Back on Friday, October 6, 2017, I witnessed my last High School Football Game inside of Beavercreek High School’s (BHS) Miami Valley Hospital Stadium (MVHS). On that very night, BHS lost a very tough contest to Wayne High School (WHS). After that night, Beavercreek ended up playing one, final Home Game. Due to having to cover another game, I missed that Senior Night Game. Upon exiting MVHS on 10/06/2017, I was under the impression that I would not return until the 2018 Season. Once Ohio’s 2017 High School Football Regular Season concluded on Friday, October 27, 2017, I possessed one wish. That wish was for either MVHS or Xenia, Ohio’s Doug Adams Stadium (DAS) to host a Playoff Game. In the First Round, I knew that it was not possible. Once the Second Round was scheduled to begin, I knew that it was a possibility of taking place. Well, here I am. Tonight (Friday, November 10, 2017), the Second Round is taking place. My wish has come true. Currently, I am sitting inside of MVHS. In just mere minutes, I will be covering a Regional Semifinal (Second Round) Game. The competing teams will be Clinton-Massie High School (CMHS) and Valley View High School (VVHS).
The CMHS Falcons possesses an Overall Record of 10-1. The VVHS Spartans possesses an Overall Record of 11-0. This forthcoming game will be a battle between two Great Teams. Better yet, yours truly has not witnessed either team play in 2017. Therefore, I get to see two teams which will present me with things my eyes have not seen. It always feels great to cover new teams. Due to the fact that I do not know much about either team, I do not know what to expect. During the 2017 Season, I have not followed either CMHS or VVHS. Other than what I have watched on local news, I know nothing. Unlike the teams which I had to cover, I did not do any studying. When I knew that I would be covering this game, I briefly studied both teams. I just did not do extensive studying which I normally perform. Clinton-Massie won the Official Coin Toss. The team has deferred until the Second Half. Valley View will start on Offense.
After the opening kickoff, Valley View High School started on its own 20-Yard Line. After rushes on both 1st Down and 2nd Down, the ball rested on the 28-Yard Line. On 3rd Down and 2, Quarterback Collin Wood threw an Incomplete Pass. The intended receiver dropped the ball (10:45). With 10:44 on the clock, the Spartans had to Punt. Clinton-Massie High School’s Offense started from its own 41-Yard Line. On 2nd Down and 12, the ball was on the 39-Yard Line. Grant Rudy rushed the ball to Valley View’s 39-Yard Line (22-Yards – 9:47). On 2nd Down and 6 from the Spartans’ 35-Yard Line, Quarterback Corey Stulz kept the ball. He sped his way 30-Yards down the field. When he was tackled, Stulz had reached VV’s 5-Yard Line (9:07). On 1st and Goal, Weston Trampler got the ball to the 1-Yard Line. Once the next play got underway, Trampler took the ball into the end zone (8:16). After the successful completion of Derick Carlisle’s Extra Point Kick, Clinton-Massie leads Valley View 7-0. Valley View’s next Offensive Drive started on its own 29-Yard Line. It was very short too.
On 2nd Down and 11 from the 28-Yard Line, Wood completed a pass to PJ Varnadoe. The 14-Yard Play ended on the 42-Yard Line (7:29). On 1st Down and 10, Collin Genslinger took the hand-off. Eventually, he ended up fumbling the ball. Clinton-Massie’s Defense recovered the fumble (7:24). The ball rested on the Spartans’ 38-Yard Line. On 2nd Down and 13 from the 41-Yard Line, Stulz kept the ball. VV’s Defense instantly hit Stulz hard. The ball remained on VV’s 41-Yard Line. The next play ended with Christian Poynter moving the ball only 5-Yards. With the scoreboard reading 5:35, the ball was sitting on the 36-Yard Line. Instead of punting, the Falcons decided to conduct a play. On 4th Down and 8, Stulz completed a 20-Yard Pass to Luke Richardson. With 5:19 remaining in the 1st Quarter, CMHS now faced 1st Down and 10 on VVHS’s 16-Yard Line. After the snap, Poynter moved the ball to the 7-Yard Line. On 2nd Down and 1, Trampler rushed the ball to the 2-Yard Line. The First Down was obtained (4:45).
