MASSILLON- No. 5 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (14-1) scored late in the fourth quarter to secure the Division IV championship and back-to-back state titles in the 2013 OHSAA State Football championship Friday at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Because of the snowy weather conditions, both teams used their rushing attacks for a majority of the offense. Clinton-Massie senior Bayle Wolf led all rushers with 172 yards on 33 attempts and three touchdowns. The Falcons rushed for 267 total yards. Mooney senior Mark Handel finished with 140 yards rushing on 16 attempts and two touchdowns. The Cardinals rushed for 238 total yards. There were only 10 passing attempts between the quarterbacks of both teams.
Clinton-Massie has won the state title in both of its two state final appearances (2012 and 2013). Cardinal Mooney was one of five defending state champions returning to the finals this weekend and now have an all-time playoff record of 22-11. Clinton-Massie also scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in its semifinal victory against top-ranked Kenton.
Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, which finishes its season 10-5, was first on the scoreboard with a 25-yard touchdown run by junior C.J. Amill. Clinton-Massie answered with an 8-yard touchdown run by senior Bayle Wolf, his first of three touchdowns on the day, to tie the game. The Cardinals would score before the quarter ended on a 68-yard touchdown run by senior Mark Handel. Clinton-Massie junior Chayse Wolf tied the game in the second quarter with a 20-yard touchdown run. Mooney reclaimed the lead when Handel scored his second touchdown of the day on a 13-yard touchdown run, giving the Cardinals a 21-14 lead at halftime. The Falcons tied the game in the third quarter on Wolf's second touchdown of the day, a 1-yard touchdown run. Wolf sealed the victory for the Falcons with his third touchdown of the day with 1:10 left in the fourth quarter, a 2-yard touchdown run.
Two keys plays in the fourth quarter helped Clinton-Massie win its second state title. With 6:53 left in the fourth quarter, Mooney punted the ball from its own 24-yd line only 16 yards to its 40-yard line. The Cardinals would take over with great field position for their game-winning drive. With 30 seconds left in the game, the Falcons intercepted Mooney quarterback Jon Saadey to clinch the title.
Mooney Mark Handel's 68 yard touchdown run tied the record for the longest touchdown run in Division IV state championship history (Delbert Ferguson, Youngstown Ursuline, vs. Coldwater at Massillon, 1998).
Cardinal Mooney made its 12th state final appearance. The Cardinals own eight state titles (2011, 09, 06, 04, 1987, 82, 80, 73). With its state semifinal victory over Steubenville, Mooney became the third school in OHSAA history with 60 or more playoff wins (Newark Catholic 69, Cleveland St. Ignatius 66). Mooney now has an all-time playoff record of 60-18.