Ohio High School Football State Championships in Divisions I, IV and VI were handed out Saturday in Stark County. See who won and what we learned on the final day of the state finals. More records fell…
WHAT WE LEARNED
1. Marion Local wins its fifth state title: The Flyers became one of nine schools in history to have at least five football state titles when they beat Buckeye Central 61-21 in the D-VI state final at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. Marion Local is a member of the Midwest Athletic Conference. Why is that important? Of the nine schools in state history with at least five state titles, four are from the MAC: Delphos St John’s (six), St. Henry (six), Versailles (six) and Marion Local (five). The latter three are also the only public schools with five or more titles.
2. Big day for the Goettemoeller family from Maria Stein: Three years ago I wrote an article about a tragedy (car crash) in Maria Stein that claimed the lives of three former Flyers football players who were all apart of ML’s 2006 D-V state championship team. One of those lost in the accident was Jordan Goettemoeller. Saturday, Jordan’s little brothers led Marion Local to another state title. Playing all season with their brother’s memory and playing together despite a three year age difference, both Kellen Goettemoeller (senior) and Jacy Goettemoeller (freshman) played large parts in the Flyers D-VI state final win. Kellen Goettemoeller caught a first quarter TD pass, while Jacy Goettemoeller forced a first quarter fumble that was returned for a TD. He also carried the ball seven times for 77 yards and a TD. Rarely do freshman play at Marion Local, but Jacy Goettemoeller starts at DB and KR. Kellen Goettemoeller is a starting TE. It was the brothers mission to play together and for their brother Jordan this year. Mission accomplished.
3. The MAC is overrated?: Got some mail from a “fan” Friday night letting me know that Coldwater and the MAC were overrated. Oh really?
The submitter said: “It’s been 4 years since (Coldwater’s) big Mooney upset. Since then they’ve gotten it handed to them. They can’t even use the Catholic school excuse this time. Coldwater is overrated, and without a Homan soft. They would have made the state finals twice since 2000 if they played in NE Ohio regions. Seven state champ appearances in just over 10 years does not make them a juggernaut considering the circumstances, just an excellent program with committed players fortunate to be in Region 20. I was at the 2005 win against Mooney, that Coldwater team was the real deal. The 2007 game was magic, a 1 in a 100 outcome. They have been overwhelmed since then, not just beaten. SW Ohio needs to realize things have changed in the last couple of years. Coldwater and the MAC are now over-hyped and overrated. I think there was a time when people feared coach Reed because he seemed to find a way. I don’t think people fear coach Otten, at least I don’t. Coldwater is now just the best DV team in western Ohio, which is an accomplishment but not as big a deal as MAC people think it is.”
Hmmm. OK. If owning 21 state titles and sending two teams to state finals eight of the last nine years is “over-hyped and overrated” – which is what the MAC has done – I’ll take it. And so would every other conference in Ohio.
And to defend Coldwater – of the Cavs four losses this year, two were to state champions (Marion Local and Kirtland) and one was to a state finalist (Kenton).
Did we mention the MAC has produced at least one football state champion the last nine years? It has.
4. Good thing the OHSAA didn’t rebracket the D-VI semis so two MAC schools could meet in the final: While we’re at it…for the last two years I’ve been politicking for the OHSAA to rebracket the D-VI state semis so two MAC schools have the opportunity to meet in the D-VI state final. Some people like the suggestion and some don’t. We all have our own opinion, but here’s what I know: Marion Local was beating Buckeye Central 34-0 at halftime and 54-7 after three quarters of the D-VI state final. Last week in an all-MAC state semifinal, the Flyers had to score a TD in the final minute to eke out a 21-14 win over defending state champion Delphos St. John’s. Which game would you rather see?
In the last two years, Delphos St. John’s and Marion Local have won back-to-back D-VI state titles for the MAC by demolishing the opposition by the combined score of 138-27.
5. Norwayne – and Adam Wallace – are for real: Many expected the Bobcats to get beat by Kenton in the D-IV title game, but if Norwayne taught us anything it’s to expect the unexpected. Led by senior QB/LB Adam Wallace who wears #45, Norwayne more than held its own against Kenton in the D-IV final and shocked the Wildcats 48-42 before a crowd of 10,329 at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. Norwayne outgained the Wildcats 495-471 in total yards and scored the winning TD with 31 seconds left when Adam Wallace hit Kaleb Harris for a 31-yard TD. Wallace – playing both ways – had a monster game. He completed 15-of-24 passes for 282 yards and four TDs and ran 30 times for 140 yards and three more TDs. On defense Wallace added a team-high 8.5 tackles. The state title was just the second for a Wayne County school (Orrville was the first in 1998) and quite an accomplishment for a program making just its third playoff appearance ever.
