2009 OHSAA State Football Championships
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Division III – Youngstown Cardinal
Columbus St. Francis DeSales 7
Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium – Friday, December 4, 11:00 a.m.
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Youngstown Cardinal Mooney Wins Seventh
State Title with 35-7 Win
Cardinals win Division III title over Columbus St. Francis DeSales
MASSILLON, Ohio – Top-ranked Youngstown Cardinal Mooney capped a perfect
15-0 season with a 35-7 state championship win over No. 5 Columbus St. Francis
DeSales Friday at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. The Division III
state title is the seventh in the school’s history, and the third most
football titles for a school in OHSAA history (Newark Catholic, eight
and Cleveland St. Ignatius, 10).
The Cardinals matched their performance against DeSales from earlier in
the year by jumping out to a 14-0 lead in the first half. Cardinal
Mooney's first score of the game came with 1:11 left in the first
quarter as senior Ray Vinopal broke loose for a 56-yard run.
The Cardinals second touchdown of the game came in a less traditional
fashion. After a bad snap that sailed over the head of junior punter A.J.
Fox, Fox retreated to the ball and booted it down to the 3-yard line
where DeSales returner Alex Griffin was immediately tackled, pinning the
Stallions deep in their own territory. Mooney recovered the ball on the
next play after the Stallions fumbled the snap, and one play later
senior Alex Zordich put the Cardinals up 14-0 with a one-yard touchdown
Senior running back Braylon Heard accounted for the next three Cardinal
touchdowns, two on the ground and throwing for another on a halfback
pass to senior receiver Donald D’Alesio. For the day, Heard rushed for
183 yards on 28 carries and also intercepted a DeSales pass in the
Cardinal Mooney racked up 383 total yards in the game, averaged 7.4
yards a play and converted on nine of 14 third-down attempts.
The Stallions offense, which had scored a total of 147 points during
their four playoff games this season, was bogged down by a Cardinal
defense that picked up three sacks and recovered two of the seven
Stallion fumbles in the game.
For DeSales, junior quarterback Nick Gentile rushed for 107 yards on 26
carries. Senior Jake Edsinger added the only score of the game for
DeSales on a seven-yard run in the fourth quarter. The Stallions end the
season with an 11-4 record and their fifth state runner-up finish.
Division V – Youngstown Ursuline 55,
Stadium - Friday, December 4, 3:00 p.m.
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Youngstown Ursuline Claims Second Consecutive State Title in 55-25 Win
15 Div. V State
Championship Game Records Set in Shootout
CANTON, Ohio – The first
two state titles handed out on Friday at the Ohio High School Athletic
Association football championships have both gone to Youngstown schools
from the Steel Valley Conference after unranked Youngstown Ursuline
(11-3) downed No. 2 Coldwater 55-25 in the Div. V final at Canton Fawcett
Stadium. Youngstown Cardinal Mooney won the Div. III title earlier in
the day. The title marks the second consecutive state title for Ursuline
and third overall.
The game was a rematch
of the 2000 Div. IV state title game that Ursuline won 49-37. Eleven
Div. IV state title records were set in that game and the Irish and
Cavaliers combined to rewrite the Div. V record book this time around as
15 new state championship records were set.
Down 7-0 at the end of
the first quarter, Youngstown Ursuline scored on the first play of the
second quarter on a 26-yard touchdown run by junior Akise Teague en
route to a Div. V record 27 points in the quarter. Senior receiver
and defensive back Chris Collins scored touchdowns on back-to-back series, one on a
59-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Paul Kempe and the other
on a 41-yard interception return for a score.
The scoring continued
for the Fighting Irish in the second half, highlighted by an 85-yard run
by senior running back Aaron Edwards and an 80-yard scamper by Teague.
Ursuline rushed for 393 of its Div. V state championship game record 508
total yards and was led on the ground by senior Allen Jones’ 155 yards
and Akise Teague’s 112 yards and three scores. The 55 points, fourth
all-time in state championship history, and the eight touchdowns scored
by the Irish were both Div. V state title records.
Coldwater (13-2) was led
by senior quarterback Keith Wenning, who set Div. V state title records
for most passing yards (414), most passes attempted (54), and most
passes completed (40). The 40 completions marked the most passes
completed in any division in OHSAA state championship history. Wenning’s
favorite targets were senior receiver Adam Rammel, who caught a Div. V
record 14 balls and junior Kurt Schoenherr, who caught 10 passes.
