D-V State Football Final Preview: Keys, Notes, Quotes, Top Players & Predictions

The State Championships have arrived. Whether you’re headed to Stark County or headed to the couch to watch on TV, here’s what you need to know...D-V’s Top Players, Quotes, Notes, Predictions, Stats & More.

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2013 State Football Final Information

Division V Preview

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Division V State Final: Saturday, 11 a.m., Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

Columbus Hartley (13-1/ONG JJH No. 1/AP No 4) vs Coldwater (12-2/ONG JJH No. 4/AP No. 6)

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KEYS/NOTES/QUOTES

1. Superman

In some circles of Mercer County, people think Brody Hoying has a chance to be the best football player Coldwater’s ever produced. That’s a bold statement, but one that could be accurate. The first cousin of former Ohio State greats Bobby Hoying (St. Henry) and Ross and Adam Homan (Coldwater), Hoying was recently named the MAC and All-Northwest District D-V Offensive Player of the Year. He’s rushed for 1,713 yards and 30 TDs and thrown for 1,820 yards and 21 TDs. Hoying was also a first team All-MAC selection at DB. Said Hartley head coach Brad Burchfield: “I could be funny and cute, but the most sincere thing I can say about him is that he’s the best player we’ve played since we faced Kenton and Maty Mauk. He’s similar to that make up in that everything they do runs through him. There’s like there’s two of him on the field. This game will be won or lost on how we defend him and how he performs.” Said Coldwater head coach Chip Otten: “I wouldn’t trade him for anyone. I don’t care who it is in the state. He’s got all the skills. He’s got the genetics and attitude. He’s just a great player.”

2. Rematch Mentality

By now we know that Hartley and Coldwater played in Week 2. The outcome? A 41-16 Cavalier win. Of Hartley’s nine turnovers this year, three were in that game. They led to 21 Coldwater points. “We felt like we didn’t play our best but they had a lot to do with that,” Burchfield said. “There will be much made of the first game and it’s very valuable to both teams. But we’re both here for a reason and we’re both going to play the styles we play. I’m not sure much will change. The personality of the game will be different. We certainly didn’t play well enough to beat them the first time. And that’s been a point of motivation. We feel pretty good about how they’re going to line up.” Said Otten: “We’re looking forward to the challenge. Everyone knows we played them the second game of the season and without beating them we wouldn’t be in the playoffs. That’s the game that got us believing that maybe we could be a pretty good football team. It was a heck of a battle and we expect the same this week.”

3. Unfinished Business

Both these teams expect to play for state championships. Coldwater is playing in its fifth state championship game in a row and ninth overall. The Cavs are 3-5 in their previous eight appearances. Coldwater is also riding the state’s longest current consecutive playoff streak – 18 years. “We’re really proud of this team especially,” said Otten. “Last year we had 23 seniors and felt we should be here. This year with basically three and half starters coming back word around town and around the league was that this was going to be the team that breaks the (playoff) streak. These guys really bought in and have played hard and played well. They’ve gotten better each week.” Hartley, the 2010 D-IV state champion, was “upset” and shocked last year in the state semifinals by Clinton-Massie. The Hawks were a favorite for the title. A shot at redemption is days away. “We’re not overly surprised to be here,” Burchfield said. “None the less, we’re appreciative of it.”

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TOP PLAYERS

Brody Hoying, jr., QB/DB, Coldwater
Adam Klosterman, sr., WR/DB, Coldwater
Mitch Schoenherr, sr., LB/RB, Coldwater
Andrew Schwierterman, sr., DL, Coldwater
Alonzo Saxton, sr., DB, Hartley (Duke)
Jared Brandewie, sr., QB, Hartley
Sam MacKowiak, sr., RB, Hartley
Kalil Morris, sr., DL, Hartley
Jacob Mercier, sr., WR/DB, Hartley

PREDICTIONS

Eric Frantz Pick: Hartley
Drew Pasteur Pick: Hartley by 2
Cal Preps: Coldwater by 9

SEASON RESULTS

COLDWATER RESULTS
Kenton L, 2-22
Columbus Bishop Hartley W, 41-16
Versailles W, 31-0
Delphos St. John’s W, 41-6
Minster W, 35-13
St. Henry W, 35-6
Anna W, 43-7
Maria Stein Marion Local L, 14-47
Parkway W, 48-6
Fort Recovery W, 42-14
Regionals
Pemberville Eastwood W, 42-16
Doylestown Chippewa W, 49-21
Huron W, 60-13
State Semifinal
West Jefferson W, 35-10

COLUMBUS HARTLEY RESULTS
Amanda-Clearcreek W, 38-6
Coldwater L, 16-41
Columbus Marion-Franklin W, 28-14
Columbus St. Charles W, 20-7
Pittsburgh Perry, PA W, 62-7
Columbus Bishop Watterson W, 35-14
Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, IN W, 49-27
Ironton W, 54-0
Cincinnati Withrow W, 42-16
Columbus Bishop Ready W, 21-14
Regionals
Chillicothe Zane Trace W, 64-7
Baltimore Liberty Union W, 14-7
Wheelersburg W, 42-20
State Semifinal
Akron Manchester W, 49-22

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