Clinton-Massie football team set to embark on new journey this year

CLARKSVILLE, Ohio — Clinton-Massie senior right tackle Owen Trick doesn’t have too many individual goals this season.

“I want to win the state and that’s really it,” Trick said during practice last week. “I’m more of a team guy than anything.”

More than seven months after the Falcons won the Division IV state championship in a dramatic ending, Clinton-Massie wants a trip back to Canton in December.

“That’s the only thing that comes to mind,” Trick said. “We talk about it every day. But in the same breath, you have to worry about it every day. You have to take one thing at a time.”

That patience is what head coach Dan McSurley taught his players this summer. It’s just a new journey.

“We’re looking forward to this year,” said McSurley, who is in his 27th season. “We kind of put last year behind us, those memories and all those experiences. But I think football is different every year. You have a new team.”

There’s still a lot of familiarity for a Falcons program that’s been trying to win back-to-back state titles since 2012 and 2013.

Senior quarterback Keegan Lamb — last year’s backup quarterback — will lead the Falcons’ well-known three-option offense.

Clinton-Massie, a Division IV program, plays a tough schedule featuring three Division II opponents like Edgewood, Columbus St. Francis DeSales and Harrison. A Sept. 30 showdown with Western Brown and senior quarterback Drew Novak could go a long way in determining a Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference title.

McSurley said he wants the Falcons to limit potential injuries each week in order to prepare to play at a high level.

“It’s really about attrition,” McSurley said. “Teams that can field a healthy squad at the end of the year have a huge advantage, so that will be a real focus for us.”

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