The Clinton Massie Falcons took advantage of 5 Hartley Hawks turnovers & rolled to a 45-21 win over the #1 state ranked team who were looking to win their 2nd state title in the last three years.
Massie trailed early 14-0 after Hartley scored twice on long runs in the first period as their defense held the Falcons to several 3 & outs.
With 48 seconds left in the 1st quarter Massie went on a 13 play drive that was capped off by Bayle Wolf first of five TDs that took about 4 1/2 minutes off the clock & cut the deficit to 14-7.
On the ensuing kickoff Hartley fumble & Travis Daughtery recovered the fumble. Five plays later Tyler Uehtrecht hit Kole Brogan on a 19 yard TD pass & Callum Jones PAT tied the game at 14 each.
Hartley again fumbled the next kickoff with Chance Wolfe recovering & 2 plays later Bryce Wolfe scored from a yard out to make it 21-14.
Hartley ran 1 play on offensive & fumbled for the third time in the quarter & Duane Sowers recovered & set up a 23 yard Callum Jones field goal as the clock ran out.
Massie 24 points off three Hawks turnovers in about a 7 minute time frame put them up 24-14 at the half.
After Massie recovered an on side kick to start the 2nd half, they were held to a three & out series & punted the ball to Hartley.
The Hawks unable to move the ball set up on 4th down to punt, but faked it & punter Cole Barringer ran it in from 52 yards for a score & then he kicked the PAT to make to 24-21.
Massie responded 3 minutes later as Wolfe again scored this time from 5 yards out to make it 31-21.
Later in the quarter Kole Brogan intercepted a Hartley pass that set up another Wolfe TD this one from a yard out to make it 38-21.
Massie score again in the 4th period & will now play in the Division 4 championship game next Friday November 30th at 3pm inside Canton Fawcett Stadium against the 7th rank Saint Clairsville Red Devils.
Massie finished unofficially with 277 yards on the ground. They were led by Wyatt Running with 99 yards, Bayle Wolfe with 84 yards & Tyler Uethrecht with 39 yards.
Both teams will enter the championship game at (14-0). Saint Clairsville defeated the defending state D4 champions Creston Norwayne 40-27 Friday night.