MaxPreps Special: 41st Ohio State Football Finals…10 Things To Watch

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The 41st annual Ohio High School Athletic Association Football Finals
will be held Friday and Saturday in fabled Stark County. The venues?
Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium and Canton’s Fawcett Stadium. The
storylines? Just as impressive…


The 41st annual Ohio High School Athletic Association Football Finals
will be held Friday and Saturday in fabled Stark County. The venues?
Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium and Canton’s Fawcett Stadium. The
storylines? Just as impressive…

1. Moe Turns 50
Moeller is celebrating “50 Years of Moeller Football” and are one step away from capping it with the program’s 8th state title.

2. Holy Toledo
A week ago Whitmer (Toledo) was a relative unknown. This week the Panthers are No. 6 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 and No. 1 in the Freeman Rankings.

3. Four for Four
Coldwater
is playing in its fourth straight D-V championship and its seniors are
playing in their 60th high school game. The Cavs are 0-3 in the previous
three finals.

4. Rare Repeat
Coldwater’s opponent in the D-V final is defending state champion Kirtland, which beat the Cavs 28-7 to cap a 15-0 season last year. Kirtland has won 29 straight games.

5. High Flying Falcons
Clinton-Massie (Clarksville)
can score. In advancing to the D-IV final, the Falcons have set an Ohio
record for single-season points by a team with 776 and are on the cusp
of becoming the first team in state history to score 800 points.

6. Big-Time Small School Clash
In Ohio’s smallest classification — D-VI — two titans tangle for the title. Marion Local (Maria Stein) and Newark Catholic have combined for 21 state championship appearances and 13 state titles. They’ve never played each other in a championship game.

7. Back-to-Back-to-Back
Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood) is making its third straight appearance in the D-II final and looking for its second straight championship.

8. Irish Eye Title
Notre Dame isn’t the only Irish making a return to the championship game after a lengthy drought. St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron) is 4-1 in five previous state finals, but the Irish are playing in their first title game since 1988.

9. Final Six Pack
This is the final season in which the OHSAA will award football titles
in six divisions. Next season there will be seven trophies handed out.

10. End Zone
Two athletic conferences have two teams playing for state championships…Four of the six Ohio finals (D-I, II, III and VI) feature a
public school versus a private school match-up…The
OHSAA state football finals have been held in Stark County since 1990.
In 2014 the games move to Columbus and will be held at Ohio Stadium —
home to The Ohio State University.

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