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2018 OHSAA Football State Championships - Recaps

Division IV

Cincinnati Wyoming Finishes Perfect Season with 42-14 Win Over Girard
CANTON, Ohio No. 1 Cincinnati Wyoming (15-0) won its second state title by way of a 42-14 victory over Girard (13-2) in the 2018 OHSAA Division IV state championship game on Saturday night at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
In a battle of first-team All-Ohio quarterbacks, the Wyoming Cowboys and the Division IV Offensive Player of the Year junior quarterback Evan Prater came out on top. Prater finished the game six-for-11 passing for 149 yards and two touchdowns while adding 242 yards and three touchdowns rushing.  
"Evan is a tremendous competitor," Wyoming coach Aaron Hancock said after the game. "As I said before in other interviews, I think he is a kid who plays really good in big games. That's what you want. If you're playmaker, you play big in the biggest games."
Prater finished his junior season with 2,174 yards and 28 touchdowns passing, and 1,778 yards and 32 touchdowns rushing.
Prater's favorite target in the game was first-team All-Ohio senior wide receiver Joey Edmonds. Edmonds compiled four catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Edmonds finished the season with 1,000 yards and 19 touchdowns receiving.
Girard's first-team All-Ohio quarterback, senior Mark Waid, ended the game with 194 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions passing and 31 yards and one touchdown rushing.
Wyoming finished the season with 632 points, which is tied for 24th in OHSAA history; while Girard finished the season with 663 points, which is 18th all-time.
This is Wyoming's second state title in three trips to the championship game. The Cowboys won the 1977 Class AA title and were Class AA runners-up in 1975.
This was Girard's inaugural trip to the state championship game.
Attendance for the game was 5,532, bringing the total attendance for the seven state championship games to 52,390.

Division V

Orrville Wins First Football State Title in 20 Years
CANTON, Ohio Behind a prolific rushing attack, the Orrville Red Riders (13-2) defeated No. 4 Johnstown-Monroe 49-34 to win the 2018 OHSAA Division V football state championship at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Saturday.
In an unusually high-scoring game for two teams with run-heavy offenses, five different players rushed for at least 74 yards and at least one touchdown. The offenses combined for 710 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground, breaking the previous OHSAA football championship game record by 92 yards. In addition, the two teams tied OHSAA Division V state championship game records with 12 touchdowns and 83 points.
In a game that featured 83 points, there was only one touchdown scored in the first quarter when second-team All-Ohio senior quarterback Caden Calhoun ran it in from 10 yards out to give Johnstown a 7-0 lead with 1:13 left in the first quarter.
Following Calhoun's touchdown run, Orrville went on a 21-0 run with a trio of long touchdown runs by senior quarterback Logan Domer. Domer scored on a 36-yard run early in the second quarter, a 60-yard run midway through the second, and a 61-yard run one minute into the second half.
During an eight-minute stretch of the game that spanned from midway through the third quarter to early in the fourth, the two teams traded touchdowns on four consecutive drives.
Johnstown made it 21-14 with a 9-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Luke Myers.
Orrville pushed the lead back to 14 with a 31-yard rushing touchdown by first-team All-Ohio sophomore running back Marquael Parks.
Again, Johnstown marched down the field for a touchdown. A 12-play, 88-yard drive was capped off by another 1-yard Myers rushing touchdown.
In repetitive fashion, Parks gave the Red Riders a 14-point lead with a 47-yard touchdown run. The 14-point lead grew to 21 with 4:45 left in the game when Domer ran in his fourth touchdown from 13 yards out.
Johnstown managed to score two more touchdowns but were unable to make it a one-score game because of a third Parks rushing touchdown.
Domer's four rushing touchdowns tied an OHSAA Division V state championship game record. Domer and Parks combined to rush for 405 yards and seven touchdowns on 32 carries. Orrville coach Doug Davault discussed the duo after the game.
"You couldn't just sit there and say I'm stopping that dude [Parks], which was going to be hard anyway. You couldn't do that and tonight what happened was Domer took advantage of every opportunity. Truthfully every play we run has opportunity to it. What happened was every time they gave Domer an opportunity to make a play, he busted it. It was fun to watch."
Parks finished his sophomore season with 2,799 yards rushing, 474 yards receiving and 56 total touchdowns. Parks' 336 points on the season is the second most in OHSAA history. 
Calhoun accounted for 283 yards of offense and two touchdowns for Johnstown in its first trip to the state championship game in school history.
 Orrville now has two state championships, the first coming in 1998.
Attendance for the game was 6,002.

