Comets fall to Colerain, finish season 9-3

Joey Deaton | Staff Writer

Mason football’s Team 56 stepped off the field for the last time on November 10, following a 49-21 defeat at the hands of the Colerain Cardinals.

The Cardinals took an early 14-0 lead after scoring on each of their first two possessions. A touchdown from senior Gunnar Leyendecker and a pair of scores from junior Ivan Pace gave Colerain a 21-0 halftime lead.

Senior Will Adams connected with senior Austin Croy for a 33-yard touchdown and senior Matt Sora punched in a one-yard run, but another two touchdown runs from Pace kept Colerain ahead of Mason 35-14 at the end of the third quarter.

Mason scored once more in the fourth when Adams passed to senior Tanner Knue for a two yard score. After Colerain added two more scores, the game ended with the Cardinals headed to the Elite Eight by a final of 49-21.

Although 29 seniors saw their high school careers end, Mason won a playoff game for a second straight year after defeating West Clermont 26-0 on November 3. Head coach Brian Castner said that his senior class enforced the expectation of being a playoff team.

“I think a lot of that expectation comes with this senior class,” Castner said. “They always expect to win whether they’re on the field or off the field; they have a very aggressive mindset of wanting to win. They love to compete.”

After Mason missed the playoffs for three consecutive years from 2012-2014, the Comets have now made the playoffs and hosted a first roundgame for three years in a row. Castner said that this has to do with a culture change around the players.

“I think as a young coach, I didn’t ever really come across that and now, in the last six-seven years of being at Mason, the culture has changed to an extent where that is the expectation,” Castner said. “It happens to be that this senior class had a lot to do that.”