Half of the state finals weekend is set…See who got it in Divisions II, III and V. It’s all here.
1. The MAC will have TWO teams in Stark County for the eighth time in nine years: Thanks to Coldwater’s 41-21 win over Hicksville in a Division V state semifinal, the Midwest Athletic Conference will have at least two teams in the state finals for the eighth time since 2002. Delphos St. John’s and Marion Local play each other (thanks to the OHSAA) in a D-VI semifinal Saturday.
2. Kirtland breaks through: The Hornets last two trips to the playoffs ended in loses to Youngstown Ursuline in the D-V Region 17 final. This year Kirtland will end its season in the D-V state final for the first time ever thanks to a 42-0 win over Bucyrus Wynford in the D-V state semifinals. Coldwater and Kirtland square off on Friday at 11 a.m. at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
3. Avon advances via air attack: The Eagles earned their first berth in the state finals with a 43-20 win over Aurora in a Division II state semifinal. Aurora had given up six passing TDs in its previous 13 games. Avon QB Justin O’Rourke threw for five.
4. Trotwood-Madison punches its ticket: The Rams are one-game from going wire-to-wire. Barely. Trotwood opened the season No. 1 in the Muscle Milk & JJHuddle D-II Power Poll and was our favorite to win the D-II state title. Head coach Maurice Douglass and his squad are 48 minutes away from the program’s first state title thanks to their 47-44 win over Columbus Marion-Franklin in a D-II state semifinal. The Rams led 40-16 with 10 minutes left in the second quarter. Trotwood plays Avon at 7 p.m. Friday at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
5. Mooney looking for eighth title: The Cardinals have seven state titles. Only Cleveland St. Ignatius (10) and Newark Catholic (8) have more. Mooney earned the right to try for a second-place tie with a 24-14 win over Chagrin Falls in the D-III state semifinals.
6. Springfield Shawnee gets in for first time ever: While Mooney will be looking for its eighth state title, the Braves will be looking for their first and also the first for Clark County. The only other Clark County high school to make a state football final was Springfield Catholic Central in 1991. Shawnee rallied from a 35-21 halftime deficit to beat Elida 56-42. Shawnee and Mooney will play at 3 p.m. Friday at Canton Fawcett Stadium.
State Semifinal Scores
Avon 43, Aurora 20
Trotwood-Madison 47, Columbus Marion-Franklin 44
Youngstown Mooney 24, Chagrin Falls 14
Springfield Shawnee 56, Elida 42
Coldwater 41, Hicksville 21
Kirtland 42, Bucyrus Wynford 0