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Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium – Friday, December 2, 11:00 a.m.
Kirtland to First State Championship
Hornets hold Coldwater to seven points to win Division V title
MASSILLON, Ohio – The Kirtland defense continued its dominating
playoff ways holding Coldwater to seven points, winning 28-7, in the
2011 OHSAA Division V football state championship game Friday at
Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Second-ranked Kirtland (15-0), making
its first trip to the state finals, rushed for 410 yards and held the
ninth-ranked Cavaliers to only one score. During the 2011 playoffs Kirtland’s defense
allowed only 29 total points in five games, with the most points it
allowed in a single game being eight.
Hornet senior running
back Christian Hauber led the offense, running 30 times for 196 yards
and two touchdowns. He was accompanied by fellow running back, junior
Damon Washington who ran 18 times for 147 yard and two touchdowns.
Kirtland’s defense was
led by junior Josh Iammarino and senior Neil Ribelli. Iammarino totaled
10 tackles while Ribelli collected six and a half for the Hornets.
The Hornets took the
lead in the first quarter and never relinquished it during the game.
Christian Hauber scored on a six-yard touchdown run after an almost
seven-minute opening drive. Hauber was later injured in the first
quarter but would remain in and play the entire game. Damon Washington’s
seven-yard touchdown run with 10 seconds to go before half would push
the Kirtland lead to 14.
In the third quarter
Coldwater’s junior quarterback Austin Bruns led the Cavaliers on a
six-play, 80 yard touchdown drive that ended with Bruns scoring on a
six-yard scamper. The touchdown pulled Coldwater within seven heading
into the fourth quarter.
The Hornets would
respond right away with Hauber breaking off a 39 yard run on the ensuing
offensive possession leading to his second touchdown of the day. With a
little over four minutes remaining in the game, Washington scored his
second touchdown of the game on an 81 yard run putting the game out of
reach for the Cavaliers.
Kirtland wins its first
state football championship in its first trip to the finals. The
Hornets’ 15 wins is a school record and marks the first time they have
Coldwater has reached
the championship game the past three years, finishing as runner-up in
2009, 2010 and now 2011. The Cavaliers have now finished as state
runners-up five times and champions twice. The Cavaliers finish the
season with an 11-4 record.
Stadium - Friday, December 2, 3:00 p.m.
Mooney Defeats Springfield Shawnee to Win Eighth State Crown
Cardinals hold off late fourth quarter drive by Braves
CANTON, Ohio – No. 10 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney held off a potential
game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter by No. 7 Springfield Shawnee
to win the 2011 OHSAA Division III football state championship game
Friday at Canton Fawcett Stadium, 21-14. The Cardinals won their eighth
state title, tying Newark Catholic for second most all-time team
Mooney (11-3), making
its 11th state final appearance, overcame 30 yards in defensive
penalties in that last drive and took over on downs with 1:11 remaining
in the game on the Cardinals’ 17 yard line. The Cardinals rushed for 220
yards out of 272 total yards of offense. Senior running back Roosevelt
Griffin led the Cardinals with 119 yards on 21 carries and one
touchdown. P.J. Quinn, Mooney’s senior quarterback, controlled the
offense and rushed for two touchdowns. They were led defensively by the
Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, Courtney Love, who
totaled a team-high 7.5 tackles.
was led by its senior quarterback , AP Offensive Player of the Year,
Brad Jarzab, who was 10 for 29 passing for 122 yards and also rushed for
139 yards and both Braves’ touchdowns.
Entering the game, the
crowd expected two high-octane offenses to square off but instead saw a
0-0 tie at the end of the first quarter. The stalemate didn’t last long,
however, as Griffin rushed for a score on the first play of the second
quarter to cap off a seven-play, 36-yard drive. Shawnee responded three
minutes later when Jarzab had a 15-yard scoring run to tie the score
The Cardinals responded
as Roosevelt and junior running back Justus Ellis-Moore each rushed for
34-yard gains to set up a Quinn touchdown. Leading 14-7, Mooney junior
Marcus McWilson then intercepted a Jarzab pass and ran it back before
being shoved out of bounds at the Shawnee 18. Quinn eventually found the
end zone again to take a 21-7 Mooney lead into halftime.
