Winton Woods runs past Maple Heights for first state football title

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Winton Woods QB Dominique Brown scored four TDs in the D-II state final. (Photo by Gary Housteau)

Cincinnati Winton Woods collected its
first football state title Friday night in Massillon Paul Brown Tiger
Stadium with a 42-12 victory over Maple Heights. The Warriors
finish the season with a 13-2 record, winning their last nine games.


MASSILLON – Cincinnati Winton Woods collected its
first football state title Friday night in Massillon Paul Brown Tiger
Stadium with a 42-12 victory over Maple Heights. The Warriors
finish the season with a 13-2 record, winning their last nine games.

Led by senior quarterback Dominique Brown, the Warriors took a
14-point lead during the second quarter and never looked back. After
Maple Heights closed the score to 14-6 with under five minutes to go in
the second quarter, Winton Woods went on to score 28 unanswered points
en route to the victory.

Brown finished the game with 200 total
yards, 172 on the ground, four rushing touchdowns and another through
the air. During the five tournament games, Brown collected 855 yards on
94 carries and 16 touchdowns. Senior RB Jeremiah Goins also picked up
155 yards rushing in the game for the Warriors.

In its first
trip to a state championship game, Winton Woods left its mark in the
record book, setting a new standard for Division II rushing yards with
376. Brown’s four touchdowns and 24 points tie the current records for
Division II set by Javon Ringer of Dayton Chaminade-Julienne in 2002.
The 42 points scored by the Warriors matches their season average,
having scored a total of 633 for the season, eighth most all-time for a
season in OHSAA history.

Maple Heights junior quarterback Shaq
Washington completed 16 passes for 214 yards and ran for a touchdown.
Senior running back Devonte Ransom collected 127 yards on 17 carries
with one touchdown.

Maple Heights totaled 381 yards of offense,
but converted only one third-down in the game, halting scoring
opportunities. The 785 total yards collected by both teams ties the
record set by Cincinnati Anderson and Louisville in 2007.

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