MARION LOCAL 33, GLOUSTER TRIMBLE 0
MASSILLON — Adam Bertke knows he and Maria Stein Marion Local are in rare air and the view is great from where he sits.
Bertke threw for a touchdown and ran for two more scores to lead the Flyers to their third consecutive state title with a 33-0 win over Glouster Trimble in the Ohio Division VII championship on Saturday.
Marion Local (15-0) became the seventh school in Ohio High School Athletic Association history to win three or more consecutive titles, joining Cincinnati Moeller, Cleveland St. Ignatius, Delphos St. John's, Newark Catholic, Versailles and Youngstown Ursuline.
"It means a lot to us and our community," Bertke said. "Just to be out there with those top schools, it's an awesome honor."
It was the seventh state title for the Associated Press' top-ranked team. The win over the No. 3 Tomcats (14-1) extended the Flyers' winning streak to 22 games.
Marion Local broke the game open in the third quarter, picking off AP co-offensive player of the year Konner Standley on consecutive possessions and quickly turning those turnovers into points.
Peyton Kramer's interception gave Marion Local the ball on the Trimble 11 and Jacy Goettemoeller scored on the next play to make it 19-0. Chris Lochtefeld picked off another pass on Trimble's next possession and Bertke scored on a 3-yard run to give Marion Local a 26-point lead.
"I think it really took them out of what they wanted to do offensively," Flyers coach Tim Goodwin said. "It really played into our hands. We match up really well when teams want to spread us out and throw the ball. It's kind of our strength. It was bad news for them."
Scoring quick is nothing new for an offense led by Bertke, a Pittsburgh recruit. Marion Local averaged 45.8 points in the playoffs coming in.
The Flyers totaled 414 yards of offense, including 153 rushing. Bertke finished 17-of-28 for 216 yards and added 47 yards rushing. Goettemoeller had 44 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
"Once we get into a groove we have the mentality that no one can stop us," Bertke said. "Once we settle down and everyone knows what they're doing, it's good."
As good as the offense was, the Flyers' defense might have been better, recording their fifth shutout of the season.
Standley finished 3-of-16 for 35 yards and threw three interceptions as Kramer (interception, sack), Joe Schwieterman (interception, 4½ tackles) and Jacob Kunkler (5½ tackles) held the Tomcats at bay.
Trimble's offense finished with 104 yards and the Tomcats averaged only 1.96 yards per play.
"We tried everything we had and we could just tell we weren't going to get outside on them," Trimble coach Phil Faires said.
"They were blitzing on us but their team speed, you can't simulate that in practice, especially when you're in the gym. They have a lot more than two guys that you have to pinpoint to block. There were 11 of them out there."
COLDWATER 24, COLUMBUS BISHOP HARTLEY 7
MASSILLON — Members of Coldwater's football program heard all the pre-season suggestions that theirs would be the team not to make the playoffs, ending a streak that had reached 17 consecutive years.
They never listened.
"Nobody in our locker room believed it. Never," senior wide receiver and defensive back Drew Otten, son of head coach Chip Otten, said after the Cavaliers won the high school's second straight Division V state championship.
The Cavaliers beat Columbus Bishop Hartley 24-7 on Saturday before 4,395 fans at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Ranked sixth in the final Associated Press poll, Coldwater's Cavaliers won the school's fourth state championship since 2005 when they turned what had been a defensive struggle into a comfortable win by scoring twice in the span of 2:40 in the fourth quarter.
"The talk around town last summer was that this could be the team that would break the streak of not making the playoffs," coach Otten said. "We only had about three returning starters and weren't quite sure who would fit in where. So, I am very happy for these kids because they proved that if you hang together and stick together and work hard, you'll always have a shot."
Quarterback Brody Hoying rushed for 145 yards and scored three touchdowns — two in the short span late in the fourth quarter — living up to his choice as the Associated Press offensive player of the year in Division V. Hoying, a 5-10, 180-pound junior, also completed 7-of-12 passes for 83 yards during what was a close, intense game.
The cousin of former Ohio State standouts Bobby Hoying and Adam and Matt Homan, Hoying also came up with a key interception on his 3-yard line. It came as Hartley was driving for what would have been a go-ahead touchdown on the third play of the fourth quarter with Coldwater protecting a 3-point lead.
Hoying returned his interception 33 yards and ignited a 10-play, 64-yard scoring drive in which he carried the ball eight times — including six in a row — for 59 yards. He capped the drive by running around right end and diving into the end zone from three yards, extending Coldwater's lead to 17-7 with 5:26 left.
Hoying completed the scoring when he went 32 yards after Hartley (13-2) turned the ball over on downs near midfield.
Coldwater's defense played a key role in the victory as it turned back Hartley, scoring threats four times inside the 30-yard line, once on Hoying's interception and three times on downs.
Hartley's touchdown came four plays after junior Tayson Washington recovered a fumble on the first play of the second half at the Coldwater 45.
Both squads chose to keep the ball mostly on the ground. Hoying attempted just 13 passes and Hartley's Jared Brandewie attempted 12.
Hoying and Mitch Schoenherr combined to run for 205 yards, while Brandewie and teammates Alonzo Saxton and Sam Mackowiak accounted for most of the Hawks' 206 yards. Brandewie scored Hartley's only touchdown on a 7-yard run in the third quarter.
CINCINNATI MOELLER 55, MENTOR 52
CANTON — Quarterback Gus Ragland ran for five touchdowns and threw for three more to lead Cincinnati Moeller to the Ohio Division I state championship with a 55-52 win over Mentor Saturday at Canton's Fawcett Stadium.
The Associated Press' co-offensive player of the year tied the Division I state championship record for rushing touchdowns as Moeller (14-1) won its second consecutive title and ninth overall. He threw for 273 yards and rushed for 189.
It's the first time a school has won back-to-back championships in Division I since Cincinnati Elder did it in 2002-03 and the third time the Crusaders have done it (1979-80, 1975-77).
Mentor quarterback Conner Krizancic, the other co-offensive player of the year, set D-I championship marks for passing yards and completions. He was 36-of-55 for 419 yards and two touchdowns.
Moeller led 48-26 after the third quarter but Mentor scored two touchdowns in the first 36 seconds of the fourth quarter. Krizancic rushed for a 3-yard touchdown with 4:12 left and an extra point cut Moeller's lead to three.
Ragland scored the eventual game-winning touchdown, which tied the D-I rushing championship touchdown record set by Davidson's Bo Delande in 2006, with 2:13 left.
Krizancic threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Daugherty with 44 seconds left but the Cardinals' ensuing onside kick went out of bounds Daugherty (18 catches, 164 yards, 2 TDs) set an all-division mark for receptions in a state final.
The 107 points that Mentor (13-2) and Moeller scored were the most in a D-I final, eclipsing the 71 by Hilliard Davidson and Moeller in 2006.
The Crusaders and Cardinals set D-I state finals marks for most combined touchdowns (15), most combined passing yards (736) and most combined total yards (1,136).
The Cardinals' 586 yards total offense and Moeller's 55 points and eight touchdowns also set D-I records.