On 1st and Goal, Poynter obtained the 2-Yard Touchdown (4:23). Carlisle’s Extra Point Kick Attempt was Good. Clinton-Massie leads Valley View 14-0. A Sack hampered the Spartans’ Offensive Drive. The team went three plays and out. On 4th Down and 9 from its own 16-Yard Line, Valley View had to Punt (2:59). Clinton-Massie took over at Midfield (50-Yard Line). At the 1:21 mark, the ball was on Valley View’s 43-Yard Line. On 3rd Down and 1, Poynter picked up 9-Yards. With 17-Seconds remaining in the 1st Quarter, the Falcons faced 2nd Down and 7. The ball was on the Spartans’ 31-Yard Line. Poynter obtained another First Down. His run gained 7-Yards. At the end of the 1st Quarter, Clinton-Massie leads Valley View 14-0. Shortly after the beginning of the 2nd Quarter, a Holding Penalty was assessed against CM’s Offense. The ball moved backed to VV’s 32-Yard Line.
On 2nd Down and 18, a rushing play took place. The runner ended up fumbling the ball. Valley View’s Defense recovered the fumble (10:52). The ball was on Valley View’s 24-Yard Line. Instantly, Genslinger made a 15-Yard Run. After Genslinger went on to rush the ball twice more, the ball was positioned on the Spartans’ own 45-Yard Line. On 3rd Down and 4, Wood completed a pass to Varnadoe. The 17-Yard Completion placed the ball on the Falcons’ 38-Yard Line (9:51). Then, VV went back to Genslinger. His legs moved the ball 5-Yards. On 2nd Down and 5 from the 33-Yard Line, Wood completed a 15-Yard Pass to Varnadoe (9:11). On 1st Down and 10, Genslinger ran the ball to the 8-Yard Line (9:05). On 1st and Goal, Genslinger picked up the 8-Yard Touchdown (9:01). During the play, Genslinger ran up the middle. As he got closer to the end zone, he ran right over a defender. After that, Genslinger went into the end zone. Christian Meyers’ Extra Point Kick was Good. By the score of 14-7, Valley View trails Clinton-Massie.
With 7:32 on the clock, Clinton-Massie faced 3rd Down and 3 from its own 41-Yard Line. After the snap, Trampler took the hand-off. Then, he proceeded to make a 3-Yard Run. At 6:28, the ball was on the 45-Yard Line. On 1st Down and 10, Daulton Wolfe obtained the 10-Yard First Down. He was brought down on Valley View’s 45-Yard Line. From that point forward, the Falcons would go on to move the ball only 2-Yards. The team had moved it 5-Yards. However, a fumbled snap lost 3-Yards. On 4th Down and 8 from the Spartans’ 43-Yard Line, CMHS was forced to Punt (3:36). Valley View’s Offensive Drive started on the team’s own 17-Yard Line. On 2nd Down and 10, Wood threw a Deep Pass downfield. Although the pass was incomplete, flags were thrown. Clinton-Massie’s Defense was penalized for Pass Interference (2:48). That penalty moved the ball to the Spartans’ 32-Yard Line. On 1st Down, Wood completed a 15-Yard Pass to Varnadoe (2:39). On the next play, Genslinger rushed the ball from the 47-Yard Line to CMHS’s 32-Yard Line (21-Yard Pass – 2:32).
With 1:41 remaining in the 2nd Quarter (and First Half), Valley View faced 4th Down and 5 from Clinton-Massie’s 27-Yard Line. During the process of picking up the 5-Yards which he needed, Genslinger moved the ball to the 22-Yard Line. Behind the continued running done by Genslinger, the ball got to the 15-Yard Line. A 3rd Down and 3 rush by Wood went absolutely nowhere. On 4th Down and 3, the ball was still on CM’s 15-Yard Line. Instead of attempting a Field Goal, VV decided to perform a play. After the snap, Wood was intercepted by the Falcons’ Thomas J. Myers (29-Seconds). At the end of the First Half, Clinton-Massie leads Valley View 14-7. Clinton-Massie started the Second Half with possession of the football. The team’s Offensive Drive started on its own 15-Yard Line. The Falcons went three plays and out. On 4th Down and 9 from the 16-Yard Line, CM was forced to Punt (10:25). The ball was downed on the Spartans’ 35-Yard Line. On 1st Down and 10, Genslinger ripped off a 27-Yard Run. He was brought down on Clinton-Massie’s 38-Yard Line (10:07).
