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2011 OHSAA State Football Championships Coverage

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Championship Game Recaps & Statistics

Division V
Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium – Friday, December 2, 11:00 a.m.


Defense Leads Kirtland to First State Championship
Hornets hold Coldwater to seven points to win Division V title

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 finished undefeated.

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.

Division III
Canton Fawcett Stadium - Friday, December 2, 3:00 p.m.


Youngstown Cardinal 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 championships.

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.

Shawnee (14-1) 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 7-7.

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 56-17.

Shawnee, which was making its first state appearance, drops its all-time playoff record to 9-5.

Division II
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 Stadium.

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.

Division VI

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 touchdowns.

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.

Division IV

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 game.

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 first half.

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 receiving.

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.

Kenton senior 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.

Division I
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 catches.

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 the Wildcats.