The third quarter was a
repeat of the first quarter performance as neither team was able to put
any points up on the scoreboard. With a little over six minutes
remaining in the fourth, Shawnee faced a big third and seven when Jarzab
was able to connect with junior Alex McCroy for a 13-yard gain. The
Braves found the end zone again on a Jarzab seven-yard rush to cut the
lead to seven, 21-14. After an unsuccessful onside-kick with 5:38 left,
the Braves forced a punt which bounced into the end zone, setting up a
12-play, 63-yard drive that took them down to the Mooney 13. After a
costly Shawnee false start on fourth and one, Mooney senior Ryan
Farragher deflected a deep end zone pass to help seal the Division III
state title for the Cardinals.
The 2011 appearance
marked the sixth time in the last eight years the Cardinals have made it
to the state finals. They improve their all-time tournament record to
Shawnee, which was
making its first state appearance, drops its all-time playoff record to
Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium – Friday, December 2, 7 p.m.
Third Time’s the
Charm, Trotwood-Madison Wins First Football Title
Rams run past Avon 42-28 to win Division II Championship
MASSILLON, Ohio – No. 1 ranked Trotwood-Madison totaled 492 yards
of offense to defeat fifth-ranked Avon, 42-28, in the 2011 OHSAA
Division II championship game Friday at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger
The Rams’ Isreal Green
broke four individual state championship records in the victory. The
junior running back set records for most touchdowns in a game in all
divisions (6), most rushing touchdowns in a game in all divisions (6),
most points all divisions (36) and most rushing yards in a game for
Division II (326).
As a team,
Trotwood-Madison set the record in Division II title games with 492
yards of total offense. The mark places the Rams eighth on the all-time
list for total offense in a championship game.
Together Trotwood and
Avon set the Division II mark for most combined total yards in a
championship game with 818, placing the game ninth on the all-time list
for all divisions.
The game itself was a
back-and-forth affair. The Rams held a 21 point advantage late in the
first half, but Avon was able to cut the lead to seven by the end of the
third quarter. In the 2010 championship game, Trotwood held a 19 point
lead against Maple Heights and was unable to hold on to the lead.
Avon was opportunistic,
scoring on an interception return in the first quarter and recovering an
onside kick late in the third quarter, trying to keep pace with the Rams
running attack, but ultimately fell short in its first trip to the state
championship game. The Eagles finish as runner-up with a 13-2 record.
The title is
Trotwood-Madison’s first in football in its third trip to the
championship game. The Rams finish the season undefeated at 15-0.
Trotwood had previously finished as runner-up in 2010 and 1981.
Canton Fawcett Stadium –
Saturday, December 3, 11:00 a.m.
No. 4 Marion Local
Soars Past Buckeye Central
Flyers win fifth state football championship
CANTON, Ohio – The No. 4 Maria Stein Marion Local Flyers used a
stellar offensive performance to soar past the unranked Buckeye Central
Bucks, 61-21, Saturday afternoon in the 2011 OHSAA Division VI football
state championship at Canton Fawcett Stadium. The win marks the fifth
state title for Marion Local (11, 07, 06, 01, 00) while Buckeye Central
takes home the runner-up trophy for the second time (11, 05).
Marion Local (13-2) was one of
two Midwest Athletic Conference teams (Coldwater, Division V) to make
the 2011 state tournament. With the Flyers’ win, the MAC has now won 11
state titles in the last nine years. The 61-point outburst by the
Flyers’ also ties them for the third-most points scored in a
championship game and the 82-combined points puts this game fifth
all-time for most combined points scored in a championship game.
The Marion Local squad
was led by its sophomore quarterback, Adam Bertke, who was responsible
for 278 yards through the air on 14 for 19 pass attempts and four
Buckeye Central (12-3) was led
by senior Adam Paynter, who ran for 115 yards on 11 attempts and scored
two touchdowns. Paynter averaged 10.5 yards a carry. He received help
from junior running back Michael Adkins, who earned 120 yards on 22
carries and a touchdown.
