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Combine the names of the Clinton-Massie backfield tandem and it sounds like an Indian chief’s moniker, Running Wolf. Friday night senior Wyatt Running and Bayle Wolfe showed the toughness of great warriors leading their tribe to victory over the state’s top ranked, Division IV team, Bishop Hartley (13-0) by a resounding, 45-21 margin.
The night started off slow for C-M as Hartley jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter advantage. The Hawks dominated the period. The wheels would fall off from their as the Falcons defense and special teams forced three second quarter turnovers. That led to a string of 24 unanswered points by Clinton-Massie as they built a 24-14 halftime advantage. Bishop Harley would turn the ball over five times on the night.
Running and Wolf would go to work in the second stanza and not stop until the final ticks of the clock as Clinton-Massie will play for its first ever state title next Friday night against undefeated St. Clairsville (14-0). The duo would combine for 183 yards rushing on 45 carries and Wolf would find the end zone five times on the night. Wolf now has 13 rushing touchdowns in four playoff tilts and 37 on the year to go along with his 1,841 yards on the ground. Running boosted his rushing total to 1,663 yards but did not add to his 21 scores.
Head coach, Dan McSurley of Clinton-Massie summed it up best about his squad who set the state record for points in a season, now at 776. “We scored 45 points against the best team in the state. We’re not a fluke!” Like the Falcons next week’s opponent, St. Clairsville who has been to sixth of the last seven playoffs has never been to the state championship game.
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