London advances to regional championship

Photo courtesy of Chris Whitacre
London’s K.J. Price scores on a 4-yard run on an opening first quarter drive against Clinton-Massie in a high school playoff game on Nov. 10.

(Posted Nov. 15, 2018)

London traveled to neutral site Miami Trace on Nov. 10 and defeated second seeded Clinton-Massie 28-7 in the Division IV Regional semi-final high school playoff game.

London received the opening kickoff and launched a 14-play drive that culminated with K.J. Price’s 4-yard touchdown run. With Eric Noble’s extra point kick, London took a 7-0 lead that it never gave up.

London held on Massie’s first series, then mounted a four-play drive highlighted by Brennen Spiess’s 56-yard run to the 1-yard line. Price plunged over to score, and with Noble’s kick, the score was 14-0.

London held on the next series and started a 13-play drive that Bricker Thiel finished off with a 1-yard run. After Noble’s point after, London led 21-0 with 1:44 left in the half. Massie then mounted a last-minute drive, scoring with 7.1 seconds left in the half to make the score 21-7.

In the second half, after holding Massie on downs at London’s 19-yard line, the Raiders started a 15-play drive of their own that ended deep in Massie’s territory, to take the game into the fourth quarter. After holding Massie on downs, London started a four-play drive themselves, ending with Spiess’s 25-yard touchdown jaunt. Noble’s PAT set the final score at 28-7.

London was led offensively by Spiess’s 165 yarsd rushing and Price’s rushes for 157 yards. London did not throw a pass, and the offensive line was overwhelming. The Raider defense was paced by Thiel’s season high 16 tackles. Nate Wells with eight tackles and Jayvion Stevens with six tackles backed up a strong defensive team outing.

London is now 11-1 for the season and faces Cincinnati Wyoming at Centerville at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 for the regional championship. Tickets at the gate are $9, and London fans must enter through Gate C.

– Submitted by Jim Smith

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