On Dec. 1, my wife called me prior to the Division IV state football championship to see what channel the game was on back in Dayton. Her reasoning? She couldn’t “imagine another football team being better than Coldwater.”
Turns out there wasn’t.
Influenced by the Cavaliers dismantling of Williamsport Westfall the week before in the state semis, my wife and I left that game thinking Coldwater had a chance against Youngstown Cardinal Mooney — the prohibitive D-IV favorite to repeat as state champions since the end of last season. Few others felt the way we did. Mooney was after all — despite being a D-IV team — ranked No. 8 nationally in the USA Today Super 25.
Coldwater won anyway, 28-27.
It was the Midwest Athletic Conference’s second state title in as many days and the MAC’s second win over a favored team from the Mahoning Valley’s fabled Steel Valley Conference. The first “upset” had gone to Maria Stein Marion Local, which won its second straight state title with a 20-14 victory over Youngstown Ursuline in the D-V final. Last year Marion Local won in D-VI, while Ursuline was in the D-IV playoffs.
This has become commonplace in Stark County when the weather turns cold – the MAC walking away with wins, hardware and history.
Consider, eight of the last 10 years, the MAC has sent two, yes TWO, teams to the state football finals. The first five trips, the conference went 5-5. The last three visits the MAC is 6-0.
Mercer and Auglaize County residents ought to start buying property in Canton and Massillon.
They own it anyway.
In addition to our extensive coverage of the state football finals in this issue of Ohio High Magazine, including Coldwater’s dramatic win, we recap all state finals for all fall sports including boys and girls soccer, girls tennis, boys and girls golf, boys and girls cross country, field hockey and volleyball.
Also featured are our Ohio High/Huntington Bank players of the year in all fall sports and our football coach of the year.
Other articles include:
* Ohio High Cup standings: We release the first rankings for the 2007-08 school year.
* Duane Long’s top senior, junior and sophomore football players: The 2008 senior class is recapped one last time before moving our attention to the 2009 class come May.
* The Ohio High/ONN All-Ohio football team.
* A feature on Middletown Madison senior basketball player Nathanael Harney, who is honoring his deceased brother and identical twin this season.
* Updated information on Ohio’s top boys and girls basketball recruits.
* A feature on Indiana University-bound basketball standout Tom Pritchard of Lakewood St. Edward.
* A feature on Cincinnati St. Xavier DE Greg Scruggs, who gave up music this year to play football and has earned scholarships to some of the top college football programs in the country
About the only thing more absolute than the fact fans of high school sports will enjoy this issue of Ohio High is that the MAC will win two football state championships next year.
Or it will at least have two teams playing for titles.
To subscribe to Ohio High magazine, CLICK HERE
to become a subscriber to JJHuddle.com and get the magazine as part of your subscription, CLICK HERE