Clinton-Massie cruises by Unioto in first round

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WOUB) — Clinton-Massie came into Friday’s game defending their 2021 state championship in Division IV. They have also won three titles in ten years and 23 of their last 30 playoff games. In the same period Unioto had only won one of five playoff games. The division IV perennial powerhouse Falcons took care of business dominating the Shermans 38-0. 

Clinton-Massie’s rushing attack was at the forefront of the offense. 

All night long the Falcons loaded the backfield and were consistently able to break off big plays causing trouble for the Shermans. Logan Chesser led the way with 162yds on 13 carries, along with two touchdowns. Gavan Hunter, and Brody Clutter also pitched in with 78, and 66 yards, respectively. All five touchdowns were scored on the ground and the Falcons finished the night with 333 total rushing yards. 

Unioto’s inability to convert in crucial situations. 

From the opening drive to late in the fourth quarter Unioto was unable to get the extra yard on fourth down. Multiple turnovers on downs cost the Shermans points in red-zone situations. Even after solid drives the offense stalled out and was deflated heading back to the sideline. These stalls cost Unioto the game as they fell behind too far to come back. On the night they were only able to convert one fourth down on six attempts and finished with a 30% conversion rate on third down.  

The Falcons ability to play complementary football was huge. 

Clinton-Massie proved early they were able to move the ball on the ground, and their defense proved to be stingy with opportunities to take the ball away. All night long the defense was making plays setting the offense up in great positions. Forcing three interceptions and only allowing 130 rush yards Clinton-Massie tightened up to give the Shermans problems. The offense took full advantage of their chances scoring off turnovers consistently.  

Experience prevails over the underdog. 

Over the past 10 years the Falcons have been a dominant team in division IV. Winning three state titles, finishing runner-up in 2017 and taking home a total of five regional championships. For Unioto it has been quite the opposite, only playing in five total playoff games. Throughout the game it was clear Clinton-Massie was the more comfortable and confident team as they ran away with the win.