Davidson shocks Glenville: Wildcats win second D-I title in four years

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Davidson QB Jake Trubiano had 196 yards rushing in the D-I state final. (Photo by Stephanie Porter)

Immediately following the Division I state football
championship on Saturday, Hilliard Davidson coach Brian White boarded a
plane for Las Vegas.

Actually, he didn’t. But he should have.


CANTON – Immediately following the Division I state football
championship on Saturday, Hilliard Davidson coach Brian White boarded a
plane for Las Vegas.

Actually, he didn’t. But he should have.

For
the second time in as many trips to the state final, White elected to
go for a two-point conversion and the win rather than overtime. And for
the second time he guessed right.

Thanks to a jaw-dropping
performance by senior quarterback Jake Trubiano, Davidson won its
second state title in four years with a shocking come-from-behind 16-15
win over Glenville at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium.

Trubiano, who
rushed for 196 yards on 18 carries, catapulted the Wildcats in front
with a successful two-point attempt with just 1:04 remaining. The
winning score was set up by a 73-yard Trubiano run on first-and-ten from the Davidson 23 with 3:11 left.

“Jake Trubiano is a
warrior,” White said. “I think he proved it there with that great run
and the two-point conversion.”

Said Trubiano: “This is a dream come true. We pulled through.”

Trubiano’s
performance was complimented nicely by that of teammate Spencer
Delande. Delande, whose older brother Bo ran for five TDs and scored
the winning two-point conversion in the Wildcats 2006 victory over
Mentor, capped Davidson’s final drive with a two-yard TD run. He then
intercepted a Glenville pass with 12 seconds left to end any Tarblooder
heroics.

Junior Rico Butler added 59 yards on 11 carries and
scored the Wildcats first TD on a 24-yard run. Davidson racked up 250
yards of offense – all on the ground. The Wildcats attempted just two
passes.

“We were hoping to make it a four quarter game and
obviously it came down to that,” White said. “We felt like if we could
be in it in the fourth quarter we’d give ourselves a chance to win.”

Said Delande: “When we were down with three minutes left no one gave up.”

Added
Trubiano: “I thought maybe we could have a regular game where there
wasn’t a comeback, but when we were down by a touchdown we knew we
could come back.”

The come-from-behind win was Davidson’s second
in a row. Last week the Wildcats went 80 yards on their final drive and
scored – on a two-yard run from Delande – with 33 seconds left to beat
Cincinnati Elder 24-20 in the state semifinals.

Glenville,
playing in its first state championship game, fell painfully shy of
becoming the first Cleveland Public School to win a state football
title.

The Tarblooders fell behind 8-0 in the third quarter but responded with 15 straight points.

Junior quarterback Cardale Jones scored on a 10-yard run and then found Nicholas Davis for a two-yard TD pass.

Glenville
looked to be in great shape with 4:51 to go and the ball at the
Davidson 25-yardline following a botched punt. But the Tarblooders
failed to convert a first down and turned the ball over with 3:11 left.
On the next play Trubiano went 73 yards.

“We had a few drops
here and there and some mistakes but we played sound football,”
Glenville head coach Ted Ginn Sr. said. “It wasn’t God’s willing.”

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