6. Kenton can set records: The Wildcats and record-setting senior QB Maty Mauk didn’t win the D-IV state title but they did make an impact in the record book. In his last high school game, Mauk completed 27-of-50 passes for 421 yards and five TDs and also carried the ball 22 times for 50 yards and another TD. His five passing TDs broke the previous D-IV finals record of four set by his brother Ben. Mauk’s favorite target was senior WR Brice Fackler who caught five passes for a D-IV finals record 178 yards and an all-divisions finals record four TDs.
Combined Kenton and Norwayne totaled 966 yards, which is the fourth most in Ohio finals history. The 703 combined passing yards was the most ever in a non-overtime state final regardless of division. The 90 total points is the third most in state finals history (all divisions).
7. St. Ignatius is the king of Ohio football: There are several notable programs in Ohio but none carry the credentials of St. Ignatius – none. The Wildcats won an unprecedented 11th state championship with a 34-13 win over Pickerington Central in the D-I final at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium. All 11 titles have come under head coach Chuck Kyle. No wonder the Wildcats also had the weekend’s most impressive crowd.
8. Northeast Ohio finally got Central Ohio: St. Ignatius’ win in the D-I final snapped a three game losing streak for Northeast Ohio against Central Ohio in D-I championship games. Hilliard Davidson beat Glenville and Mentor for the 2009 and 2006 titles, respectively, and Upper Arlington beat Solon for the 2000 title.
D-VI Stat of the Day: Buckeye Local had the ball for four more minutes than Marion Local did (26:04-21:56) in the D-VI final but lost by 40 points (61-21). The Flyers scored TDs on fumble and interception returns.
D-IV Stat of the Day II: Kenton and Norwayne were a perfect 5-for-5 in the red zone in the D-IV final. Thing is there were 13 TDs scored, so eight were 21-yards or longer.
D-I Stat of the Day III: Pickerington Central managed just 22 yards rushing on 25 carries against St. Ignatius in the D-I final.
Marion Local 61, Buckeye Central 21
Norwayne 48, Kenton 42
Cleveland St. Ignatius 34, Pickerington Central 13
Marion Local sophomore QB Adam Bertke completed 14-of-19 passes for 278 yards and four TDs in a 61-21 win over Buckeye Central in the D-VI final.
Marion Local junior WR Lee Pierron caught six passes for 140 yards and three TDs in a 61-21 win over Buckeye Central in the D-VI final.
Marion Local senior RB Jake Heitkamp added two TDs and 95 yards on 19 carries in a 61-21 win over Buckeye Central in the D-VI final.
Buckeye Central junior RB Michael Adkins carried the ball 22 times for 121 yards and a TD in a 61-21 loss to Marion Local in the D-VI final.
Norwayne senior QB/LB Adam Wallace completed 15-of-24 passes for 282 yards and four TDs and ran 30 times for 140 yards and three more TDs in the Bobcats 48-42 win over Kenton in the D-IV state final. On defense Wallace added a team-high 8.5 tackles.
Kenton senior QB Maty Mauk completed 27-of-50 passes for 421 yards and five TDs and also carried the ball 22 times for 50 yards and another TD in a 48-42 loss to Norwayne in the D-IV final. Mauk’s five passing TDs broke the previous D-IV finals record of four set by his brother Ben.
Kenton senior WR Brice Fackler (#3) caught five passes for a D-IV finals record 178 yards and an all-divisions finals record four TDs in teh Wildcats 48-42 loss to Norwayne in the D-IV final.
Senior WR Jon Maibach caught four passes for 75 yards and a TD in the Bobcats 48-42 win over Kenton in the D-IV state final. Maibach also had 5.5 tackles, including one for loss.
Norwayne sophomore Trevahn Berry had three interceptions in the Bobcats 48-42 win over Kenton in the D-IV state final.
St. Ignatius senior QB Eric Williams completed 19-of-31 passes for 297 yards and two TDs in the Wildcats 34-13 win over Pickerington Central in the D-I final.
St. Ignatius junior RB Tim McVey carried the ball 24 times for 107 yards and two TDs in the Wildcats 34-13 win over Pickerington Central in the D-I final.
St. Ignatius senior K Tim Shenk booted two field goals (43 and 31 yards) and four PATs in the Wildcats 34-13 win over Pickerington Central in the D-I final.
Pickerington Central senior QB Nick Jensen-Clagg completed 21-of-38 passes for 280 yards and two TDs in the Tigers 34-13 loss to St. Ignatius in the D-I final.