The schools combined for
several other Div. V state championship records including most points
(80), most touchdowns (12), pass completions (49) and total yards (982).
Division II – Cincinnati Winton Woods 42,
Maple Heights 12
Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium – Friday, December 4, 7 p.m.
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Cincinnati Winton Woods
Wins First State Title with 42-12 Victory over Maple Heights
Warriors dominate second
half in Division II title game
MASSILLON, Ohio –
Sixth-ranked Cincinnati Winton Woods collected its first football state
title Friday night in Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium with a 42-12
victory over unranked Maple Heights. The Warriors finish the season with
a 13-2 record, winning their last nine games.
Led by senior
quarterback Dominique Brown, the Warriors took a 14-point lead during
the second quarter and never looked back. After Maple Heights closed the
score to 14-6 with under five minutes to go in the second quarter,
Winton Woods went on to score 28 unanswered points en route to the
Brown finished the game
with 200 total yards, 172 on the ground, four rushing touchdowns and
another through the air. During the five tournament games, Brown
collected 855 yards on 94 carries and 16 touchdowns. Senior RB Jeremiah
Goins also picked up 155 yards rushing in the game for the Warriors.
In its first trip to a
state championship game, Winton Woods left its mark in the record book,
setting a new standard for Division II rushing yards with 376. Brown’s
four touchdowns and 24 points tie the current records for Division II
set by Javon Ringer of Dayton Chaminade-Julienne in 2002. The 42 points
scored by the Warriors matches their season average, having scored a
total of 633 for the season, eighth most all-time for a season in OHSAA
Maple Heights junior
quarterback Shaq Washington completed 16 passes for 214 yards and ran
for a touchdown. Senior running back Devonte Ransom collected 127 yards
on 17 carries with one touchdown.
Maple Heights totaled
381 yards of offense, but converted only one third-down in the game,
halting scoring opportunities. The 785 total yards collected by both
teams ties the record set by Cincinnati Anderson and Louisville in 2007.
Division IV –
Kettering Archbishop Alter 37, Chagrin Falls 7
Canton Fawcett Stadium –
Saturday, December 5, 11:00 a.m.
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Kettering Archbishop Alter Downs Chagrin Falls 37-7 for Second Straight
Dominates in Div. IV Championship Game
CANTON, Ohio –
Top-ranked Kettering Archbishop Alter used a suffocating defense and a
strong ground game to claim its second consecutive Division IV state
title and complete an undefeated season after downing third-ranked
Chagrin Falls 37-7 Saturday at Canton Fawcett Stadium.
Leading 9-0 at the half, Archbishop Alter fumbled on its opening drive
of the second half, which Chagrin Falls turned into a five-yard
touchdown run by senior running back Chris Gorman to pull within two
points. The Knights responded by dominating the rest of the game,
exploding for 28 points to pull away for the victory.
The Alter defense, allowing just over six points a game all season, was
the story in this game. The Knights defense held Chagrin Falls, who
averaged 33 points entering the contest, to 144 total yards, allowed
only seven first downs, forced five turnovers, and had an interception
return for a touchdown by senior defensive lineman Thomas Armstrong.
Senior defensive back Nolan Plate led the defense with nine total
tackles, while Armstrong had 6.5 and two sacks.
Offensively, the Knights were led by senior running back Cody Taulbee,
who rushed for 126 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns.
Alter averaged 5.5 yards per rush and racked up 210 of its
318 total yards in the second half.
In its first state title appearance in school history, Chagrin Falls
suffered its first loss of the season to finish 14-1. Despite five
turnovers by the Knights, Chagrin Falls was unable to move the ball,
converting only five times on 17 third or fourth downs.
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Division VI – Norwalk
St. Paul 24, Delphos St. John's 21
Massillon Paul Brown
Tiger Stadium – Saturday, December 5, 3:00 p.m.
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Touchdown in Final
Seconds Gives Norwalk St. Paul First State Title
Flyers defeat Delphos
St. John’s 24-21 in Division VI championship game
MASSILLON, Ohio – A
Norwalk St. Paul touchdown with five seconds left in the game gave the
fourth-ranked Flyers their first Division VI state title in four tries
as St. Paul defeated top ranked Delphos St. John’s 24-21 Saturday in
Massillon. It was the third meeting between these two teams in a state
final, with Delphos St. John’s winning the previous two match-ups and
falling for the first time in six title games overall.
