The fourth weekend of the Ohio High School Football Playoffs has wrapped
and so has the season for 6 more teams. Shockers?
Yep? Final Scores? Yep. State Berths punched? Yep...It’s all here. WHO is headed to STATE?
Saturday Night Scores: State Semifinals
Cincinnati Moeller 26, Pickerington North 21
Toledo Whitmer 62, Mentor 34
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 48, Dover 13
Bellevue 34, Dayton Thurgood Marshall 33
Coldwater 38, Liberty-Benton 0
Kirtland 41, Liberty Union 7
What We Learned: Last Three State Finals Set
Division I State Final
Toledo Whitmer (14-0) vs Cincinnati Moeller (11-3)
Saturday, 7 p.m. at Canton Fawcett Stadium
Of Note: Whitmer is trying to become the SECOND Toledo team to win a D-I football title. Toledo St. Francis won the 1984 D-I title and added a D-II title in 2001.
What We Learned: A team did score 60 points in the D-I semis and it wasn’t Mentor. Despite scoring 120 points in back-to-back wins over St. Ignatius and St. Edward, Mentor failed to reach its third state final, losing 62-34 to Toledo Whitmer. Whitmer, making its third straight state semifinal appearance, broke through for its first state final berth. The Panthers will face Moeller who paved its way to the state final for the first time since 1997 with a 26-21 win over Pickerington North. Despite owning seven state titles, the Crusaders haven’t won a championship since 1985. This is Moe’s 12th state final.
Division III State Final
Bellevue (13-1) vs Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (12-2)
Saturday, 11 a.m. at Canton Fawcett Stadium
Of Note: There are 11 schools in state history with four or more state titles – Akron SVSM is one.
What We Learned: Bellevue can rally. The Redmen trailed Thurgood Marshall 33-20 in the fourth quarter but scored consecutive TDs to escape with a 34-33 win. The victory evened Bellevue’s playoff record at 13-13. Akron SVSM rolled Dover 48-13 to earn their sixth finals berth and first since 1988. The Irish are 4-1 in their previous five state finals.
Division V State Final
Coldwater (14-0) vs Kirtland (14-0)
Saturday, 3 p.m. @ Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
Of Note: The Cavaliers and Hornets have combined to play 88 games the last three years.
What We Learned: We’ve got a rematch. Last year Kirtland beat Coldwater 28-7 in the D-V final to claim its first state championship. The Hornets, No. 2 in the final Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Power Poll, enter the rematch riding a 29-game win streak and powered by senior RB Damon Washington (three TDs against Liberty Union in state semis). Coldwater, No. 1 all season, is powered by a senior class that’s playing in its 60th high school football game and fourth straight state final. The Cavs are in their 8th state final overall and looking for their 3rd title.