The fourth weekend of the Ohio High School Football Playoffs is underway
and 6 more teams bowed out Friday. Shockers?
Yep? Final Scores? Yep. State Berths punched? Yep...It’s all here. WHO is headed to STATE?
Friday Night Scores: State Semifinals
Trotwood-Madison 33, New Albany 32
Toledo Central Catholic 20, Aurora 13
Clinton-Massie 45, Hartley 21
St. Clairsville 40, Norwayne 27
Marion Local 35, McComb 28 3OT
Newark Catholic 38, Mogadore 21
What We Learned: Three State Finals Set
Division II State Final
Trotwood-Madison (12-2) vs Toledo Central Catholic (13-1)
Friday, 7 p.m. @ Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
Of Note: Trotwood-Madison was No. 1 and Toledo Central Catholic No. 2 in the Ohio National Guard JJHuddle D-I Preseason Power Poll.
What We Learned: Trotwood-Madison is right where we thought they’d be before the season began, although the route was a little bumpier than expected. The Rams survived New Albany 33-32 in the state semis and will tangle with Toledo Central Catholic, a 20-13 winner over Aurora, in the state championship. Trotwood was led by senior RB Isreal Green who ran for a season-high 220 yards yards and three TDs. Green needs 268 yards to reach 2,000 for a second consecutive season. Out of the question? Consider…in last years state final , Green an for a D-II finals record 327 yards and an all-divisions record six TDs. TCC is led by its own standout RB in senior Amir Edwards, who scored all three TDs Friday – including two in the fourth quarter as the Irish rallied from a 13-7 deficit. TCC is in the state final for the first time since winning it all in 2005.
Division IV State Final
Clinton Massie (14-0) vs St. Clairsville (14-0)
Friday, 3 p.m. at Canton Fawcett Stadium
Of Note: There will be a first-time state champion with two first-time finalists. Teams have combined for 1,453 points this season.
What We Learned: You can’t commit five turnovers against anyone and expect to win. When you do it against the state’s top scoring team ever – you have no chance. Ask Hartley. Ranked No. 1 in the National Guard JJHuddle Power Poll all season long, Hartley jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead before an avalanche of turnovers (four fumbles and an interception) led to an avalanche of scores for the Falcons who entered the game needing just a point to become the state’s all-time single-season scoring leader. Massie scored 45. The Falcons exploded for 24 second quarter points feuled by three Hartley fumbles to take a 24-14 halftime lead en route to their first state final. The Falcons now have 776 points and are looking to become the first Ohio HS football team in history to score 800 points. Junior RB Bayle Wolfe scored five TDs giving him 37 for the season. St. Clairsville scored it’s first trip to Canton with a 40-27 win over defending state champion Norwayne. Senior WR Dan Monteroso (Boston College commit) put on a show with 10 receptions for 266 yards and two TDs. He also had a sack and interception on defense. St. Clairsville has scored 677 points this season, which currently ranks No. 6 all-time. Ironically, Norwayne finishes No. 5 all-time with 707 points.
Division VI State Final
Marion Local (12-2) vs Newark Catholic (12-2)
Friday, 11 a.m. @ Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
Of Note: These two teams have combined for 21 state finals appearances and 13 state titles.
What We Learned: Heading into the 2012 season, the Flyers and Green Wave had played in 19 state finals and had 13 state titles. They’d never played each other for the championship, though…until now. Marion Local beat McComb 34-28 in triple OT, while Newark Catholic beat Mogadore 38-21. Marion, the defending state champ, opened up a 21-0 lead thanks in part to an interception return for a TD and a TD pass from junior QB/DB Adam Bertke, but then had to rally. Sophomore RB Jacy Goettemoller was clutch, scoring three TDs, including the game-winner. Newark Catholic beat Mogadore in the 10th meeting between the schools thanks in part to two dynamic players in junior QB/DB Chayce Crouch and senior RB/DB Kevin Bourne. Crouch threw for 190 yards and two TDs, ran for 51 yards and a TD and kicked a 36-yard field goal. Bourne scored three TDs, had 84 yards receiving and 48 yards rushing. Going to be good one.