Mason victorious over Princeton at last home game of the season

Matthew Smith | Staff Writer

On senior night at Dwire field, Mason defeated Princeton 16-13.

The game was a defensive battle, as the two offenses combined for nine points in the first half. At the conclusion of the first half Mason held a 6-3 advantage powered by 48 and 23 yard field goals by Charlie Sipe.

Defense was the name of the game again in the second half. Princeton pushed ahead 10-6, when Viking running back Trey Key found the end zone on a six yard touchdown run.

The Comets were able to recapture the lead at the 2:31 mark of the third quarter when junior quarterback Collin Brown was able to score the only Comet touchdown on a one yard run, giving Mason a 13-10 lead. Princeton came back to knot the score early in the fourth quarter when kicker Bryce Burton hit a 32 yard field goal.

The final margin of victory would ultimately be decided by Sipe who nailed a 39 yard field goal with a little over four minutes remaining to give the Comets a 16-13 lead.

Princeton’s final attempt to retake the lead was thwarted by the stingy Mason defense as the Comets held on for a crucial 16-13 victory.  The win keeps Mason just one game behind Colerain in the GMC and solidifies a play-off berth in the upcoming high school football state play-offs. The Comets improve to 7-2 overall and 6-1 in the conference.

Senior running back Logan Dalton led the Comets on the ground with 130 yards rushing on 28 carries.  Dalton sits just 71 yards away from the 1,000 yards rushing mark with 929 yards on the season.

While the final state play-off pairings are yet to be announced. That will come after the completion of the week 10, a Comets play-off berth would be the fourth straight year of qualifying for post season play. Mason qualified for the play-offs after the 2015, 2016, and 2017 seasons.

Mason concludes the regular season next week by traveling to Fairfield.  The Indians and the Comets are currently tied for second place in the conference with 6-1 records.  Fairfield is led by junior running back Jutahn McClain who leads the GMC in rushing with 1,497 and 29 touchdowns.

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Photos by Tanner Pearson.