Division IV Regional Quarterfinals: Alter, Coldwater cruise in first round


Division IV Playoffs

There were several solid showings by Division IV teams Friday in the regional quarterfinals. Among the winners were Steubenville, Youngstown Mooney, Dayton Oakwood and defending champion Coldwater.


There were several solid showings by Division IV teams Friday in the regional quarterfinals. Among the winners were Steubenville, Youngstown Mooney, Dayton Oakwood and defending champion Coldwater.

Division IV Region 13

Massillon Tuslaw 28, Leavittsburg LaBrae 0

Perry 41, Wooster Triway 7

Steubenville 61, Coshocton 29

Youngstown Mooney 14, Cuyahoga Falls CVCA 6

Division IV Region 14

Fostoria 33, Sparta Highland 12

Genoa Area 47, Huron 21

Marion Pleasant 20, Pemberville Eastwood 7

Ottawa-Glandorf 56, Lorain Clearview 12

Division IV Region 15

Belmont Union Local 25, St. Clairsville 6

Ironton 41, Williamsport Westfall 31

Martins Ferry 20, Columbus Hartley 6

New Lexington 42, Pomeroy Meigs 14

Division IV Region 16

Coldwater 42, Cincinnati N. College Hill 0

Dayton Oakwood 12, Plain City Jonathan Alder 10

Hamilton Badin 33, Clarksville Clinton-Massie 27

Kettering Alter 35, Brookville 7

Alter cruises past previously unbeaten Brookville

By Matt Natali

In the opening round of the state football tournament on the ‘Day of the Dead’, Kettering Alter put the final nail in the coffin on Brookville’s perfect season.

The Knights utilized a stifling defense and controlled the ball on offense ending the Blue Devils season 35-7 at Brookville Stadium.

Alter (9-2) tallied 389 yards of offense and held Brookville (10-1) to just 215. Most of the Knights offensive production came on the ground with 368 yards rushing.

“We were able to maintain ball control and keep their offense off of the field and that was our goal,” Alter head coach Ed Domsitz said. “We got into the flow of the ball game and I came to the conclusion that it would be to our benefit keeping their offense off the field.”

Alter was paced by senior quarterback Austin Boucher who rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns and tossed a 21-yard touchdown strike to Danny Jasper in the fourth quarter.

“It was a battle but it was a fun game,” he said. “We had a good team tonight but we made some mistakes. The passing game wasn’t really going but the running game was going. The offense stepped up, the defense stepped up and it is just one more win and four more to go.”

Senior running back Chris Borland rushed for 124 yards and had a 2-point conversion while fullback Justin Hall had 98 yards rushing and a touchdown and running back Cody Taulbee added 49 yards and a touchdown.

“Our guys have run hard all year whether it is the quarterback or (Hall, Taulbee or Borland),” said Domsitz. “I think all three of them do a great job running the ball. They are a load to bring down and they all have a little bit of speed to them and that helps. We were able to run the ball some tonight and that played into what we wanted to do.”

Alter scored on it first three possessions including a 48-yard Hall touchdown run on Alter’s third offensive play of the game.

Taulbee scored on a 9-yard touchdown run on the next possession after a Brookville fumble and Boucher scampered 20 yards early in the second quarter for another touchdown to go up 20-7 after the missed point after attempt.

“That is what we’ve been doing all year, that is what the team expects and that is what we should have kept doing,” Boucher said about scoring on Alter’s first three possessions.

Brookville cut the lead to 14-7 with 3:49 left in the first frame when senior quarterback Branden Kindell connected with Joey Kirklin for a 21-yard touchdown strike.

Kindell was 12-of-23 passing for 120 yards and the touchdown.

But that would be all the scoring the Blue Devils would get on the night as Alter scored 21 unanswered points controlling the ball on offense and punting only once in the game.

“Brookville, in all probabilities, is the best team we have played all year,” Domsitz said. “They came out and they were fired up. They showed a great deal of spirit and energy and that kept them in the ball game. They certainly made it shaky for us early in the game.”

