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2009 OHSAA State Football Championships


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Division III � Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 35,
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 carry.

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 second half.

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.

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Division V � Youngstown Ursuline 55, Coldwater 25
Canton Fawcett Stadium - Friday, December 4, 3:00 p.m.

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Youngstown Ursuline Claims Second Consecutive State Title in 55-25 Win Over Coldwater

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).


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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 victory.


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 history.


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.  


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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 State Title

Knights Defense 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 drive.


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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Hilliard Davidson Wins 16-15 Thriller over Cleveland Glenville for Second State Title
Wildcats score decisive touchdown and two-point conversion in final minutes

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 game.

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 accident Friday.

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