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Thursday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. - Division III

Toledo Central Catholic (13-2) 56, The Plains Athens (14-1) 52   |   PDF BOX


Friday, Dec. 5, 10:00 a.m. - Division IV

Cleveland Benedictine (14-1) 21, Kettering Archbishop Alter (14-1) 14   |   PDF BOX


Friday, Dec. 5, 3:00 p.m. - Division VI

Minster (12-3) 46, Kirtland (14-1) 42   |   PDF BOX


Friday, Dec. 5, 8:00 p.m. - Division II

Cincinnati LaSalle (14-1) 55, Macedonia Nordonia (14-1) 20   |   PDF BOX


Saturday, Dec. 6, 10:00 a.m. - Division VII

Maria Stein Marion Local (15-0) 41, Norwalk St. Paul (13-2) 0   |   PDF BOX


Saturday, Dec. 6, 3:00 p.m. - Division I

Lakewood St. Edward (13-2) 31, Huber Heights Wayne (13-2) 21   |   PDF BOX


Saturday, Dec. 6, 8:00 p.m. - Division V

Coldwater (14-1) 62, Canton Central Catholic (14-1) 21   |   PDF BOX


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Weekly Football Releases

Nov. 30 - State Championships Pairings Release  |  Full Notes Packet

Nov. 26: Noting the State Semifinals

Nov. 23: State Semifinal Pairings Release  |  Full Notes Packet

Nov. 17: State Semifinal Information Announced

Nov. 16: Third-Round Pairings Release  |  Full Notes Packet

Nov. 9:  Second-Round Pairings Release  |  Full Notes Packet

Nov. 2:  First-Round Pairings Release  |  Full Notes Packet

Oct. 28: Computer Points Release  |  Full Notes Packet


Division III

Toledo Central Catholic wins Thriller vs. The Plains Athens in Division III state championship, 56-52

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Fighting Irish of Toledo Central Catholic claimed their third OHSAA football state championship with a 56-52 victory over The Plains Athens in the 2014 OHSAA Division III state championship game Thursday night at Ohio Stadium. There were 12 lead changes in the game, with the most crucial coming when Toledo Central Catholic quarterback Marcus Winters scored a touchdown on a fourth down and one from the eight yard line with 15 seconds remaining to take a 56-52 lead, which would go on to clinch the win for the Fighting Irish. Central Catholic has won two OHSAA state football championships in the past three seasons (2012 and 2014).

The game marked the return of the OHSAA football state championships to Ohio Stadium, which last hosted the finals in 1989. The attendance Thursday night was 10,713.  

Toledo Central Catholic led Athens 21-19 at halftime. The Fighting Irish and Bulldogs exchanged four lead changes in the third quarter alone, with Toledo Central Catholic leading 35-31 heading into the fourth quarter. Athens took its final lead of the game with 2:52 remaining after a Trae Williams touchdown run, putting the score at 52-49. On the final drive for Central Catholic, the Fighting Irish converted multiple fourth downs and went 71 yards on 12 plays to score with 15 seconds remaining.

There hasn't been a state title game at the ‘Shoe in 25 years and I guess us (Toledo Central Catholic) and Athens made up for that tonight,” said Toledo Central Catholic Head Coach Greg Dempsey. “I don't think you could see a much more exciting football game with the heart and passion and fire that both teams played with. Our kids showed a lot of resiliency and toughness tonight. I thought their (Athens) team and coaching staff were a complete class act. What a way to start off this weekend. It's a cliche, but it's sad that someone had to lose after the effort that you saw displayed out on that field tonight."

This game set numerous OHSAA Division III state championship game records and all-division state championship game records. Toledo Central Catholic set the OHSAA Division III state championship game record for rushing yards with 501, two yards shy of breaking the OHSAA overall state championship game team rushing record for all divisions. Central Catholic had three players finish with over 100 yards rushing (Michael Warren 194 yards, Tre’Von Wade 158 yards, Marcus Winters 134 yards), marking only the second time in an OHSAA football state championship game that three players finished with over 100 yards rushing in a game. Toledo Central Catholic’s 56 points are the most points scored in an OHSAA Division III football state championship game and rank sixth overall. The Fighting Irish finished the game with 654 total yards, the most total yards for one team in any OHSAA football state championship game (previous record was 619).

