Mason football plays Trotwood-Madison in season opener – Web Exclusive

James Nosek | Staff Writer

Friday, August 27th kicked off the 2010 Mason Varsity football season under new head coach Brain Castner when the Comets played Trotwood-Madison High School. The Comets lost to Trotwood 22-10 and both schools combined for nine total turnovers.

Photo by Megan McCormack

In the opening drive for Mason, senior running back David Fulcher fumbled the ball at the 7:32 mark of the first quarter.

“Fulcher hasn’t played in a whole year, almost,” Castner said. “He has to get back into game mode.”

After a safety late in the first quarter and the score 2-0, Trotwood added to the lead when sophomore defensive back Cameron Burrows blocked a punt and returned it for a 46-yard touchdown. Trotwood’s lead at the end of the first quarter was 10-0.

The opening quarter’s outcome might have had something to do with first game nerves, according to Castner.

“I think [the first quarter] might have had a little to do with [nerves], [but] I don’t like to believe that,” Castner said.

Late in the second quarter, Trotwood sophomore running back, Marcus Graham, fumbled inside Trotwood’s 20-yard line, one of five turnovers of the night for Trotwood. The fumble set up a two-yard rushing touchdown by Fulcher, who leaped over the offensive line and scored.

Coming out of halftime, the Comets were down 10-7. At the five minute mark in the third quarter, there was an interception by senior defensive back, Ronald Swonger, who returned it to Trotwood’s 20-yard line. The interception resulted in a 31-yard field goal by junior Marcus Otte, which tied the game 10-10.

Less than a minute after Mason tied the game, Trotwood sophomore running back, Isreal Green, busted out for a 65-yard touchdown run, giving the Rams a 16-10 lead going into the fourth quarter. Trotwood added another rushing touchdown early in the fourth quarter, making the final score 22-10.

Despite a loss, the Mason community showed great support at tonight’s game, according to Castner.

“There was a great environment, a lot of excitement, and great support from our fans,” Castner said. “We had a good time for the most part.”