The State Championships have arrived. And the third final is over. Friday afternoon at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Clinton-Massie rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Mother Nature and Youngstown Mooney 27-21 in the D-IV state final. It was the Falcons second straight state title. Here’s what happened and who did what..
2013 State Football Finals
Division IV State Final
Youngstown Mooney 21
WHAT WE LEARNED
1. Massie Fed the Wolf
Clinton-Massie senior RB Bayle Wolf ended one of the most successful high school careers in state history by moving into fifth place on the all-time Ohio career TD list. Wolf scored three TDs against Mooney to pass CAPE graduate Carlos Snow and into fifth palace. Only Chauncey Dover’s Hubert Bobo, Wyoming’s Richard Hall, Akron Hoban’s Tyrell Sutton and Troy’s Ryan Brewer have more TDs in Ohio history than Wolf. Wolf’s 101 Rushing TDs ranks No. 7 all-time.
En route to its second straight D-IV state title, Massie beat a Who’s Who of state powers. The Falcons beat Alter (regional final), Kenton (state semis) and Mooney (state final) in succession.
3. The Run Rules
Even without the wintry conditions, the D-IV final was going to come down to who could run the ball better. It was Massie. The Falcons ran for 267 yards and threw for 26. Mooney ran for 238 and threw for 20. The teams combined to rush for 8,357 yards this season.
4. Massie dominated the second half
Down 21-14 at halftime, Massie asserted itself in the second half. The Falcons won the time of possession battle 30:45-17:15 for the game, but they were especially dominant in the second half (17:06-6:54). Massie had second half drives of 5:43, 5:56 and 4:51.
5. Denied No. 9
Mooney was trying to become the second school in state history to win nine football titles. Cleveland St. Ignatius has 11 state titles, while Mooney, Newark Catholic and Cincinnati Moeller each have eight.
*Bayle Wolf, sr., RB/LB, Clinton-Massie: Carried the ball 33 times for 172 yards and three TDs. Wolf was never tackled behind the line of scrimmage.
*Chayse Wolf, jr., RB, Clinton-Massie: Carried the ball 20 times for 91 yards and a TD.
*Kelson Gauden, sr., LB, Clinton-Massie: Had a team-high 6.5 tackles and seasled the deal with an INT on Mooney’s final possession.
*Mark Handel, sr., RB, Mooney: Ran for 140 yards and two TDs on 16 carries.
*C.J. Amill, jr., RB, Mooney: Carried the ball 12 times for 67 yards and a TD.
*Joey Tabachino, sr., LB, Mooney: Had a game-high nine tackles.
*Jordan Jones, jr., LB, Mooney: Had 7.5 tackles.
*Joe Kleeh, sr., DB, Mooney: Had seven tackles.
*Massie had 21 first downs to Mooney’s 10.
*Mooney averaged 7.7 yards per rush. Massie 4.6.
*Massie ran 61 offensive plays. Mooney just 38.
*Massie was called for one penalty and punted just twice.
*Massie became the 43rd school to win two football state titles.