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1. St. Ignatius is back: A year after missing the postseason for the first time since 1988 (22 straight postseason berths), St. Ignatius finds itself back in the D-I title game thanks to a 17-6 win over Toledo Whitmer. The Wildcats are the only program in Ohio with double-digit state titles (10), all of which have come under head coach Chuck Kyle. Iggy is 10-1 in state championship games.
2. 0-2 doesn’t look so bad now: Pickerington Central started the season 0-2 and didn’t get much love from anyone other than us at JJHuddle.com. The Tigers, who we ranked No. 6 in the final Muscle Milk & JJHuddle D-I Power Poll, didn’t even make the “others receiving votes” in the final AP State Poll. Hmmm. Pick Central is still dancing. The Tigers earned their second state championship game berth and first in D-I (finished runner-up in D-II in 2006) with a 14-7 win over Cincinnati St. Xavier. St. X beat Pick Central 38-21 in Week 2. Pickerington Central and St. Ignatius meet Saturday at 7 p.m. at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium.
3. Marion Local will be the MAC’s D-VI rep: In a hard-fought D-VI state semifinal between two Midwest Athletic Conference schools – expect anything less? – Marion Local outlasted Delphos St. John’s 21-14. The Flyers scored the game-winning TD with 32 seconds left on a 19-yard pass from Adam Bertke to Lee Pierron.
4. Buckeye Central earns another berth: In the playoffs for just the second time since 1995, Buckeye Central advanced to its first state championship game since 1995 with a 22-21 win over Berlin Center Western Reserve in the D-VI state semifinals. The Bucks lost 10-7 to St. henry in 1995. Buckeye Central and Marion Local play Saturday at 11 a.m. at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium.
5. Moving up a division and moving onto the state final: Last year Norwayne made history by winning the first playoff game in history – a D-V regional quarterfinal. This year the Bobcats bumped up to D-IV and won four more postseason games en route to the D-IV state final. Ahead just 24-21 at halftime, Norwayne pulled away from Johnstown-Monroe for a 59-28 win in the D-IV state semifinals.
6. 48 more minutes remain for Mauk: Kenton senior QB Maty Mauk owns every important national passing record, but the one glaring omission on his otherwise ridiculous resume is a state title. He’ll get a shot at adding that next Saturday. Kenton blew open a close game (14-6 at half) with 22 third quarter points en route to a 36-6 win over Clinton-Massie in the D-IV state semifinals. Kenton and Norwayne play at 3 p.m. Saturday at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Cleveland St. Ignatius 17, Toledo Whitmer 6
Pickerington Central 14, Cincinnati St. Xavier 7
Kenton 36, Clinton-Massie 6
Norwayne 59, Johnstown-Monroe 28
Marion Local 21, Delphos St. John’s 14
New Washington Buckeye Central 22, Berlin Center Western Reserve 21