a pretty rigorous state tournament so far,” McSurley said. “We feel like it’s a little different than last year. Last year we pretty much had our way with everyone. This year we’ve had a tough go at it. We feel good about being here and defending our state title.” Mooney is looking to win its ninth state title in its 12th state championship game. The Cardinals became the third team (Newark Catholic, St. Ignatius the others) in state history to reach 60 postseason wins last week.

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TOP PLAYERS

Bayle Wolf, sr., RB/LB, Clinton-Massie
Chayse Wolf, jr., RB/DB, Clinton-Massie
Kelson Gauden, sr., LB, Clinton-Massie
Mark Handel, sr., RB, Youngstown Mooney
CJ Amill, jr., RB, Youngstown Mooney
Zak Kennedy, jr., K, Youngstown Mooney

PREDICTIONS

Eric Frantz Pick: Clinton-Massie
Drew Pasteur Pick: Youngstown Mooney by 3
Cal Preps: Youngstown Mooney by 2

SEASON RESULTS

CLINTON-MASSIE RESULTS
Blanchester W, 63-0
Waynesville W, 39-13
Plain City Jonathan Alder W, 35-7
Greenfield McClain W, 62-0
Columbus St. Francis DeSales L, 16-21
Hillsboro W, 77-0
Chillicothe W, 17-7
Washington C.H. Washington W, 70-0
Washington C.H. Miami Trace W, 42-7
Lees Creek East Clinton W, 31-0
Regionals
Washington C.H. Miami Trace W, 35-21
Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas W, 52-14
Kettering Archbishop Alter W, 21-14
State Semifinal
Kenton W, 21-20

CARDINAL MOONEY RESULTS
Philadelphia Imhotep Institute Charter, PA L, 21-49
Boardman W, 42-14
Akron Buchtel W, 47-12
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary L, 0-25
Mentor Lake Catholic W, 24-7
Lakewood St. Edward L, 14-41
Erie McDowell, PA W, 34-14
Buffalo Canisius, NY W, 9-7
Youngstown Ursuline W, 29-14
Austintown-Fitch L, 14-19
Regionals
Cleveland John Hay W, 45-20
Struthers W, 42-14
Cleveland Benedictine W, 28-21
State Semifinal
Steubenville W, 37-7

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3 thoughts on “D-IV State Football Final Preview: Keys, Quotes, Notes, Top Players & Predictions

  1. wesmess73

    Hey this one Woody and Bo would be proud of these two teams , an old fashion slobbernocker . I like Massie in this one.

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    • Dave

      Being from the greater Youngstown area, I get to see Mooney play a lot of top-notch talent each and every week. Yes, they played St. Eds, Fitch, and SVSM and lost each of those games. 2 of those 3 weren’t even close. This being said, Mooney has D1 talent and is a very good program, BUT…..this years team isn’t as dominant as prior teams. I see this game won at the line of scrimmage and most of the yardage will come on the ground. Neither team has a great QB, but the RB’s are very good. Therefore, I predict Massie will win 24-21.

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