Marion Local used an
impressive balance of passing and rushing in the first half as they
totaled 274 yards of offense on 35 plays (189 yards passing, 85 yards
rushing). The Flyers didn’t waste any time establishing their senior
running back, Jake Heitkamp, in the game as the All-Ohioan rushed on
five of the first eight Marion Local plays and put the Flyers on the
scoreboard just 2:30 into the game. Heitkamp would finish
the game with 95 total rushing yards on 19 attempts. Marion Local scored
its second touchdown off a fumble recovery when freshman Jacy
Goettemoeller tackled the Bucks’ quarterback and allowed junior Alaric
Keller to scoop up the football and race into the end zone to put the
Flyers up two touchdowns. Not to be outdone by his younger brother,
senior Kellen Goettemoeller and Bertke connected for a 13-yard touchdown
to take a commanding 21-0 Marion Local lead into the second quarter. The
second quarter was the Lee Pieron and Bertke show as the quarterback
connected with his junior wide receiver for two touchdowns, one
17-yarder and one 11-yarder, to go up 34-0 at half.
The start of the second
half began much like the first for the Bucks as they faced a fourth and
14 just a minute into the third and was forced to punt. Marion Local
fumbled the punt return, however, and Buckeye Central junior Ryan
Wilfer’s recovery gave the Bucks new life. They marched down the field
for a seven-play, 51-yard drive that was capped off by a Paynter 17-yard
rushing touchdown (34-7). That drive marked the first time Buckeye
Central had entered Flyer territory on the afternoon.
The Flyers would
quickly quiet the Bucks, though, when Bertke connected with Pierron for
a 48-yard touchdown, capping off a two-play, 60-yard drive, just 39
seconds later. The touchdown was Pierron’s third of the day. With 3:44
remaining in the third, Heitkamp rushed for his second touchdown of the
afternoon and increase the lead to 47-7. Four plays later senior Trevor
Homan intercepted a Buckeye Central pass and ran it back for a
touchdown. The 85-yard pick set a Division VI football state
championship record, with the previous best being a 51-yard return by
Shaun Tompkins of Mogadore in the 1996 championship. Two minutes into
the fourth the Bucks found the scoreboard on a 1-yard Michael Adkins
touchdown and again with 3:12 remaining on a Adam Paynter 23-yard run.
Marion freshman J. Goettemoeller also scored his first state final
touchdown with 5:55 left in the fourth.
Massillon Paul Brown
Tiger Stadium – Saturday, December 4, 3:00 p.m.
Norwayne Downs No. 1
Kenton for First Football Title
Bobcats score within last minute to defeat Kenton 48-42
MASSILLON, Ohio – Unranked Creston Norwayne scored with
31-seconds left to upset No. 1 ranked Kenton, 48-42, to win the 2011
OHSAA Division IV state football championship Saturday at Massillon Paul
Brown Tiger Stadium.
The state football
title is Norwayne’s first in school history. The Bobcats finish the
season 14-1, setting a school record for wins in a season.
With just under three
minutes to go in the game, Norwayne senior quarterback Adam Wallace and
the Bobcats began an 80-yard touchdown drive capped off by a 31 yard
Wallace throw to sophomore Kaleb Harris for the winning score.
In a hard fought, back
and forth, title game there were six championship game records broken
and two tied.
Norwayne and Kenton
scored 13 touchdowns between them, tying a Division IV record, and were
a combined 42 of 74 passing for 703 yards, setting Division IV
championship game records in all three categories. Both teams also
combined to score 90 points, which is third all-time in a championship
The Bobcats also tied a
Division IV title game record, scoring seven touchdowns.
In a game that was
eventually decided by scoring late, Norwayne’s defense set the tone
early with constant pressure on the Wildcat offense. Bobcat sophomore
defensive back Trevahn Beery intercepted a Wildcat pass twice in the
The Bobcats’ defense
continued to keep the Wildcats out of rhythm the entire contest,
finishing with five sacks and eight tackles for a loss.
Norwayne’s offense was
led by Wallace, who individually accounted for 422 yards of offense. He
completed 15 of 24 passes for 282 yards and four touchdowns, while
rushing for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Harris was the beneficiary
of five of Wallace’s passes, totaling 137 yards and two touchdowns
In defeat, Kenton
senior receiver Brice Fackler set the record for most touchdown
receptions all-time in all divisions, pulling in four. Fackler finished
the game with five receptions for 178 yards.
quarterback Maty Mauk broke a record previously held by his brother Ben
for most touchdown passes in a Division IV championship game, throwing
for five. His brother set the previous record of four, in a 2002 title
game victory against Portsmouth West.
