After CHS backs out of verbal agreement, CM needs Week 5 foe in ’17


By Mark Huber - [email protected]



Clinton-Massie and Chillicothe will not be playing varsity football in 2017, despite a verbal agreement to meet in Week 5, according to CM athletic director Cindy Running. In the photo, this year’s game was a thriller with the Falcons coming out on top 14-13. Cody Collingham, 35, and Trey Uetrecht, 40, on defense for Clinton-Massie.


Elizabeth Clark | News Journal File

Clinton-Massie has a hole in its 2017 football schedule after a South Central Ohio League school has backed out of a verbal agreement to play the Falcons.

Chillicothe had agreed to play Clinton-Massie in 2017 in a non-league game in week 5. While both teams are members of the SCOL this year, Chillicothe will be part of the Frontier Athletic Conference in 2017 while Clinton-Massie goes to the Southern Buckeye Athletic & Academic Conference.

“We had a verbal agreement; it was witnessed by several athletic directors,” said Cindy Running, the athletic director at Clinton-Massie.

Running said she was talking with Miami Trace about playing Week 5 during the 2017 football season when “Chillicothe entered the conversation,” she said.

With the talk centered on a CM-MT matchup in Week 5, Chillicothe explained it could not play Massie in Week 4. However, Running said Chillicothe was open in Week 5.

Running said Miami Trace was willing to play Massie Week 4 in both 2017 and 2018, which opened up a Week 5 contest for Chillicothe.

At the time, Running said she and CHS athletic director Michael Barren agreed to hold off on putting a 2018 game on the schedule.

At Monday’s SCOL fall sports banquet, Running said she told Barren she was OK to go ahead and talk about a game between the two schools for 2018.

Running said Barren told her, “We’re not going to be able to do 2018 and we’re not going to be able to do 2017 either.”

Running said she has a call to the Ohio High School Athletic Association to see what course of action, if any, Clinton-Massie has in this situation.

Clinton-Massie’s 2017 varsity football schedule is:

1-East Clinton, home

2-Coldwater, home

3-Springfield Shawnee, home

4-Miami Trace, away

5-Open

6-Batavia, away

7-Western Brown, home

8-Goshen, away

9-New Richmond, home

10-Wilmington, away

Clinton-Massie and Chillicothe will not be playing varsity football in 2017, despite a verbal agreement to meet in Week 5, according to CM athletic director Cindy Running. In the photo, this year’s game was a thriller with the Falcons coming out on top 14-13. Cody Collingham, 35, and Trey Uetrecht, 40, on defense for Clinton-Massie.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_FB8_cm_35tackle-1.jpgClinton-Massie and Chillicothe will not be playing varsity football in 2017, despite a verbal agreement to meet in Week 5, according to CM athletic director Cindy Running. In the photo, this year’s game was a thriller with the Falcons coming out on top 14-13. Cody Collingham, 35, and Trey Uetrecht, 40, on defense for Clinton-Massie. Elizabeth Clark | News Journal File

By Mark Huber

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Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports

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