Saturday, September 25, 1999

Mason beats WW for 3rd straight win




BY CAREY HOFFMAN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        After a 0-2 season start, Mason High has bounced back with three straight victories, including Friday night's 14-7 win over Winton Woods.

        Friday's victory put the Comets at 3-0 in the new Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye division.

        “This puts us to 3-0 in the league and in the driver's seat,” said Mason quarterback Adam Livingston, who ran for one touchdown and threw for the other. “It's just our chance now, our league to win or lose.”

        Mason scored on its second possession of the half, driving 62 yards on 16 plays to break a 7-7 tie.

        Livingston completed three passes in the drive, including an 8-yarder to Matt Davis on fourth-and-5.

        Livingston finished the drive with a naked bootleg on fourth down that ended with a 1-yard dive into the end zone for the game-winning TD.

        “I was telling the coaches to call the naked boot because (Winton Woods) was just flying to the ball,” Livingston said. “They finally called it on that fourth down and I got it in the end zone any way I could.”

        Livingston has been the backbone for Mason throughout the season. He had thrown for 689 yard entering Friday's game and added 131 yards on 14-of-21 passing.

        Mason was also boosted by the return of running back Danny Little, who ran for more than 1,300 yards last year. He missed the first three weeks of the season with a leg injury, then returned to rush for 90 yards last week.

        He was back to workhorse form in the second half Friday, rushing 20 times for 62 yards.

        “We weren't playing good defense when we were losing but we made a couple personnel changes and really picked it up the last couple of weeks,” Mason coach Tim Lichtenberg said.

        Mason allowed only 121 yards in the game, including 28 after halftime.

Mason ....... 0  7  7  0—14
Winton Woods ....... 0  7  0  0—7
M—Hoffert 6 pass from Livingston (Lyon kick)

        WW—Workman 2 run (McCoy kick)

        M—Livingston 1 run (Lyon kick)

        Records: M 3-2, 3-0 FAVC-B; WW 3-2, 1-2 FAVC-B.

       



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