Clinton-Massie beats St. Clairsville in Div. IV


CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Bayle Wolf's biggest play wasn't one of his five touchdowns.

Wolf ran for 220 yards and all those scores, but his interception with 1:30 left helped preserve Clinton-Massie's 46-36 win over St. Clairsville on Friday for the Falcons' first state Division IV football championship.

"It was huge," Wolf said. "They had some momentum. I was just so happy. I had some green ahead of me, but I just slid down so that I didn't make a mistake and just win the game."

Wolf scored on a 9-yard run and 36-yard pass from Tyler Uetrecht in the first three minutes for the Falcons (15-0). They totaled 822 points this year, a state record for any level.

"That's just an overwhelming feat," coach Dan McSurley said. "You don't go into a season thinking you can do that."

St. Clairsville (14-1) rallied from a 19-0 deficit in its first title game. The Red Devils got within 39-36 as Matt Kinnick passed for 437 yards. The senior quarterback had scoring throws of 7, 76, 9 yards and 46 yards to Jerrid Marhefka.

"It was as we expected, a lot of emotion and both teams showed some of the fireworks that people thought would happen," Red Devils coach Brett McLean said. "We couldn't quite claw all the way back."

Marhefka had nine receptions and a title-game record 272 yards. Kinnick finished 21 of 39 for 437 yards, two shy of the state title game mark in the division.

"We played well, got into our offense, but they are so tough to stop," Kinnick said. "They just overwhelmed us in blocking."

Clinton-Massie totaled 408 yards on 60 carries. Wyatt Running added 101 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown.

Yet it was the Falcons' unheralded defense that came through in the fourth quarter. They held St. Clairsville to its' lowest point total of the season -- helped by stopping the Red Devils on four downs inside the 2.

"That was the game right there, actually," McSurley said.

McLean agreed: "We needed that one more score right there, and then one more stop. We were confident we could score and we put up some points. We lived on speed all season, but they matched it."

Still, St. Clairsville kept moving the ball on offense, just about matching the Falcons' potent attack.

"I was on pins and needles all the time," McSurley said. "That it came down to Bayle's interception to win it shows how close it really was. That was the play of the game."