NEW CONCORD, Ohio – The John Glenn football team is going through their paces for their first final four game since Jimmy Carter was in office. And their opponent this week runs an offensive that resembles a time when FDR was in office.
The Little Muskies will take on powerhouse Clinton-Massie this Friday with a trip to the state title game on the line. The Falcons have been in the playoffs for 16 consecutive years – winning it all in 2012 and 2013. They’ll run an offense that is a bit of a throwback. In 13 games this year they’ve only attempted 32 passes. John Glenn quarterback Justin Heacock attempted 31 passes in last Friday’s game alone.
Third year Little Muskie head coach Matt Edwards knows that Clinton-Massie is a tough team to prepare for.
“We had to dust it (Clinton-Massie’s offense) off. It’s a pre-forward pass deal. They are very very good at it. They’ve very efficient, very effective. They are big and physical. They do what they do and they just do it over and over again,” said Edwards.
The Falcons beat a previously undefeated Wyoming team last week to earn a spot in the state final four. Their record at the end of the regular season stood at 9-1. Their lone loss came in week eight when they fell by three points to Goshen.
The Little Muskies had little problems last week with MVL foe Philo. John Glenn pounded the Electrics 38-7. Quarterback Justin Heacock was nearly flawless in the win, passing for 225 yards, two touchdowns, and no picks. Combined that with the 133 yards rushing from senior running back Shane Bonner and it was a fairly easy win for the boys from New Concord.
Coach Edwards says throughout this playoff run the community has been unbelievable.
“This community supports athletics and they really rally around their players. We’ve had a tremendous outpouring from the student section, to parents, to community members,” said Edwards.
Winner of Friday’s game will move on the DIV state championship game in Canton and they’ll play the winner of the Steubenville-Shelby game.
The game will kickoff from Hilliard Darby High School at 7:30. You can hear live play-by-play on Z92 (92.7) Radio.