MVP HD: One for the Ages…Norwayne outlasts Kenton in Classic

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The mighty Maty Mauk met his match against Norwayne QB Adam Wallace. This game was the Grand Daddy of them all as 10,329 fans were held captive for three suspenseful hours. There were 13 TDs, 703 passing yards, nearly 1,000 total yards and several state records broken. Wow if right…


The mighty Maty Mauk met his match against Norwayne QB Adam Wallace. This game was the Grand Daddy of them all as 10,329 fans were held captive for three suspenseful hours. There were 13 TDs, 703 passing yards, and nearly 1,000 total yards. The unranked Bobcats scored with 31 seconds left to upset top-ranked Kenton 48-42 in the D-IV title game. Wallace was Mauk-like with 422 of its team’s 495 yards. He passed for 282 yards and four TDs and ran for 140 yards and three scores. At his LB position he lead the team with 8.5 tackles. Norwayne’s defense derailed Mauk’s championship dreams with five sacks, three picks, and eight tackles for losses. The most prolific passer in schoolboy history confessed, “If you had asked me six or seven months ago that these guys would be playing for a state title, I would have said it would have been almost impossible.” The 2011 Ohio Mr. Football finished the game with 421 passing yards and 50 rushing yards. On the season, Mauk completed 382-of-566 passes for 5,413 yards and 68 TDs, while rushing 241 times for 1,768 yards and 24 TDs. The Missouri-bound standout finished a brilliant career with 18,929 passing yards and 219 TD passes. – By Tim Langevin

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NORWAYNE WINS FIRST TITLE WITH LAST-SECOND WIN OVER UNBEATEN KENTON

(Division IV Championship at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium)

By Tim Langevin
 
MASSILLON – The end of an era. The Maty Mauk era. A four-year span in which a precocious youngster developed into one of the top quarterbacks in the country. A kid following in the footprints of his big brother in search of a state championship. And it was only fitting that Ben Mauk was there to console him that dark moment after Norwayne staged the 48-42 upset over top-ranked Kenton before 10,329 patrons.

Maty Mauk said, “If you had asked me six or seven months ago if these guys would be playing for a state title, I would have said it would almost be impossible. But these guys, our seniors, have been such great leaders. We played and competed hard.”

This Saturday night game was a thriller to remember, the Grand Daddy of them all. Two strong-willed QBs in Adam Wallace and Mauk, refusing to “go gentle into that good night.”

There were 13 TDs (including five in the last 6 minutes), 703 passing yards, 90 points, 74 pass attempts, and nearly 1,000 yards of massive destruction.

Kenton coach Mike Mauk said, “We felt i it was going to be a high pace, high tempo game that it would be to our advantage. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to convert some fourth-down plays and keep them out of the endzone.”

Kenton was 4-of-7 on fourth downs and Norwayne was 9-of-15 on third downs.

With just 2:46 left in the game and trailing 42-41, Norwayne’s Wallace marched his team 80 yards in nine plays, capped by a 31-yard TD pass to Kaleb Harris with 31 ticks left. Wallace was as cool as the other side of the pillow, completing three passes for 61 yards to three different receivers. Jon Maibach caught a 16-yarder, Jon Zimmerly hauled down a 14-yarder, and then Harris’s game-winning 31-yarder.

Norwayne coach Joe Harbour stated, “We practice against the spread every day in practice because that’s our offense. We got the idea from coach Mauk because it made sense for our situation.”

The Bobcats opened with a 14-0 lead and Kenton’s high-flying offense was grounded. Norwayne scored on a five-yard run by Wallace and then it was Wallace to Richie Smith for a 23-yard TD pass. Still in the first quarter, Mauk fired back with a 65-yard TD strike to Brice Fackler to slice the lead 14-6 after the two-point conversion failed.

“It was a back and forth game,” Maty Mauk said. “But we didn’t play Kenton football at the start. We were only one or two plays from winning it.”

Not the least bit intimidated by the magnitude of the moment, Wallace struck again. This time a 19-yard TD pass to Maibach to rebuild the lead 21-6. Somewhat dazed, Mauk answered with a 50-yard TD pass to Kieran Fetter right before half to crawl within 21-14 after Mauk ran in the two-point conversion.

Brice Fackler said, “We came out flat to start. In the second half we started making plays. If we had come out better at the start, things might have been different.”

The crowd was oohing and aahing the entire halftime break, trying to figure out what just happened for 24 non-stop minutes.

It gets better.

Three plays into the third quarter, Wallace launched a 62-yard bomb to a streaking and wide-open Harris for a 28-14 lead. Only a Sophomore, Harris caught five passes for 137 yards and two TDs. This kid has D-I prospect written all over him.

Believe it or not, the next two possessions neither team scored. But with 7:23 left in the third quarter, Mauk engineered a quick five-play, 42-yard assault to narrow the lead 28-22 with 1:32 left. Mauk completed 3-of-4 passes for 46 yards. After a penalty, he ran in the two-point conversion.

It gets better.

The fourth quarter arrived and both teams were flying around like their hair was on fire. One would think these boys were playing for a state championship. To make a long game short, both teams lit up the scoreboard for 40 points. It had the pulse and pace of a horse race.

Norwayne looked in command with a 41-28 lead with 4:21 left in the game, but Mauk orchestrated two quick scoring drives to take the lead for the first time of the game 42-41 with still 2:51 remaining. But that lead would prove to be erased by Wallace and Company.

Wallace finished the night with 282 passing yards and four TDs and ran for 140 yards and three more scores. He accounted for 422 of Norwayne’s 495 total yards. Maibach had four catches for 75 yards and one TD. Smith caught two passes for 43 yards and the first quarter score.

Harbour said, “We tried to make Wallace a double threat as a sophomore. Last year he ran and passed for over 1,000 yards. This year, he has taken his passing to a whole different level.”

Mauk bowed out with 421 yards passing and five TDs and 50 yards rushing and one score. The 2011 Ohio Mr. Football finished the season with 7,181 total yards and 92 TDs. He completed 382-of-566 passes for 5,413 yards and 68 TDs, while rushing 241 times for 1,768 yards and 24 TDs. He finished his career with 18,929 passing yards and 219 TD passes.

Norwayne captured its first state title in its first state final appearance and ends the season 14-1 with the most wins in school history.

Kenton has won two state titles and now owns two runners-up finishes. The Wildcats end the season 14-1.

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