Division VII

McComb Wins First State Title in 35 Years
CANTON, Ohio No. 6 McComb (14-1) defeated Glouster Trimble (13-2) 28-3 in the 2018 OHSAA Division VII football state championship Saturday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.
An effective running game and stout defense were the keys to McComb's 25-point victory. Of the Panther's 238 total yards on offense, 216 came on the ground, while the defense held Trimble to 151 total yards and compiled 11 tackles for loss for -44 yards, three interceptions and seven pass breakups. The teams' combined yardage is the lowest in the seven-year history of the Division VII championship game.
"These guys got it done," McComb coach Kris Alge said in the postgame press conference."The defense played extremely well, and in the end, we kept them out of the end zone. That's what we preach all the time. Defense wins championships, and I'm so proud of this football team."
Listed as a wide receiver, senior Tanner Schroeder was a weapon in all facets of the offense, just as he had been all season. Schroeder led the Panthers in rushing with 107 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, completed two passes for 10 yards, had one reception for 12 yards and was successful on all four extra point attempts.
Schroeder finished his senior campaign with 1,875 yards and 24 touchdowns rushing, 997 yards and 11 touchdowns passing, 398 yards and six touchdowns receiving, 77-of-81 on PATs and 10-of-13 on field goals. Additionally, he was named the Division VII first-team All-Ohio punter with a 43.5-yard average. Schroeder's 302 points this season is the eighth-most in OHSAA history.  
Supplementing Schroeder's two touchdowns were junior running back Jacob Dillon's 1-yard touchdown run and senior running back Kheaghan Loe's 4-yard touchdown run.
Senior Brice Markel, a first-team All-Ohio linebacker, led the Panthers with three tackles for loss for -16 yards, one sack and seven total tackles. Senior defensive back Tyler Durfey had two interceptions in the game.
Trimble senior Same Ives was the game's leading tackler with 13, including two and half for loss.
This is McComb's first football state championship since 1983 and second overall.
Trimble has one previous trip to the state title game in 2013 where the Tomcats also finished as state runner-up.
Attendance for the game was 4,414.

Division I

Lakewood St. Edward Defeats Cincinnati Colerain 24-10 to Win Fourth State Championship
CANTON, Ohio No. 9 Lakewood St. Edward (11-3) defeated No. 1 Cincinnati Colerain (14-1) in the 2018 OHSAA Division I football state championship Friday night at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.
The Eagles' 24-10 victory is the third state championship in the past five seasons and fourth title overall.
It was nearly 20 minutes into the game before Colerain broke the scoreless tie. With 4:58 remaining in the first half, senior quarterback Deante Smith-Moore capped off a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Syncere Jones.
St. Edward joined Colerain in the scoring category three minutes later after an interception by junior defensive back Daylan Jernigan gave the Eagles the ball inside Colerain territory. Just three plays later, senior running back Jordan Castleberry was celebrating a game-tying one-yard touchdown run.
Unfazed by the turnover on the previous possession, Colerain drove down the field in the final minute of the half and senior Chris Mangold hit a 26-yard field goal as time expired to give the Cardinals a 10-7 halftime lead, and what would end up being their final points of the game.
In a dominant second half for St. Edward, the Eagles outgained the Cardinals 214 yards to 80 and outscored them 17-0. Senior quarterback Garrett Dzuro connected with second-team All-Ohio wide receiver Quintel Kent for two passing touchdowns and senior kicker Gianluca Russo hit a 25-yard field goal to round out the scoring.
After the game, St. Edward head coach Tom Lombardo touched on his team's second-half performance.
"This team battled and played a tough grind. We knew if it was a game like this, we had been in them, if we could just get to that [second half]. We weathered the storm. I’m so proud of our guys.”
Dzuro ended the game a perfect 12-of-12 passing for 150 yards and two touchdowns. His 12-consecutive completions in a single game is tied for the ninth-longest streak in OHSAA football history.
In addition to his two touchdown receptions, Kent finished as the game's leading receiver with eight catches for 120 yards. Kent finishes his high school career as the school's all-time leader in touchdown receptions with 22.
This was Colerain's first title game appearance since the Cardinals won their only championship in 2004.
Attendance for the game was 8,927.