Athens senior quarterback and 2014 Associated Press Ohio Mr. Football Joe Burrow set the OHSAA Division III state championship game record for passing touchdowns with six, which tied the all-division record. Burrow also set the OHSAA Division III state championship game record for passing yards with 446 (previous record 298 yards). Burrow set the OHSAA Division III state championship game record for pass completions with 26 and finished 26 of 45 for 446 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Athens wide receivers Ryan Luehrman and Adam Luehrman finished the game with two receiving touchdowns, tying the OHSAA Division III football state championship game record for most receiving touchdowns.

The game tied the record for the most combined total yards in an OHSAA football state championship game, with 1,217 total yards. The game set the record for most touchdowns scored in a game with 16 (previous record was 11), most combined pass attempts in an OHSAA Division III football state championship (62), most combined rushing yards in an OHSAA football state championship (618 yards), and the most combined passing yards in an OHSAA Division III football state championship (599 yards).

The OHSAA football state championships will continue Friday, December 5th at Ohio Stadium.


Division IV

Cleveland Benedictine Win Seventh State Title

Bengals defeat Kettering Archbishop Alter 21-14


COLUMBUS, Ohio – After scoring early in the fourth quarter to take the lead, fourth-ranked Cleveland Benedictine stopped top-ranked Kettering Archbishop Alter on fourth-and-two on the Benedinctine 36-yard line with one second remaining to clinch a 21-14 victory in the 2014 OHSAA football division IV state championship game Friday afternoon at Ohio Stadium.


Benedictine (14-1) won its seventh state title in its 19th appearance in the playoffs. Benedictine becomes the sixth school in Ohio with at least seven state titles.


“I'm extremely proud of this group, this entire team,” said Benedictine head coach Joe Schaefer. “These guys set this team goal – not just to play in this game. It was to win this game. There was a lot of pressure on them. Every week, that bull's-eye gets bigger in bigger. It just never mattered to them. They just kept showing up.”


Benedictine was first on the scoreboard in the first quarter when senior Jerome Baker rushed for a 12-yard touchdown and sophomore kicker Alex DiFrancesco added the extra point. In the second quarter, the Bengals’ defense added to the lead with a 48-yard interception returned for a touchdown by junior Justin Layne.

Alter answered when senior Alex Pack scored off a two-yard touchdown run and senior Alex Craft added the extra point.


At the end of the third quarter, Alter tied the game off senior Dusty Hayes’ 28-yard touchdown run and Craft’s extra point. Benedictine regained the lead early in the fourth quarter on Baker’s second touchdown of the game, a 14-yard rushing touchdown. Alter attempted to tie the game on its last drive in the fourth quarter, but Benedictine’s defense held strong and stopped the Knights on a fourth-and-two.


Benedictine’s Jerome Baker finished with 83 rushing yards on 12 attempts and two touchdowns, as well as 55 yards passing. Alter’s Dusty Hayes finished with 79 yards rushing on 19 attempts and one touchdown, as well as 73 yards passing.


Alter finished the season 14-1 and as state runner up for the second time (2006). The Knights were state champions in 2008 and 2009. This was their 20th playoff appearance.



Division VI

Minster Wins Second Football State Championship, First Since 1989

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Minster Wildcats won in dramatic fashion Friday afternoon at Ohio Stadium, rallying from a nine point deficit with 4:18 remaining to win its second OHSAA state football championship, 46-42, over Kirtland. Minster has won 28 OHSAA team state championships as a school, tied for seventh all-time. The Wildcats’ first OHSAA football state championship came 25 years ago, the last time the OHSAA state football championships were held at Ohio Stadium. Minster defeated McDonald 16-7 to win that game. Kirtland was playing in its fourth-consecutive state championship, earning two state titles and two state runner-up honors in that time.

“What a cool deal. That was two really good football teams competing,” said Minster head coach Geron Stokes. “It came down to the last second. Credit Kirtland. What a run for those guys. They're as tough and physical a team as we've played all year. Credit our kids and the resiliency they showed. We did not belong here early on in the year. This is the most improvement I've seen out of a team, a group of kids that bought into being better. This is awesome.”

