Massillon moves one step closer to its “first” state
title; Ada almost did it again; Coshocton doesn’t care about tradition; Alter’s defense can be scored upon and more from Saturday’s Regional Finals, including the final scores…
Twelve games, 24 teams and 48 minutes. For some that still wasn’t
enough. Following Saturday’s state football playoff action only 24 teams still have a pulse. Here’s some of what happened to the 12 who survived Saturday…
What We Learned:
1. Ada almost did it again: Same scenario, same conferences and nearly the same results. In March,
Ada’s boys basketball team derailed the title hopes of undefeated New Knoxville
by upsetting the Rangers who entered the contest as the defending D-IV state
champion, the Midwest Athletic Conference champion and nearly everyone’s pick
to repeat as state champion. Saturday, the Bulldogs nearly bit the MAC again.
This time facing undefeated Delphos St. John’s – the defending D-VI state
champions, MAC champions and nearly everyone’s pick to win the state title
again – Ada came up just short, falling 34-31 in OT in the Region 22 final at
Findlay’s Donnell Stadium.
2. Massillon moves one step closer to its “first” state
title: Yes, I know fabled Massillon has 22
state titles, but all of those were before 1972 when the OHSAA implemented the
playoff system. Since then the Tigers have been to the state championship game
three times and lost all three. With a 10-7 win over archrival Canton McKinley
in the Region 2 final at Akron, Massillon moved one step closer to another
state championship appearance. Win the next two games and those other 22 titles
suddenly look a lot better.
3. Alter’s defense can be scored upon: Did Clinton-Massie score on the Knights? Yes. Did
they score a lot? No. After pitching three straight shutouts and four in the
last five games, Alter finally allowed points in its D-IV, Region 16 final
against Massie. How many? Just seven. The Knights won their third regional title
in four years with a 32-7 decision over the Falcons at Centerville High School.
So far this postseason Alter has outscored the opposition 115-7.
4. Marion Local keeps it going: Sitting 4-5 after Week 9, the Flyers playoff
chances looked slim with a Week 10 date against Anna looming in what shaped up
to be a do-or-die game. After surprising the Rockets and slapping a 28-21 loss
on them, Marion has rolled to three straight playoff wins and a fourth straight
regional title. The Flyers beat Fort Loramie 27-0 in the D-VI, Region 24 final
at Wapakoneta’s Harmon Field.
5. Solon no push over:
I doubt many fans outside of Solon thought that after Glenville snapped
Cleveland St. Ignatius’s 25-game win streak and sent the defending D-I state
champions packing last week, that the Tarblooders would have much trouble with
the Comets this week. Wrong. Cruising to a 28-7 halftime lead, Glenville held
on for a 28-27 win over Solon at Parma’s Byers Field. Two crucial plays on
special teams went the Tarblooders way late, including a blocked extra point
that would have tied the game and a 50-yard missed field goal on the last play
of the game.
6. Coshocton doesn’t care about tradition: In back-to-back weeks the Redskins have sent two of
the state’s most storied programs home. Last week Coshocton beat
Amanda-Clearcreek. Saturday, they beat Ironton. The Aces and Tigers combined
have been in 13 state championship games and have won four state titles (two
each). The Redskins are one win away from their first state championship game.
7. Another MAC team will lose next week: So far this postseason, two Midwest Athletic
Conference teams have lost – and both have been to a fellow MAC school.
Coldwater, which is in the D-V state semifinals, has ousted both Anna and St.
Henry – in OT. Next week either Delphos St. John’s or Marion Local will go home
as those two MAC schools meet in a D-VI state semifinal.
SATURDAY’S FINAL SCORES
Cleveland Glenville 28, Solon 27
Massillon Washington 10, Canton McKinley 7
Hilliard Davidson 22, Dublin Coffman 7
Cincinnati Elder 28, Cincinnati Anderson 21
Chagrin Falls 58, Peninsula Woodridge 28
Ottawa-Glandorf 21, Orrville 20
Coshocton 20, Ironton 14, OT
Kettering Alter 32, Clarksville Clinton-Massie 7
Norwalk St. Paul 28, Bucyrus Wynford 21
Delphos St. John’s 34, Ada 31, OT
Grove City Christian 20, Malvern 8
Maria Stein Marion Local 27, Fort Loramie 0