Playoff Highlights Finals Weekend: 23 records set or tied and four champs throw 12 passes – combined?


Youngstown Mooney won its seventh state football title. (Photo by Gary Housteau)

Catholic schools won four of six titles but who cares about that…right? Right. Although Coldwater and Mother Nature put some zip in the air, no one
else did during state football finals weekend in Stark County. Not even
close. And records weren’t safe either…in one game alone 15 of them fell. Here’s the highlights…

Although Coldwater and Mother Nature put some zip in the air, no one
else did during state football finals weekend in Stark County. Not even

Coldwater’s Keith Wenning, who threw for 414 yards, was
the only QB to throw for over 214 yards. Instead, most teams relied
heavily on the run.


– Hilliard Davidson threw two passes and completed none in the D-I final

– Winton Woods threw the ball twice in the D-II final

– Youngstown Mooney attempted four passes in the D-III final

– Kettering Alter threw the ball four times in the D-IV final

And what else do those four have in common? They all won state championships.

in defeat, Columbus DeSales threw just seven times and Delphos St.
John’s just eight, in the D-III and VI finals, respectively.

people want to see us throw the ball, they should get to the games
about an hour early,” Alter head coach Ed Domsitz joked. “We throw the
ball all over the place. I’ve got two quarterbacks and they probably
throw 40 passes apiece 40 minutes before the ballgame. And our
receivers make great catches too.”


JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
Jake Trubiano, Hilliard Davidson:

The senior QB rushed for 196 yards on 18 carries and scored the winning
two-point conversion with 1:04 left in the Wildcats 16-15 win over
Glenville in the D-I state championship. Trubiano set up the winning
score by rushing for 73 yards on the final drive’s first play.

JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
Armstrong, Alter:
The senior DB registered eight tackles (five solo),
2.5 TFL, two sacks and returned an interception for a TD in the Knights
37-7 win over Chagrin Falls in D-IV.

JJHuddle Special Teams Players of the Week
The Bergfeld Brothers, Delphos St. John’s:
they didn’t win the state title, the Bergfeld brothers – junior Tyler
and sophomore Jordan – kept the Blue Jays in the D-VI game until the
final snap. Tyler set up one DSJ score with an 89-yard punt return,
while Jordan returned a kickoff 86 yards for a TD in the Blue Jays
24-21 loss to Norwalk St. Paul.


Keith Wenning, Coldwater: The
senior QB went off by completing 40-of-55 passes for 414 yards in the
D-V final. All three marks are D-V state final records. The Cavaliers
however lost 55-25 to Youngstown Ursuline. Wenning threw for three TDs
and ran for another.

Dominique Brown, Winton Woods: Senior QB exploded for four TDs and 172 yards on 20 carries in a 42-12 win over Maple Heights in D-II. He also threw for a TD.

Braylon Heard, Youngstown Mooney:
Senior RB rushed for 178 yards and two TDs on 28 carries in the
Cardinals 35-7 win over Columbus DeSales in D-II. He also threw for a
TD and had an interception on defense.

Eric Schwieterman, Norwalk St. Paul:
The senior QB led the Flyers to the D-VI state title by scoring the
game-winning TD on a 1-yard run with five seconds left. For the game, a
24-21 win over Delphos St. John’s, Schwieterman completed 8-of-13
passes for 187 yards and rushed for 147 yards and three TDs on 30


Much has been made of the continued battle facing Medina Highland
senior Kory Wiita who suffered a spinal injury in Week 10. And
rightfully so. Wiita continues to fight at the MetroHealth Medical
Center in Cleveland where he’s recently started physical therapy.

was on everyone’s mind during finals weekend. Every team showed support
by either wearing helmets stickers (i.e. Mooney) or writing “KW32”
somewhere on their uniforms.

When asked why he would do this,
Alter senior RB Cody Taulbee explained he always wore specific initials
on his left arm, but the ones on his right arm this week…

knew this game was going to be broadcast on TV,” Taulbee said. “I
always wear my great grandma’s name on my left arm – you know something
that is important to me. I thought it might be a motivational thing for
(Kory) if he was watching this game or someone from his family was and
saw that. We’re all praying for him and we all have his back.”

father, Dan, maintains a journal on Kory’s status on a CaringBridge
website. His entry on Saturday at 10: 38 p.m. started out with: “I
watch these State Finals football games and I am just amazed. Six
games, 12 teams, and they all have KW32 stickers on.  I can’t believe
it is actually for my “number 32”.  Everybody’s support is
so incredible and powerful.”