With 8:53 on the clock, Valley View faced 4th Down and 2 from Clinton-Massie’s 30-Yard Line. Before the snap-from-center could even take place, the Falcons’ Defense committed an Encroachment Violation. That penalty moved the ball to the 25-Yard Line, and it gave the Spartans a First Down. On 2nd Down and 10, Genslinger took the ball to the end zone (8:41). Before the Extra Point Kick could even be attempted, VVHS was assessed a penalty. Therefore, no Kick Attempt even took place. VVHS trails CMHS 14-13. Clinton-Massie’s next Offensive Drive was quick and to the point. On 1st Down and 10 from CM’s own 40-Yard Line, Stulz threw a Deep Pass downfield. Luke Richardson made the reception, and he went on to make the 60-Yard Touchdown (8:25). Richardson had multiple defenders beat. Carlisle’s Extra Point Kick was Good. Clinton-Massie leads Valley View 21-13. After a Holding Violation was committed during the Kickoff Return by Valley View, the Spartans’ Offensive Drive started from its own 9-Yard Line. VVHS went on to go three plays and out. On 4th Down and 6 from the 13-Yard Line, VVHS had to Punt (6:40).
During the Punt, Valley View committed a Personal Foul. The ball was placed on the Spartans’ 35-Yard Line. On 2nd Down and 8, the ball was on the 33-Yard Line. At 5:42, Tyler Beam rushed to the end zone for the Touchdown. Carlisle’s Extra Point Kick was Good. Clinton-Massie leads Valley View 28-13. At the 5:15 mark, Valley View had a 2nd Down and 4 on its own 41-Yard Line. Before the ball could be snapped, Clinton-Massie’s Defense committed an Encroachment Violation. That mistake gave the Spartans a First Down. The ball was moved to the Spartans’ 46-Yard Line. On 1st Down and 10, Genslinger took the hand-off. He went on to fumble the ball. Luckily, VVHS was able to recover the loose ball. The ball was recovered on CMHS’s 33-Yard Line (4:45). On 1st Down and 10, Wood threw a Deep Pass into the end zone. The pass was incomplete (4:21). The intended receiver was open. However, the ball was too far in front of him. He was unable to reach the ball.
On 2nd Down and 10, Wood completed a 14-Yard Pass to Varnadoe. That completion placed the ball on the 19-Yard Line (4:14). After a run on 1st Down obtained only 3-Yards, Valley View had 2nd Down and 7 on Clinton-Massie’s 16-Yard Line. Genslinger rushed the ball to the end zone (3:07). Christian Meyers’ Extra Point Kick was Good. CMHS’s lead is now down to 28-20. At the end of the 3rd Quarter, the score remained 28-20. At the 8:33 mark of the 4th Quarter, VVHS’s Offense was on CMHS’s 29-Yard Line. After the snap-from-center, Wood was intercepted by Clinton-Massie’s Luke Richardson. With 5:09 remaining in the game, CMHS had a 1st Down and 10 on VVHS’s 43-Yard Line. The ball was handed off. The runner went on to fumble the ball. Luckily, the Falcons’ Offense avoided a catastrophic mistake. CM recovered the loose ball. Clinton-Massie continued its Offensive Drive which chewed up a lot of time. At 1:26, Clinton-Massie faced 4th Down and 3 on Valley View’s 12-Yard Line. The Falcons got into Field Goal Formation. Unfortunately, Carlisle’s Field Goal Attempt was blocked.
With 1:23 remaining in the game, Valley View was left with the following. The ball was on the Spartans’ own 20-Yard Line. In order to score a Touchdown, VVHS would have to go 80-Yards. In addition, a 2-Point Conversion would be needed to tie the game and send it to Overtime Play. On 2nd Down and 10, Genslinger picked up 10-Yards (1:12). At the 50-Seconds mark, Valley View faced another 2nd Down Play. This time, it was 2nd Down and 1 on Valley View’s own 39-Yard Line. Genslinger proceeded to rush the ball to Midfield (50-Yard Line). The next play ended with Wood completing a 25-Yard Pass to Cade Cradlebaugh (38-Seconds). The drive stalled on Clinton-Massie’s 25-Yard Line. At one point, Wood threw a pass into the end zone. Austin Clark was the intended receiver. Unfortunately, the pass was incomplete. With 21-Seconds remaining in regulation, Valley View was left with 4th Down and 10 from Clinton-Massie’s 25-Yard Line. Wood went on to throw an Incomplete Pass (17-Seconds). By the Final Score of 28-20, Clinton-Massie High School defeated Valley View High School. If indeed this was the final Football Game which I have covered for the 2017 Calendar Year, my coverage definitely went out with a BANG!