Division III

Chagrin Falls Kenston Wins First Football State Title
CANTON, Ohio- Fourth-ranked Chagrin Falls Kenston (14-1) led 21-6 at halftime and scored three additional touchdowns in the second half to defeat top-ranked Kettering Archbishop Alter (13-2) Saturday in the OHSAA Division III state championship game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
It’s the Bombers’ first OHSAA football state championship in three trips to the title game.
The two teams opened the game trading turnovers on their first possessions. 
Following the turnovers, Alter took a 6-0 lead when senior quarterback Connor Bazelak threw a 19-yard pass to senior wide receiver Derek Willits with 6:36 left in the first quarter.
Kenston answered with a touchdown of its own when second-team All-Ohio senior receiver Bransen Stanley caught a 13-yard pass from first-team All-Ohio junior quarterback Jon Tomcufcik. Tomcufcik was the catalyst for the Bomber’s offense, finishing the game with 285 yards passing and three touchdowns.
First-team All-Ohio junior Jack Porter ran 58 yards to the end zone for the second Bombers touchdown early in the second quarter. A 40-yard TD pass from Tomcufcik to Stanley upped Kenston's lead to 21-6 with 8:55 remaining in the first half.
Kenston opened the second half scoring with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Tomcufcik to junior Tyler Mintz. Following Mintz’s touchdown, Porter scored a pair of 11-yard touchdown runs providing the Bombers a final score of 42-6.
Following the game, Kenston head coach Jeff Grubich was asked what this playoff run meant to the community.
“We heard from the alumni. We heard from the players on the 1986 and 1995 team. We’ve been bringing them every week to talk to the team on Thursdays. I just got flooded with the one phrase—‘Finish it.’ ‘Finish it and bring it home.’ That was the message to our team and coaches. I’m proud we were able to get it done.”
Alter took home its third state runner-up trophy in school history to go along with two state titles.
The attendance for the game was 6,922.

Division II

Akron Archbishop Hoban Defeats Massillon Washington 42-28, Wins Fourth-Straight State Championship
CANTON, Ohio No. 1 Akron Archbishop Hoban (15-0) used a 34-point first-half outburst on its way to claiming its fourth-straight state title Thursday night with a 42-28 win over No. 3 Massillon Washington (14-1) in the OHSAA Division II football state championship at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Knights first undefeated season gives them back-to-back Division II state champions after winning the Division III title in 2015 and 2016. 
The two teams combined for 847 yards of total offense, surpassing the existing OHSAA Division II state championship game record by 29 yards.
Following the game, Hoban head coach Tim Tyrrell was asked what made this team special compared to the previous three state championship squads.
"They went to another level. All those teams in the past were great teams. The 2015 guys were the ones that got it started, 2016 was the group that capitalized and 2017 was a very talented group; but with this group, they went a step above and they were more consistent. This group played the whole 15 games and were very businesslike. It was a unique group and I was very lucky to coach them."
Massillon opened the game with a promising first drive that spanned 11 plays and 59 yards, but the Hoban defense held and forced a turnover on downs at its 21-yard line.
In the next 12 minutes of action, Hoban scored 27 unanswered points.
Senior running back Tyris Dickerson opened the scoring for the Knights with a 13-yard touchdown run. The third-team All-Ohioan was the game's leading rusher with 211 yards on 28 carries.
Less than two minutes later, Hoban reached the end zone again, as sophomore quarterback Shane Hamm scored the first of his two rushing touchdowns from 23 yards out. Hamm's second rushing score came six minutes later, putting the Knights up 20-0. Following an interception by junior Devin Hightower on the ensuing Massillon possession, Shane Hamm connected with Tyris Dickerson on a 35-yard touchdown pass to put Hoban up 27-0 with over nine minutes remaining in the first half.
Massillon broke into the scoring column on its next possession. Junior running back Zion Phifer punched it in from one yard out to cap a four-play, 69-yard touchdown drive featuring a 42-yard pass from junior quarterback Aidan Longwell to sophomore receiver Jayden Ballard.
Hoban ended its first-half scoring outburst with Hamm connecting with junior tight end Caden Clark from 28 yards out.
Coming out of the half down 34-7, Massillon needed a spark and got it quickly with a successful onside squib kick. The Tigers quickly scored via Phifer's second rushing touchdown from six yards out. The Tigers' momentum carried to their defense, as they held the Hoban offense scoreless for the third quarter and over half of the fourth. A one-yard touchdown run from senior Kyshad Mack and a 67-yard touchdown pass from Longwell to senior receiver Aydrik Ford made the score 34-28 with 9:13 left in the game.
After forcing a fourth and three, Massillon was looking to gain possession and a chance to take the lead. Hoban brought out the punting unit just over the 50-yard line, but snapped the ball to the up-back who successfully gained a first down. Hoban carried the momentum into the end zone, scoring on a two-yard run by junior running back DeaMonte Trayanum, putting the Knights up 42-28.
It is Massillon's fourth runner-up finish in as many trips to the state championship game.
Hoban joins Newark Catholic (1984-87), Cleveland St. Ignatius (1991-95), Maria Stein Marion Local (2011-14) and Coldwater (2012-15) as the only teams in OHSAA history to win four straight titles.
Attendance for the game was 16,213.

