Mason Defeats Sycamore For First Time In Three Seasons

MASON, ohi0 – Mason escapes a second half surge from Sycamore to win 30-27 in overtime Friday night at Dwire Field in Atrium Stadium.

Mason kicker Charles Sipe kicked a 42-yard field goal in the first possession in overtime to take the lead and the defense stopped the Aviators in their overtime possession to secure the win. TriState Football talked with Sipe after the game, and he said this was his most memorable kick in high school career.

“I have kicked from that distance in many situations and have practiced but have never had a kick that big in a game,” said the senior kicker.

The defense stopped the Aviators on downs after Sycamore started its overtime possession with a 21-yard run that took them to the four-yard line. The Aviators lost six yards on their play, and then had three straight incomplete passes from the 10-yard line, included a tipped ball in the endzone on the final play.

Sycamore had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation after coming back from a 20-6 deficit, but the kick was blocked as time expired.

“This was a huge team win after losing the last three years to Sycamore,” Mason senior quarterback Collin Brown. “We were ready for this and knew we had it after we scored and then they came back and missed the field goal.”

The Comets controlled the first half of the game behind the running of Logan Dalton. The senior running back ran for over 150 yards, 96 of those came in the first half. The majority of that yardage coming on just two carries. He ran for a 53-yard run on just the third play of the game, and then in the second quarter Dalton found the endzone on a 35-yard run. He found the endzone a third time on a 53-yard touchdown with just under five minutes left in the game to tie the game at 27-27.

“I give a lot of the credit to the offensive line because if it wasn’t for them I would have not gotten to the second level of their defense,” said Dalton. “We showed adversity after we came out strong, and then we held them off after they came back.”

Dalton said this game was very important and that the team wanted it bad after losing the last few seasons.

Sycamore junior quarterback Drew Altemuehle led the Aviators back in the third quarter after trailing by double digits. He threw two touchdown passes to Jordan McConnel and Lee May. McConnel had a halfback pass to senior David NiBkack that setup his touchdown reception three plays later.

In the ensuing possession after McConnel’s touchdown, Brown threw an interception to Dillon Andre that was returned 25 yards for the game-tying touchdown in the third quarter to make the 20-20.

May had his second touchdown in the fourth quarter that gave Sycamore a 27-20 lead, but Mason tied it again with Dalton’s third touchdown in the game.

Mason head coach Brian Castner said in his postgame message to the team that they will never forget this thrilling overtime win.

Now the Mason Comets will take their undefeated conference record on the road against the winless Hamilton Big Blue. Sycamore will have another challenge as they host undefeated Colerain.

Sycamore 6-0-22-6-0-27
Mason 13-7-0-7-3-30

H: Brown 1-yd run (Sipe kick)
V: Altermuehle 2-yd pass to May (PAT blocked)
H: Brown 45-yd pass to Niehoff (pass failed)
H: Dalton: 35-yd run (Sipe kick)
V: Altermuehle 6-yd pass to McConnel (pass failed)
V: Andre 25-yd INT return (Altermuehle to NiBlack)
V: Altermuehle: 18-yd pass to May (Ferron kick)
H: Dalton: 53-yd run (Sipe kick)
H: Sipe: 42-yd FG

RECORDS: Sycamore (3-1, 1-1); Mason (3-1, 2-0)
UP NEXT: Sycamore hosts Colerain (4-0, 2-0); Mason at Hamilton (0-4, 0-2)

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