Week 8: SCOL Game of the Year, Part 1


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Clinton-Massie’s Griffin Laake, 87, goes up for a ball against Hillsboro last week.


Elizabeth Clark | News Journal File

These are the type games that get Clinton-Massie’s Dan McSurley excited.

Clinton-Massie, 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the South Central Ohio League, traveling to Chillicothe, also 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the SCOL.

The winner will have the inside track — possibly with Wilmington who also is unbeaten at 4-0 in the league — for a league championship.

Kickoff at Chillicothe High School is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Falcons have won 56 straight SCOL regular season games and are 33-1 on the road in their SCOL history.

“This game is huge for league standings and play-off points for both teams,” said McSurley. “A lot of our players have been here before so it’s more of a business-type approach.”

Chillicothe has proven to be a strong rival for the the vaunted Clinton-Massie football program. The Falcons had to rally for a 22-19 win at Chillicothe in 2014.

Last year, Clinton-Massie was a 42-21 winner.

“Chillicothe is always well coached and we will definitely be getting their best shot,” said McSurley. “This should be a great high school football environment come Friday.”

Clinton-Massie is currently third in the Region 16 playoff standings behind Cincinnati Wyoming and Valley View. The Falcons only loss this season is to unbeaten Turpin, who currently sits No. 2 in the Region playoff rankings.

Chillicothe also has its only loss of the year to an unbeaten team. The Cavs lost its season opener to Johnstown Monroe 29-12. The Johnnies are No. 1 in the Region 15 standings.

With Wilmington on the horizon next week, the Falcons appear to be getting healthy and better at the right time.

“I think our defense is getting better each week,” said McSurley. “Adding a couple key players this week should give us more depth.”

McSurley said the offensive line also is improving and are “beginning to be one of our team strengths.”

Special teams, led by kicker Chris Demler, “had a big game Friday, blocking and scoring on a punt and giving Hillsboro a long field on kickoffs.”

Clinton-Massie’s Griffin Laake, 87, goes up for a ball against Hillsboro last week.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_FB7_cm_griffinlaake-2.jpgClinton-Massie’s Griffin Laake, 87, goes up for a ball against Hillsboro last week. Elizabeth Clark | News Journal File

Mark Huber

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