When it comes to D-VI championships, the MAC continues to dominate.
Some things never change as Marion Local blasted Buckeye Central 61-21
for its fifth state crown. The mighty MAC has won 12 of the past 17 D-VI championships. The 61-point outburst by the
Flyers tied them for the third-most points scored in a title game…here’s how it happened.
When it comes to D-VI championships, the MAC continues to dominate. Some things never change as Marion Local blasted Buckeye Central 61-21 for its fifth state crown. The mighty MAC has won 11 state titles in the last nine years, giving the celebrated conference 24 state titles overall. The MAC has won 12 of the past 17 D-VI championships. The 61-point outburst by the Flyers tied them for the third-most points scored in a title game. Last year Delphos St. John’s racked up 77 points against Shadyside in the title game. The OHSAA needs to re-bracket the regions so two MAC giants collide in the finals, not the semifinals. This game was boring and one can bet when Marion Local was up 40-7 with 8:03 left in the third quarter, coach Tim Goodwin wasn’t rehearsing his victory speech. He was thinking about next year. Things like Coldwater and Delphos. Should I pass more with Adam Bertke. Who will replace Dylan Thobe at wide-out and Kellen Goettemoeller, and Jake Heitkamp. Buckeye Central coach Jason Ratliff expressed explicitly, “They have a pretty damn good QB. He makes that offense go. He’s going to be the real deal.” Bertke completed 14-of-19 passes for 278 yards and four TDs. – By Tim Langevin
Video by Alex Sator
MARION LOCAL ROLLS TO A 61-21 WIN IN D-VI; FLYERS WIN MAC’S 11th TITLE IN NINE YEARS
(Division VI Championship at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium)
By Tim Langevin
CANTON – The “New Look” Marion Local Flyers fooled everybody, including Buckeye Central. QB Adam Bertke completed 14-of-19 passes for 278 yards and four TDs to guide his team past the Bucks 61-21 in dominating fashion Saturday afternoon.
Marion Local coach Tim Goodwin explained, “We did what we wanted to do. The game plan was to be aggressive with the passing attack and it worked. We saw on film that we didn’t want to run straight at them because they looked so big. We saw the passing game was there and took advantage.”
It was the school’s fifth state title and the four-year drought is over. Since the 2007 title, Marion lost in the state semi-finals in 2008 and 2009 and last season blew it with a loss to Minster in the second round.
Goodwin said, “It seemed like a long time. That round two loss to Minster was very disappointing. I had hunger and passion the whole year. I know it fueled me.”
The Flyers wasted no time going to the air. The second play of the game, Bertke fired a 25-yard pass to Lee Pierron and the Flyers were on the move. Four plays later, Bertke found a wide open Dylan Thobe for 15 more yards. The next play Bertke found Thobe again for 13 yards. Jake Heitkamp charged the endzone from eight yards out and Marion Local led 7-0.
Buckeye Central had the ball for three plays before Alaric Keller scooped up a Tyler Erwin fumble and raced 38 yards to the House. The Flyers led 14-0 and the romp was on.
Bertke threw three TD passes to up the lead 34-0 with 45 seconds left in the half. The first score was a 13-yarder to Kellen Goettemoeller and the second and third scores were 17 and 11-yard strikes to Pierron.
It would be ridiculous to write the entire scoring summary so just watch the attached video.
Jake Heitkamp, the MAC Offensive Player of the Year, capped a brilliant career with 95 yards on 19 carries and two TDs. Freshman RB Jacy Goettemoeller took advantage of playing time, dashing for 74 yards and a TD. He averaged 10.6 yards per carry.
Heitkamp said, “This was just another big game in a long line of big games. The MAC prepares us. The mind-set here is that we have a chance for state every year.”
Pierron and Thobe were the beneficiaries of Bertke’s pin-point accuracy. Pierron led the way with 140 yards and three TDs on six receptions. Thobe caught six passes for 114 yards.
Thobe said, “We know if we can compete in the league, we can compete for a state title…We knew this was the last game for us seniors. We played hard and got us a championship.”
QB Erwin had a rough game for the Bucks, completing 10-of-20 passes for 64 yards with one pick.
The Bucks ground attack hammered out 228 yards. Michael Adkins ran for 120 yards and one score and Adam Paynter rushed for 115 yards and two TDs.
The Flyers demonstrated a balanced attack with 278 yards in the air and 209 yards on the ground for a total of 487 yards.
“We knew he’d be the next quarterback. We watched him play in the neighborhood,” Goodwin said with a big grin, insinuating, wait until next year. He added, “He is a talented kid. On the money. Make any throw we ask of him.”
The Flyers finish the season 13-2 with a good crop of young talent returning. Expect Goodwin to have this team harvested by next December.
Buckeye Central concludes the season 12-3.