The fourth weekend of the
School Football Playoffs has wrapped and the SIX state finals are set. State Semifinals
in Division I, III and V were contested Saturday across the state. Click
here to see
what we learned Saturday and who is playing who next Saturday in the state finals!
Five Things We Learned Saturday: State Semifinals
1. There will be a first-time winner in D-I: Lakewood St. Edward and Huber Heights Wayne have each been to the Division I state final before, but niether has won it. Wayne was state runner-up in 1999, while St. Edward is a three-time runner-up (1975, 1986, 2003).
2. MAC has two teams in again: For the seventh time in the last eight years, the Midwest Athletic Conference is sending TWO teams to state finals. Coldwater will face Youngstown Ursuline in D-V, while Delphos St. John’s will play Shadyside in D-VI. Since 2003, MAC teams have played in 13 state finals and are 9-4.
3. An unlikely rematch in D-V: Speaking of the MAC and Coldwater, the Cavaliers are no strangers to the state finals (playing in fourth championship game in six years), but this year their run to the final weekend has been somewhat unexpected. Many in Coldwater felt this year would be a “down” year for the team as a group of young players assumed several key roles and first-year head coach Chip Otten took over for the legendary John Reed. Since starting 1-2 (with losses to Kenton and Anna), the Cavs have gone 10-1 (lost 14-0 to Delphos St John’s in Week 7). In the D-V final, Coldwater will face undefeated and unanimous No. 1 Youngstown Ursuline in a rematch of last year’s final that the Irish won 55-25. In that game, 15 D-V final records were set.
4. Speaking of 1-2 starts: Akron Buchtel opened the season with an impressive win over Massillon Washington and then dropped back-to-back games to Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. Since then they’ve gone 10-1 and find themselves in their first state championship game in 14 years. Buchtel is a five-time finalist now. The Griffins won titles in 1987 and 1988 at Ohio Stadium and finished runner-up in 1995 and 1996. Both those losses in 1995 and 1996 came at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium – the location for this year’s D-III final as well.
5. Public vs Private: Five of the six state finals will feature Public vs Private match-ups. The only division where that won’t happen is in D-II where two public schools will square off in Maple Heights and Trotwood-Madison.
Lakewood St. Edward 23, Toledo Whitmer 13
Huber Heights Wayne 28, Hilliard Davidson 14
Final: Lakewood St. Edward (14-0) vs Huber Heights Wayne (11-3)
Saturday (Dec. 4): 7 p.m. at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium
Akron Buchtel 52, Alliance Marlington 8
Columbus Watterson 20, Cincinnati McNicholas 7
Final: Akron Buchtel (11-3) vs Columbus Watterson (12-1)
Saturday (Dec. 4): 3 p.m. at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
Coldwater 26, Fredericktown 6
Youngstown Ursuline 51, Lima Central Catholic 36
Final: Youngstown Ursuline (14-0) vs Coldwater (11-3)
Saturday (Dec. 4): 11 a.m. at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium