Saturday, October 16, 1999
Mason 35, Harrison 0
Comets earn share of title
BY MARK SCHMETZER
MASON The Mason Comets were doing well relying on their passing.
Mason's Danny Little tries to escape Harrison's John Wittenbrock and Steve Wells.
(Jeff Swinger photos)
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Their future got brighter when they unveiled a renewed running game Friday night.
Senior running back Danny Little, who had been hampered by a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee for most of the season, gained 69 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Mason to a 35-0 victory over Harrison in a key Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division game.
Mason, picked by FAVC coaches to finish fourth in the division, won its sixth consecutive game to improve to 6-0 in the league, 6-2 overall. The Comets, seventh in the region's Division I Harbin computer rankings, clinched a tie with Anderson for the inaugural division championship. Mason plays its conference finale at Glen Este next Friday.
Harrison (5-3, 4-2), which was ranked No.6 in the Division II region computer ratings, lost a second consecutive division game.
Obviously, Mason's won the league, and they'll probably move up in the computer rankings, Harrison coach Dick Nocks said. I hope they get a chance to strut their stuff in the (postseason).
Mason's Adam Livingston (11) deflects a pass to Harrison's Shaun Patton.
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Little, who gained 1,348 yards rushing last season, was far off that pace going into the game, but he carried the ball five times on Mason's seven-play initial possession, including the 13-yard touchdown run.
He followed up with a 27-yard scoring run early in the second quarter that left Mason with a two-touchdown lead.
Little called last year the glory days.
One of our senior goals this year was to make the Division I playoffs, and it was killing me not to play in the first two games.
Said Mason coach Tom Lichtenberg: Danny's coming back a little more every week. I think he takes a little bit of pressure off (quarterback Adam) Livingstone.
Harrison drove to the Mason 20 with the next possession, but a holding penalty knocked the Wildcats out of field-goal range, and Mason reverted to its passing game. Livingstone completed four passes, three to senior wide receiver Brandon Sammons, including a 3-yard touchdown toss with 22 seconds left in the half.
Livingstone, a third-year starter, was 10-for-13 for 147 yards by halftime.
Mason junior inside linebacker B.J. Simons picked off a deflected Pat Hannon pass on Harrison's first possession of the second half, and after Little went 41 yards to the Wildcat 8-yard line, Livingstone converted the turnover into a touchdown with a 5-yard run.
Our defense is swarming, Lichtenberg said. We've got a lot of people coming to the football. We make mistakes, but we have other people back there to clean them up.
Little was relieved after that possession and finished with 14 carries and 110 yards. Mason sophomore Michael Silverman added a 28-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter.
Harrison ....... 0 0 0 0 0
Mason ....... 7 14 7 735
MLittle 13 run (Lyon kick)
MLittle 27 run (Lyon kick)
MSammons 3 pass from Livingstone (Lyon kick)
MLivingstone 5 run (Lyon kick)
MSilverman 28 run (Lyon kick)
Records: Harrison 5-3, 4-2 FAVC Buckeye; Mason 6-2, 6-0 FAVC Buckeye.
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How ranked teams fared
Aiken 26, Woodward 20
Anderson 42, Amelia 18
Badin 28, McNicholas 13
Batavia 10, New Richmond 7
Beechwood 50, Holy Cross 14
Bellevue 28, Ludlow 6
Brookville 24, Middletown Madison 17
Bryan Station 41, Boone County 28
Chaminade-Julienne 42, Ontario St. Thomas Aquinas 6
CHCA 54, Landmark Christian 0
Cincinnati Country Day 50, Lockland 21
Colerain 42, Hamilton 21
Covington Catholic 24, Holmes 7
Fairfield 28, Princeton 7
Finneytown 21, Mariemont 14
Goshen 35, Norwood 28
Grant County 47, Montgomery County 27
Henry Clay 49, Campbell County 7
Highlands 24, Dixie Heights 6
Hillsboro 22, Bethel-Tate 7
Hughes 6, Withrow 0
Indian Hill 27, Deer Park 3
Indianapolis Cathedral Prep 34, LaSalle 24
Kings 42, Wilmington 7
Lakota West 38, Sycamore 34
Lebanon 49, Ross 21
Lima Senior 35, Lakota East 32
Little Miami 13, Loveland 7
Madeira 28, Taylor 0
Mason 35, Harrison 0
Middletown 14, Milford 7
Moeller 19, Franklin Co. 18
Newport 32, Lloyd 0
Newport Catholic 22, Dayton 0
North College Hill 44, New Miami 6
Northwest 19, Glen Este 14
Oak Hills 22, East Central 16
Purcell Marian 20, Roger Bacon 17
Ryle 35, Scott County 20
St. Xavier 30, Elder 13
Turpin 35, Winton Woods 0
Walnut Hills 46, Mount Healthy 8
Western Brown 42, Summit Country Day 37
Western Hills 44, Taft 0
Williamsburg 37, Clermont Northeastern 6
Wyoming 42, Reading 3