MAC Denied:
Delphos St. John’s loss in the D-VI state final, coupled with
Coldwater’s loss in the D-V title game, ended a string of six straight
seasons in which the Midwest Athletic Conference had won a state
football title. The MAC still has 19 state champions since 1989, but
was denied in its bid – twice – for No. 20. In the previous four
seasons the MAC was 7-0 in state title games.

Mooney Mayhem:
The Cardinals became just the fourth school in state history to capture
seven state football titles. Cleveland St. Ignatius has 10 titles and
Newark Catholic has eight. Cincinnati Moeller also has seven.


1. Youngstown Mooney

2. Hilliard Davidson

3. Kettering Alter

4. Youngstown Ursuline

5. Winton Woods

TOP RUSHERS (over 100 yards)

Jake Trubiano, Hilliard Davidson (196 yards, 18 carries)

Braylon Heard, Mooney (178 yards, 28 carries, two TDs)

Dominique Brown, Winton Woods (172 yards, 20 carries, four TDS)

Allen Jones, Ursuline (155 yards, 21 carries, TD)

Jeremiah Goins, Winton Woods (155 yards, 21 carries)

Eric Schwieterman, Norwalk St. Paul (147 yards, 30 carries, three TDs)

Devonte Ransom, Maple Heights (127 yards, 17 carries, TD)

Cody Taulbee, Alter (126 yards, 16 carries, 3 TDs)

Asike Teague, Ursuline (112 yards, nine carries, three TDs)

Nick Gentile, Columbus DeSales (107 yards, 26 carries)


TOP PASSERS (over 300 yards)

Keith Wenning, Coldwater (414 yards, 40-of-54, 3 TD, INT)


TOP RECEIVERS (over 100 yards)

Adam Rammel, Coldwater (135 yards, 14 receptions, TD)

Kurt Schoenherr, Coldwater (123 yards, 10 receptions, TD)

Ian Hill, Maple Heights (108 yards, eight receptions)


TOP TACKLERS (over 10 tackles)

Trevor Smith, Ursuline (15 tackles, six solo, TFL, PB)

Bobby Winkleman, Chagrin Falls (14 tackles, nine solo, TFL)

Jesse Curry, Ursuline (13 tackles, nine solo, TFL, PB)

Chris Pohlman, Delphos St. John’s (13 tackles, seven solo)

Antonio Poole, Winton Woods (11 tackles, six solo, TFL, FF, FR, PB)

Nolan Plate, Alter (11 tackles, seven solo, 2.5 TFL)

Malik Moore, Glenville (11 tackles, 10 solo, PB)

Fred Robertson, Maple Heights (11 tackles, seven solo)

Nico Irizarry, Ursuline (10 tackles, nine solo, 2 PB)

Joe Pohlman, Delphos St. John’s (10 tackles, seven solo, 0.5 TFL)

and Youngstown Ursuline combined to set 15 new D-V finals records in
the Irish’s 55-25 win. Ursuline set records for most points in a
quarter (27 in the second) and game (55); most yards (508) and most TDs
(eight). Coldwater’s Wenning set records for passing yards (414),
attempts (55) and completions (40), while receiver Adam Rammel set a
record for most catches (14). Together Coldwater and Ursuline set
records for points (80), TDs (12), completions (49) and total yards

Here are other records that fell:

– Winton Woods
set a D-II finals record for yards rushing (396). The Warriors and
Maple Heights also combined to tie Louisville-Anderson (2007) for most
yards in a D-II final with 785. Individually, Winton Woods’ Brown tied
a record with four TDs and 24 points.

– Norwalk St. Paul’s
Schwieterman set a D-VI finals record with a 73-yard TD run. For the
game, Schwieterman’s three TD performance tied the D-VI records for
TDs, rushing TDs and points.

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