Kirtland held a 21-20 lead at halftime after exchanging five lead changes with Minster in the first half. Minster regained the lead with 9:49 left in the third quarter with a 22 yard pass from Josh Nixon to Eli Wolf. Kirtland would respond, heading into the fourth quarter with a 28-27 lead after a nine yard pass from Sam Skiljan to Evan Madden. With 4:18 remaining, Kirtland extended its lead to 42-33 after Adam Hess scored from three yards out on his second rushing touchdown of the game. With 1:56 to go, Minster’s Evan Huelsman scored from two yards out. Trailing 42-40, Minster attempted an onside kick, which was recovered by junior kicker Jason Schultz. On second down, Nixon found Eli Wolf for a 51 yard touchdown that would prove to be the game winning play for the Wildcats.

Minster junior quarterback Josh Nixon finished 26 of 41 passing, 417 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Sophomore receiver Bryce Schmiesing and senior receiver Eli Wolf led the Wildcats in receiving. Schmiesing totaled seven catches, 150 yards and one touchdown, while Wolf added nine receptions for 145 yards and three touchdowns.

Kirtland was led by senior running back Adam Hess. Hess, who finished with 181 yards and two touchdowns in the 2013 Division VI state championship, carried the ball 39 times for 164 yards and two touchdowns Friday. Kirtland senior quarterback Sam Skiljan finished 7-of-14 for 145 yards and three touchdowns. The Hornets were led in receiving by senior Matthew Finkler, who finished with four catches, 120 yards and two touchdowns.  

With Minster’s state championship, the Midwest Athletic Conference has now claimed 108 OHSAA state championships.

The attendance for the 2014 OHSAA Division VI state championship was 7,361.


Division II

Cincinnati LaSalle Too Much For Macedonia Nordonia, Wins First State Title


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Third-ranked Cincinnati LaSalle used its high-powered offense and aggressive defense en route to defeating fifth-ranked Macedonia Nordonia 55-20 in the 2014 OHSAA football division II state championship game Friday night at Ohio Stadium, clinching its first state title.


LaSalle (14-1) set two Division II state championship game records. Its eight touchdowns passed the previous record of seven held by two schools. The Lancers’ 55 points passed the previous record of 50 points held by Youngstown Cardinal Mooney in 1980.


Prior to this year, LaSalle had not won a playoff game in its four playoff appearances.


"Coming out of our chapel gathering on Thursday, our offense called for the ball to start the game. We drove down the field and scored and that was a huge momentum boost,” LaSalle head coach Nate Moore said after the game. "The interception at the end of the half and the blocked punt in the third quarter were all big plays. We played well in all three phases of the game. We felt good about our pass rush but our defensive backs really played above our expectations. We spent the last 15 weeks holding it together and now get to celebrate."


The Lancers got on the scoreboard first when junior Jeremy Larkin rushed for a 4-yard touchdown. Nordonia senior Jimmy Embrescia kicked a 23-yard field goal to put the Knights on the board. LaSalle would answer with another Larkin touchdown, this time a 45-yard touchdown run. Embrescia’s 30-yard field goal cut LaSalle’s lead to eight at the end of the first quarter.


In the second quarter, LaSalle junior Nick Watson rushed for a 9-yard touchdown. Nordonia senior David Murray found freshman Tye Evans for an 11-yard touchdown pass. With the Lancers leading 21-13, they scored the next five touchdowns of the game. Sophomore Jarell White scored on a 3-yard rushing touchdown. Senior Avery Larkin returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown. Senior John Junker blocked a Nordonia punt and returned it 15 yards to the end zone. Watson found senior Phil Anderson for a 23-yard touchdown reception. Senior Eric Green also scored on a 4-yard rushing touchdown. In the final minutes, Nordonia’s Murray connected to senior Alex Alders for a 26-yard touchdown reception.


LaSalle’s Larkin finished with 104 yards rushing on 17 attempts and two touchdowns. Watson finished with 72 yards passing, completing four of five passes, with one touchdown, as well as 43 rushing yards on nine attempts and one touchdown. Nodonia’s Murray finished with 251 yards through the air on 22 of 41 passing and two touchdowns. Alders finished with 103 yards receiving on 10 receptions and one touchdown.


The Knights finished the season 14-1 and as state runner up for the second time (2002). They have made the playoffs 12 times and are now 15-12 all-time in the playoffs.


The attendance at the 2014 division II football state championship game was 9,570.


