Bayle Wolf was in eighth grade the last time Clinton-Massie faced Alter in the high school football playoffs and the senior remembers the Knights’ 32-7 win in the 2009 Region 16 final well.
“I had some buddies that I played with in that senior class my freshman year that lost to Alter,” Wolf said. “I was doing this for them.”
Continuing a career that ranks as one of the best in Ohio high school history, Wolf rushed for all three of the Falcons’ touchdowns in a 21-14 win over Alter in the Division IV, Region 14 final before 7,000-plus at Welcome Stadium.
Wolf has 107 career touchdowns (97 on the ground), No. 6 all-time in Ohio.
“He’s a special runner,” Alter coach Ed Domsitz said. “He doesn’t go down easy. To be able to run against our defense the way he did is a tribute to him and his offensive line.”
Wolf’s resume also includes a third straight regional title.
Massie (12-1), the defending D-IV state champions, used a punishing ground game and played keep-away long enough to outlast the Knights (11-2).
The Falcons capped a 19-play, 74-yard third-quarter drive that took 8:16 off the clock with Wolf’s third touchdown to take a 21-7 lead.
Alter, which managed 101 yards of offense through three quarters, went down swinging, however.
The Knights cut the deficit to 21-14 on a 1-yard run by Thomas Alig at the 6:20 mark of the fourth quarter and got the ball back with 3:19 to play. Alter, aided by two clutch pass completions from Dusty Hayes to Nick Coleman and Jeff Burwinkel, managed to reach the Massie 11 before turning the ball over on downs with a little over a minute left.
“Having the opportunity to compete in a regional final is something most kids don’t get to experience,” Wolf said. “To win three in a row is something I’ll never forget.”
Wolf ran for 125 yards on 36 carries as Massie ended with just 200 total yards. Alter had 222, 121 of which came in the fourth quarter.
Both defenses were on their game. Massie, however, is the team that gets to play one more. The Falcons take on Kenton in a state semifinal next Friday. The location will be released Sunday.
“It was a hard, physical grind-it-out game,” Massie coach Dan McSurley said. “It was fitting how it ended.”
Said Domsitz: “That was two very good football teams in the regional final and that’s what you’d expect.”