Division VI

Kirtland Avenges 2017 Championship Game Loss, Defeats Maria Stein Marion Local 16-7
CANTON, Ohio In a rematch of the 2015 and 2017 state title games, No. 1 Kirtland defeated No. 3 Maria Stein Marion Local 16-7 to win the OHSAA Division VI football state championship on Friday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
In the 2015 matchup, Kirtland won by a score of 22-20, and in 2017, Marion Local won 34-11.
"The fuel is we were humbled," said Kirtland head coach Tiger LaVerde when asked what was different this year compared to last. "They whipped us [last season]. ... It was pretty lopsided. They had a great team. When you get knocked down, you have two choices. You can get up and fight and go to work every day, which these kids did. These kids fought and they clawed and they scratched to get back here. They didn't take a day off."
Neither team was able to score in the opening quarter, but Kirtland (15-0) ended the quarter with a third and goal on the Marion Local two-yard line. Marion Local (13-2) stuffed the Kirtland run to open the second quarter but were flagged for encroachment, giving Kirtland a first and goal from the one. The Hornets took advantage as senior running back Jake Neibecker ran it in to give Kirtland a 7-0 lead. Neibecker was the game's leading rusher, finishing with 107 yards on 17 carries.
On the ensuing Marion Local possession, the Flyers capped off a 10-play 65-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run of their own by junior running back Brandon Fleck.
Following back-to-back three and outs for both offenses, Kirtland regained the lead with a 7-yard touchdown run by junior running back Luke Gardner with just over one minute remaining in the half.
Marion Local had a promising drive following the Kirtland score but senior quarterback Nathan Bruns was intercepted in the end zone by senior defensive back Connor Gron to secure a 13-7 halftime lead for Kirtland.
The lone score in the second half came on Kirtland's first possession. The Hornets drove down to the Marion Local 15-yard line and converted a 32-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Mario Rodin.
Marion Local had two drives in the fourth quarter looking to make it a one-score game. Beginning at its own 10-yard line, the Flyers drove 78 yards but were unable to convert a fourth and four at the Kirtland 12-yard line.
The Marion Local defense proceeded to force a three and out and the special teams came up big with a blocked punt at the Kirtland 20-yard line. Marion Local attempted an 18-yard field goal, but Kirtland's special teams got a blocked kick of its own and essentially ended Marion Local's chance of a three-peat.
The 16-7 final score is the third-lowest (lowest since 2006) combined score in an OHSAA Division VI state championship game.
Marion Local was looking to win an OHSAA record-tying 11th state title.
With Marion Local's loss, this is the first year since 2003 that a team from the Midwest Athletic Conference will not win a football state championship.
It is Kirtland's fourth state championship and seventh trip to the title game in the last eight years.
Attendance for the game was 4,380.