Ohio Div. IV football championship: Clinton-Massie 27, Cardinal Mooney 21

Bayle Wolf leads Falcons to second straight title

MASSILLON Ohio – Clinton-Massie won its second straight Ohio Division IV football title when Bayle Wolf’s third touchdown run with 1:10 left lifted the Falcons to a hard-fought 27-21 win over Youngstown Mooney in a snowstorm Friday afternoon at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.  

But the Falcons had to sweat it out after the extra-point kick failed.

Mooney quickly drove to the C-M 41 with 30 seconds left. That’s when Jared Halley intercepted a pass to wrap up the victory and the title.

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"I tell you what, I've done this for a long time, this is without question the most rewarding season of my life, and I couldn't be more proud of a group of guys," C-M coach Dan McSurley said after the game.

Wolf capped a 61-yard drive with a 2-yard run for the winning TD.  Mooney helped with a questionable pass interference penalty on a fourth-and-6 incompletion that set up the Falcons at the 10-yard line.

Wolf muscled through the snow for 176 yards on 33 carries in a repeat of his starring role in last year’s championship, when he ran for 220 yards and scored five times.

Crews plowed the snow off the yard lines every chance they got.

The C-M defense pitched a second-half shutout, allowing the offense to overcome Mooney's 21-14 halftime lead.

Mooney’s Mark Handel had 143 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.

C-M (14-1) tied the game 21-21 on Wolf’s second TD – a 1-yard run - on the opening drive of the second half. The Falcons pounded the Mooney defense with 12 running plays – eight by Bayle and four by his brother Chayse - and marched 86 yards.

That was the only score in the quarter. C-M stopped Mooney’s first drive near midfield when Devin Salley tackled Handel for a 3-yard loss on third-and-9.

C-M drove to the Mooney 43, but that’s where it stopped. Three plays netted zero yards, and QB Hunter Fentress was sacked on third-and-10 with 10:31 left in the fourth quarter.

A false-start penalty and an incomplete pass on third down stopped Mooney on its first drive of the fourth quarter.

Both teams stayed with their running games for most of the game and traded a pair of touchdowns in the first half.

But Mooney (10-5) got a break when C-M fumbled on its own 34-yard line with 3:20 left in the second quarter.

Handel ran in from 12 yards with 58 seconds left to put Mooney ahead, 21-14.

C.J. Amill’s 25-yard TD on the first possession put the Cardinals ahead at 9:32 of the first quarter.

Bayle Wolf tied it for Clinton-Massie with an 8-yard run at 2:17, but that tie lasted only 22 seconds before Handel broke away for a 68-yard score on the first play after the kickoff.

In the second quarter, Chayse Wolf tied it again with a 20-yard run with 9:14 left.

For the game, C-M had 290 yards (267 on the ground). Mooney had 256 (235 on the ground).

C-M had 21 first downs to Mooney's 10. Each team had a turnover.

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