Division VII

Maria Stein Marion Local Captures Fourth-Consecutive State Football Championship, Eighth All-Time


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Flyers of Maria Stein Marion Local defeated Norwalk St. Paul 41-0 in the 2014 Division VII state championship on Saturday at Ohio Stadium to earn their fourth-consecutive OHSAA football state championship and eighth championship in school history (tied for third all-time). Marion Local capped off an undefeated season (15-0) with the victory, which also earned its 37th consecutive victory overall.


The Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC) has won two 2014 OHSAA football state championships (Minster defeated Kirtland 46-42 Friday to win the Division VI state championship). “We’re very fortunate to play in our league (Midwest Athletic Conference),” said Marion Local Head Coach Tim Goodwin. “We know if we’re in the top part of our league, we’ll be very, very competitive in the postseason. With this senior class here, we’ve been at the top of the league. It’s been really neat.”


Marion Local used three first quarter touchdowns to give itself a comfortable lead. Two touchdown runs by senior Jacy Goettemoeller of 49 and 46 yards gave Marion Local a 14-0 lead with 3:16 remaining in the first quarter. Just over one minute later, senior quarterback Dustin Rethman found junior receiver Hunter Wilker for a 33 yard touchdown pass. A one yard touchdown run by Adam Nietfeld and a second touchdown pass from Rethman to Wilker of 29 yards gave Marion Local a 35-0 halftime lead.


Jacy Goettemoeller finished with 160 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns, which broke his Division VII state championship record for most rushing touchdowns in a game of two set in 2013. Dustin Rethman finished 14-of-18 with 215 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The Marion Local defense held Norwalk St. Paul to 68 total yards, the fifth fewest total yards allowed in an OHSAA football state championship game.


With the victory, the Marion Local senior class capped off an illustrious career with its fourth consecutive state championship, 56 total wins and finished undefeated in the playoffs in its four years.

This year’s team outscored its five playoff opponents 220-14. Marion Local holds the highest winning percentage (.866) of all OHSAA football teams in the playoffs, with an all-time playoff record of 58-9.

In the second year of the Division VII state championship, 11 team records were broken and four individual records were broken. Marion Local holds all Division VII team records and Marion Local players hold all individual Division VII records.


The attendance for the 2014 Division VII state championship was 7,291. The 2014 OHSAA football state championships continue Saturday with the Division I state championship kicking off at 3 p.m. and the Division V state championship beginning at 8 p.m.



Division I

Lakewood St. Edward Wins Second State Football Title, 48th Team State Championship in School History


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Eagles of Lakewood St. Edward defeated Huber Heights Wayne 31-21 in the 2014 OHSAA Division I football state championship game Saturday at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. The victory gives St. Edward its second OHSAA state football championship and gives the Eagles their 48th team state championship in all OHSAA sports, placing St. Edward in a first place tie with Cincinnati St. Xavier for most OHSAA team state championships all-time.


It was a hard-fought game,” said St. Edward head coach Rick Finotti. “We just picked each other up and kept talking about teamwork and bonding, being the hardened group. I was really proud of how our guys fought.”


The two teams exchanged scores in the first quarter. With the scored tied 7-7, St. Edward junior Cole Gest ran 78 yards for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 14-7 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Wayne senior Ahmad Wagner scored on a 90 yard kickoff return for a touchdown, tying the game at 14-14. Wagner’s kickoff return for a touchdown is the first kickoff return for a touchdown in OHSAA football Division I state championship game history. With St. Edward leading 17-14 in the fourth quarter, senior quarterback Brett Kean led a very methodical 11 play, 35 yard drive capped off by a six yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Frank Geib to give the Eagles a 24-14 lead.


A turn of events occurred with 8:50 remaining, as Wayne senior defensive lineman Robert Landers scored on a 13 yard fumble recovery, giving the Warriors new life with the score 24-21. St. Edward would respond, however, using a nine play, 46 yard drive finished off by a six yard touchdown pass from Kean to Michael O’Malley to make it 31-21. The Eagles defense held and St. Edward went on to win with a final score of 31-21.


Cole Gest finished the game with 158 rushing yards and one touchdown on 26 carries for St. Edward. Brett Kean was 17-for-31 for 164 yards and two touchdowns and one interception and connected with seven different receivers. Wayne senior quarterback D’Mitrik Trice was 13-for-29 for 132 yards and one touchdown and one interception. Senior running back Greg Schroeder finished with 93 rushing yards on 10 carries for the Warriors.