Alter, which has made the state football playoffs eight straight seasons, was in unfamiliar territory having to travel as the No. 6 seed in Region 16 after forfeiting the first two games for an ineligible player.

But Domsitz doesn’t feel having to play an opening round playoff game on the road is much of a factor.

“I’m not sure that has had much of an effect,” he said. “Once you get to the playoffs, you get to keep playing until you lose. I don’t think it makes much of a difference whether you’re the top seed or No. 6 or No. 8, your season continues until you lose a ball game.”

Added Boucher: “It was awesome. On paper, it s said we were 8-2 but we were also undefeated.”

For Brookville, it was the first postseason appearance since 2000.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game coming in,” Brookville head coach Mike Hetrick said. “Alter is a great program but not to take anything away from our kids – they played hard for four quarters. We had a great season and we knew we were going to have our hands full coming into tonight.”

Coldwater handles North College Hill

By Dean Eversole

COLDWATER – The Coldwater Cavaliers made it clear they are ready to defend to their D-IV state championship title. Coach John Reed and crew dismantled North College Hill Friday night at home 42-0. Cav quarterback Cory Klenke tossed for two scores and ran for two more, pacing the Cav attack.

But, the real story on the night was in the trenches were the Cavaliers controlled, dominated and beat down the Trojans.

“When we watched the films it was their offensive and defensive lines that impressed us the most,” said North College Hill coach Bruce Baarendse. “Coldwater is an outstanding team and knew coming in we would have to take some chances.”

Knowing they had to bottle up North College Hills’ big play potential Reed’s crew was disciplined on defense and efficient on offense.

“Every time you thought about them (NCH) you thought about them going boom up the sidelines. It takes great team discipline to play against a team like this because of their speed,” said Coldwater coach John Reed. “This was as good as a team effort we have had all season with four starters out.”

Coldwater made it clear early they were going to be rude host. After forcing a three and out to open the game, the Cavs were the beneficiary of a short punt, setting up shop on the NCH 37-yard line.

A few plays later Klenke found a wide open Mitch Giere racing down the left side line. Hitting him in stride Giere did the rest and it was 6-0 Coldwater.

About five minutes later the 7-0 advantage was turned into a 14-0 one. Looking to limit the Trojan’s offensive touches, Reed used his running game in this contest and that meant Tony Harlamert.

First Harlamert did his work through the air capping the second Cav scoring drive with a 10-yard reception from Klenke; kicker Mario de Rosa made it 14-0 Coldwater with just over four minutes left in the first quarter.

After NCH failed for a third consecutive time to get anything going on offense, it was becoming clear that this night belong to the Coldwater defense. Led by Adam Homan and Brock Pleiman, the Cavs swallowed up the Trojans and shut them down.

A failed fake punt gave the Cavs the ball on the NCH 21-yard line and another mistake was turned into six points by Coldwater.

With the period ticking away Klenke called his own number, going right up the heart of the defense for a 3-yard scoring run. The extra-point made it 21-0 as Coldwater took complete of the contest both on the field and the scoreboard.

Things did not get any better for the Trojans in the second period. As the offense was shutdown, the defense was put in a bad situation giving the Cavs good field position all night.

“We gave them good position and you just can’t do that against a good team,” said Baarendse

The Cavs put up 14 more points in the second period as Klenke scored the first touchdown on a 7-yard run. A few minutes later Klenke hit Harlamert on a 31-yard touchdown reception; the extra point made it 35-0 and for all tense and purposes the game was over.

The first half ended with Coldwater up 35-0 and in complete control. That meant the second half was purely academic.

“I know it says cliché, but we came together as a team. This was the best week of practice we had all week,” said Reed.

Coldwater took no chances scoring on their first possession of the second half and again it was Harlamert, this time on a 6-yard run. From there it was just a matter of burning the clock and advancing for the Cavs.

That is what they did, pitching the shutout and advancing to the second round. Coldwater will play Oakwood Friday night at yet to be determined site.

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