D4: #4 Clarksville Clinton-Massie holds off #7 St. Clairsville, 46-36
December 2, 2012By E. Shawn Aylsworth of Ohio Preps Authority
CANTON – In a game with 988 total yards of offense, fourth-ranked Clarksville Clinton-Massie outlasted seventh-ranked St. Clairsville, 46-36, to win the 2012 OHSAA Division IV football state final game Nov. 30 in front of 8,676 fans at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium.
Clinton-Massie tallied 472 total yards of offense, while St. Clairsville racked up 516 yards. But Clinton-Massie’s state record-setting offense guided the Falcons to their school’s first state title.
With Clinton-Massie’s 46 points, they added to their state record for the most points in a season with 822, a record previously set by Marion Pleasant in 2001. The combined yardage total ranks third all-time in an OHSAA state championship game.
St. Clairsville finished the season 14-1 and took home its school’s first state runner-up trophy in its third final four appearance. The Red Devils lost in the semifinal game in 1986 and 1983. St. Clairsville received impressive performances by two All-Ohio seniors in their final games. Jerrid Marhefka set the state record for the most receiving yards by an individual in a state title game in all divisions (272 yards) and Matt Kinnick finished fourth all-time for the most passing yards in all divisions with 437.
Clinton-Massie wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as it drove 64-yards on seven plays to score on its first possession and take a 6-0 lead after a missed PAT. Senior Cole Brogan then intercepted St. Clairsville’s first pass attempt, which lead to another Falcons touchdown and a 12-0 lead. Clinton-Massie would finish the quarter with a comfortable 19-0 lead.
St. Clairsville didn’t show any quit, however, and put together an impressive 21 point outburst, highlighted by a 76-yard touchdown pass from Kinnick to Marhefka. Clinton-Massie also put 14 points up during the quarter to maintain a 35-21 lead at the half.
The third quarter featured a touchdown by each team, but St. Clairsville cut Clinton-Massie's lead to three, 39-36, on a 46-yard Kinnick pass to Marhefka with 2:36 remaining in the game. However, Clinton-Massie responded with Bayle Wolf’s fifth touchdown run of the game to take home the state title. With Wolf’s last touchdown, he tied the record for the most individual touchdowns in a Division IV game. The Falcons, which gained 408 of their 472 yards on the ground, also tied the record for the most touchdowns in a Division IV state title game with seven.
Friday, Nov. 30, 3 p.m. @ Canton Fawcett Stadium
#4 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (15-0) 46, #7 St. Clairsville (14-1) 36
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