Clinton-Massie advances, while Middletown Madison sees season end
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Clinton-Massie will play for the state title in Division IV but Middletown Madison's Cinderella season came to a close in the Division V semifinals.
The Falcons advanced with a 28-21 win over New Concord John Glenn in Hilliard. The Muskies, who were making their first appearance in the state semifinals since 1980, dominated in yardage and held leads of 14-7 at halftime and 21-14 in the fourth quarter.
However, the Falcons scored the final 14 points which included an interception returned 46 yards for a touchdown from Luke Richardson, his third score of the game. Those were the winning points that sent the Falcons to the championship game against unbeaten Steubenville next Saturday. Clinton-Massie will play for its third state title, a 3 p.m. kick-off at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium.
Middletown Madison, in its first ever appearance in the state semifinals, held a 7-0 lead over unbeaten Wheelersburg at halftime and a 10-0 lead in the third quarter of the Division V state semis. But the Mohawks fell 15-10 at Chillicothe’s Herrnstein Field..
Quarterback Mason Whiteman intercepted a pass in the second quarter and then plunged in the end zone from a yard out to post the only points in the first half.
The Pirates kicked a field goal and connected for a 17-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to pull within 10-9. They went ahead for good on a 2-yard TD run with just over seven minutes remaining. Madison's final two possessions ended in interceptions.
Wheelersburg will play for its second state championship Friday in Canton.