On the third straight
attempt from inside the one-yard line, St. Paul senior quarterback Eric
Schwieterman snuck the ball over the goal line giving the Flyers a 24-21
lead. Schwieterman led an inspiring 98-yard drive over the last four
minutes of the game to give the Flyers the game-winning touchdown. The
St. Paul defense held the Blue Jays out of the end zone on fourth and
goal from the three to regain possession of the ball to setup the final
It was a tale of two
halves as the Flyers held St. John’s to just 46 yards of total offense
in the first half, but an 86-yard kick-off return for a touchdown by
sophomore Jordan Bergfeld put the Blue Jays on the board. The return was
just two-yards shy of the championship game record of 88 yards set by
St. Paul the last time these teams met in the state finals in 1999.
St. Johns scored on its
opening drive of the second half to take a 14-10 lead. The Blue Jays
forced the Flyers to punt on their next possession and junior Tyler
Bergfeld returned the punt 89 yards to the St. Paul seven yard line.
Junior running back Jordan Leininger put the ball in the end zone from
the two yards out, increasing the Blue Jays’ lead to 11 points.
The Flyers drove the
ball down the field on their next possession, capping it with a
Schwieterman one-yard touchdown run and cutting the lead to 21-17. The
touchdown was the second in the game for Schwieterman, who earlier broke
loose for a 73-yard touchdown run, the longest touchdown run in Division
VI title game history.
For the game,
Schwieterman’s three touchdown performance tied the Division VI record
for touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and points. He totaled 147 yards on
the ground on 30 carries and completed eight passes for 187 yards. 108
of those yards, including two long passes during the final drive, went
to senior Justin Wilde.
Leininger ran for a
total of 98 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown, giving him 31
touchdowns on the season for St. John’s. The Blue Jays only gained 176
yards in the game compared to the 430 yards the Flyers collected, but
managed to stay in the game thanks to 219 special teams return yards.
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Division I – Hilliard Davidson
16, Cleveland Glenville 15
Canton Fawcett Stadium – Saturday December 5 – 7:00 p.m.
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Wins 16-15 Thriller over Cleveland Glenville for Second State Title
Wildcats score decisive touchdown and two-point conversion in final
CANTON, Ohio – Ninth-ranked Hilliard Davidson scored a touchdown and the
go-ahead two-point conversion with just over one minute remaining to
lift the Wildcats over sixth-ranked Cleveland Glenville 16-15 in the
Div. I title game Saturday night at Canton Fawcett Stadium.
After Davidson stopped the Tarblooders on fourth down with three minutes
left in the game and down 15-8, senior quarterback Jake Trubiano
scampered 73 yards to the Glenville three yard line to set up a two-yard
touchdown run by senior running back Spencer Delande. Just as the
Wildcats did to win the state title in 2006, coach Brian White elected
to go for two instead of the traditional point-after attempt to tie the
It paid off as Trubiano took a pitch and ran around the left side for
the score to put Davidson ahead 16-15. Delande intercepted a long
Glenville pass in the end zone on the Tarblooders’ next possession to
seal the victory.
The teams traded punts and missed scoring opportunities as they battled
to a scoreless tie in the first half. Davidson got on the board first
when junior running back Rico Butler ran for a 24-yard score in the
third quarter. Glenville responded with a 10-yard touchdown run by
junior quarterback Cardale Jones. Both teams converted two-point
conversions after their first scores to make the score 8-8.
On Davidson’s next offensive play, Glenville recovered a fumble and
turned it into a touchdown when junior receiver Nicholas Davis scooped up
a teammates’ fumble for a two-yard touchdown score. That proved to be
Glenville’s last score as Hilliard Davidson stymied the next two Tarblooder possessions to force turnovers on downs.
Davidson gained all 250 of its total yards on the ground, 196 of those
yards coming from Trubiano. His opposite number, Glenville quarterback
Cardale Jones, completed 16 passes out of 31 attempts for 210 yards. The
two quarterbacks accounted for 434 of the 528 total yards in the game.
Davidson, only three years removed from its first state title in 2006,
finishes the season at 13-1 while Glenville falls to 13-2 in its first
state championship appearance.
A moment of silence was held prior to the game in memory of Hilliard
Davidson sophomore football player Art Lane, who was killed in an
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