Mauk, recently named
the 2011 Ohio Mr. Football by the Associated Press, finishes the season
with 7,181 total yards and 92 touchdowns. The Wildcat quarterback
completed 382 of 566 passes for 5,413 yards and 68 touchdowns while
rushing 241 times for 1,768 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Mauk finishes his
career as the Ohio and national leader in career passing yards (18,929)
and touchdown passes (219).
Kenton finishes as
state runner-up for the second time, the other coming in 2003. The
Wildcats finish the season with a 14-1 record.
Canton Fawcett Stadium – Saturday December 3 – 7:00 p.m.
St. Ignatius Back On
Top, Wildcats Win 11th State Crown
Wildcats improve to 61-12 all-time in the playoffs with 34-13 win
over Pickerington Central
CANTON, Ohio – No.6 Cleveland St. Ignatius overwhelmed the
previously celebrated defense of Pickerington Central, 34-13, to win the
2011 OHSAA Division I football state championship Saturday evening at
Canton Fawcett Stadium in front of 12,181 fans. The win marks the 11th
state title for the Wildcats and extends their record for the all-time
state championships for one school. Newark Catholic and Youngstown
Cardinal Mooney are tied for second with eight titles apiece. Central
(11-3) takes home its school’s second state runner-up trophy (2011,
2006) and suffers its first loss since Week 2.
The Wildcats (13-2),
who missed the playoffs last year for the first time in 23 years, now
have 61 wins and 12 losses for an 83.6 playoff winning percentage. The
mark is second among all teams with 50 or more playoff games.
Entering the game, St.
Ignatius knew they would be facing a Central defense that had only
allowed 31 points in its previous four playoff games. That stat didn’t
faze the Wildcats, however, as they came out and put up 20 points in the
first half alone. They were led in the game by senior quarterback Eric
Williams, who threw for 297 yards on 19 of 31 passing. Junior wide
receiver Conor Hennessey was on the receiving end of four of those
tosses and totaled 103 yards for an average of 25.8 yards a reception.
Williams also connected with senior wide receiver Jake Mooney seven
times for 79 yards. Junior running back Tim McVey did the damage on the
ground as he ran for 107 yards on 24 carries.
Central was led by
senior quarterback Nick Jensen-Clagg, who threw for 280 yards on 21 of
38 attempts. His biggest targets for the evening were senior receivers
Sebastian Smith and Jake Raymond. Smith caught four passes for 141 yards
(a 35.2 yard average), while Raymond collected 64 yards on eight
The Wildcats struck
first in the game when Williams connected with senior wide receiver Tim McCoy for a
45-yard touchdown pass. Three plays later, St. Ignatius senior defensive
back Adam North recovered a Central fumble and returned it 16 yards to
set up a Tim Shenk 31-yard field goal with 6:19 remaining in the first.
The All-Ohio senior kicker tacked on another three points with 1:09
remaining to put the Wildcats up 13-0 heading into the second quarter.
Shenk’s two field goals tied a Division I record for most field goals in
a state final game.
St. Ignatius struck
again in the second quarter with an eight-yard rushing touchdown by
McVey, but the Tigers were able to respond on their ensuing offensive
possession when Jensen-Clagg found senior wide receiver Roger Lewis for
a 15-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown capped off a five-play, 78-yard
drive for the Tigers and cut the deficit to 20-7. With 5:21 remaining on
the clock, Central regained possession, setting up a screen pass to
Smith, who turned it into a 75-yard touchdown run. Senior Billy Eakins
helped Smith’s effort with a critical block that brought the Tiger fans
to their feet and cut the lead to 20-13 heading into halftime.
St. Ignatius recovered
a Central fumble early in the third quarter and took over on Central’s
28. Williams then found Hennessey on the next play for a 17-yard gain to
help set up a McVey 1-yard rushing touchdown and extend the lead to
27-13 with 8:20 left in the third quarter. That score would stand until
3:50 left in the fourth when Williams found senior wide receiver Jake
Mooney for a 40-yard touchdown pass that ultimately sealed the win for