Youngstown Ursuline completes Steel Valley sweep; Irish tame Coldwater

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Ursuline RB Asike Teague helped the Irish beat Coldwater 55-25 in the D-V final. (Photo by Gary Housteau)

Coldwater quarterback Keith Wenning set a Division V state
football finals record with 414 yards passing, but it wasn’t enough to
overcome the record Youngstown Ursuline set. The Irish won their second straight
title with a D-V finals record 55 points in a 55-25 win over the
Cavaliers at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium. The team’s combined output of 80
points was also a D-V record.


CANTON – Coldwater quarterback Keith Wenning set a Division V state
football finals record with 414 yards passing, but it wasn’t enough to
overcome the record Youngstown Ursuline set. The Irish, playing in
their third straight state championship, won their second straight
title with a D-V finals record 55 points in a 55-25 win over the
Cavaliers at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium. The team’s combined outputs of 80 points, 12 TDs, 49 pass completions and 982 yards were also D-V records.

Ursuline had too much speed (five
TDs over 25 yards) for the Cavaliers who were attempting to win their
third state title in five years for head coach John Reed who was
diagnosed with esophageal cancer five weeks ago. Reed, who has
postponed treatment for his sickness in order to lead the Cavs through
the playoffs, will start chemotherapy on Monday. He’ll have surgery in
February.

Wenning, headed to Ball State, did his best to lead
Coldwater but his effort – 40-of-54 passing for 414 yards and three TDs
(he also ran for a score) – wasn’t enough to overcome some untimely
mistakes. Wenning threw one interception that was returned for a TD and
three times the Cavs turned the ball over on downs in the Ursuline red
zone, including once inside the 5-yardline.

Coldwater scored
first on Wenning’s 6-yard pass to Kurt Schoenherr in the first quarter,
but Ursuline responded with three straight scores in the second quarter
and led 27-13 at half.

In the third quarter Ursuline scored on
its first possession to take control. Coldwater got back to within
34-19 but got no closer.

Senior stalwart Allen Jones led the
Irish attack, which piled up 508 total yards, by rushing for 155 yards
and a TD on 21 carries. Junior Akise Teague added 112 yards and three
TDs on 9 carries.

Irish quarterback Paul Krempke also had a solid game by completing 9-of-13 passes for 115 yards and a TD.

Coldwater had 474 total yards.

The championship is Ursuline’s third overall and second over Coldwater. The Irish also won 49-37 in 2000 D-IV final.

The
state final match-up also pitted two of the state’s top football
conferences in the Midwest Athletic Conference (Coldwater) and the
Steel Valley Conference (Ursuline). With the Irish’s win, the MAC and
SVC’s state championship game record against each other is 3-3.

Appropriate.

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