The attendance for the 2014 OHSAA Division I state championship game was 10,917. The 2014 OHSAA state football championships conclude Saturday night with Division V, as Canton Central Catholic faces Coldwater.



Division V

Coldwater Wins Third Consecutive State Title, Fifth Overall

Cavaliers defeat Canton Central Catholic 62-21


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coldwater returned to the state championship game for the sixth-consecutive year and proved its experience in a 62-21 victory over Canton Central Catholic in the 2014 OHSAA Football Division V State Championship game Saturday night at Ohio Stadium.


The Cavaliers (14-1) won their third-consecutive state championship and made their 20th appearance in the playoffs. Coldwater’s 18 consecutive years in the playoffs is the longest active streak.


The Midwest Athletic Conference is the first conference to have three football state champions in the same year (Coldwater, Minster, Maria Stein Marion Local).


"I think we played our best game today,” said Coldwater Chip Otten. “That was a good team we played. They went through (Youngstown) Ursuline and (Columbus Bishop) Hartley, two really good teams. But we put it together with our best performance. both on offense and defense."


Coldwater’s 62 points is the record for most points in a Division V state championship game. Its nine touchdowns is the record for most team touchdowns in Division V. The 83 points scores is the most combined points scored in a Division V state title game. Coldwater senior Brody Hoying’s four rushing touchdowns tied the record for most rushing touchdowns in a Division V title game.


Coldwater wasted no time getting on the scoreboard when junior Kraig Schoenherr caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Hoying, who added a 24-yard rushing touchdown a few minutes later. Canton Central Catholic answered when senior Jimmy Russell scored on a 19-yard run. Before the first quarter was over, the Cavaliers scored on a 10-yard pass from Hoying to senior Derek Thobe. In the second quarter, Hoying added touchdown runs of 11 yards and 59 yards. Junior Chris Post added a 3-yard rushing touchdown before the half was over.


The Crusaders scored in the third quarter on a three yard touchdown run by junior John Colangelo. Hoying then scored on his fourth rushing touchdown of the game from 32 yards out. Central Catholic’s Russell caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from senior Jake Boccuti before the third quarter was over. Senior Mitch Fullenkamp and senior CJ Siebert also scored in the fourth quarter for Coldwater.


Central Catholic finished the season 14-1 and as state runner up for the first time. The Crusader won two state titles in 1988 and 2000. This was their 12th playoff appearance.


The attendance for the Division V game was 7,000. In their first year back at Ohio Stadium since 1989, the seven championship games drew a total attendance of 59,373, an increase of 21,604 from 2013.




Ticket Information

All-session ticket packages for the state championship games in Ohio Stadium are available from the Greater Columbus Sports Commission ( and A $105 all-session ticket package includes a ticket to all seven games in a chair-back seat and access to the Huntington Club in the stadium between games. An $84 all-session ticket is available without a chair back or access between games. Single-session tickets will go on sale November 30.


Single game tickets for the state championships are available at the participating schools for $10, or at Gate 5 of Ohio Stadium for $12, or from Ticketmaster for $12 plus fees at:


Ticket Note: Fans are encouraged to buy tickets at one of the participating schools. For regional playoff games, tickets are $8 in advance and $9 at the gate. For the state semifinals, tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate.

Participating schools keep a percentage of presale tickets.


November 6, 2014 - 2014 OHSAA Football Championship Ticket Information

2014 OHSAA State Football Championship Priority Seating On Sale

(Press Release from Greater Columbus Sports Commission)



Weekly Television Selections And Radio Networks



Watch all seven state championship games live on SportsTime Ohio.
The championship games will also be available in Southwest Ohio on TWC channel 99 and channel 1311 HD.


2014 OHSAA Football Playoff Brackets

Division I
State Tournament

Region 1 

Region 2 


Division II
State Tournament

Region 3

Region 4

Region 5

Region 6

Division III
State Tournament

Region 7

Region 8

Region 9

Region 10

Division IV

State Tournament

Region 11

Region 12

Region 13

Region 14

Division V

State Tournament

Region 15

Region 16

Region 17

Region 18

Division VI

State Tournament

Region 19

Region 20

Region 21

Region 22


Division VII

State Tournament

Region 23

Region 24

Region 25

Region 26




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