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

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2013 State Football Final Information

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Division VI State Final: Friday 11 a.m. Canton Fawcett Stadium

Kirtland (14-0/ONG JJH No. 2/AP No. 1) vs Wayne Trace (13-1/ONG JJH No. 8/AP No. 10)



1. Historical Meeting

This game features two of the state’s highest scoring offenses ever. Only eight teams in state history have scored 700 points or more and two are in this game. Both got there in very different ways. Kirtland, running the Wing-T, has scored 741 points this season. Wayne Trace, employing a five-wide spread, has scored 710. “It’s hard to gauge and compare teams from opposite sides of the state, but I know they’ve won every playoff game by over 30 points,” Kirtland head coach Tiger LaVerde said. “I think it’s going to be a great match up. It’s such a contrast of styles. They like to go five wide. We like to line up with two TEs and a full backfield.” Said Wayne Trace head coach Bill Speller: “(Kirtland doesn’t) run a whole lot of plays and they don’t do a lot of tricky stuff. They just do a lot of things right.”

2. Neither Team Has Been Tested Much

Throw out last week’s 10-7 last second win over Columbus Ready in the state semis and Kirtland’s closest margin of victory was 28 points this year. Throw out Wayne Trace’s 27-16 loss to Defiance Tinora in Week 8 and the Raiders have only had one game decided by less than 20 points. Both defenses are more than capable. Kirtland has allowed 118 points. Wayne Trace has allowed 182.

3. Redemption

Both schools have a lot to play for after falling short last year. Wayne Trace’s drive, however, differs a little from Kirtland’s. “We went 9-1 last year and we were the only 9-1 team not to make the playoffs,” Speller said. “We returned nine starters on defense and 11 on offense so we really felt like there was a possibility to make some noise in the playoffs. We’ve worked very hard to make this a reality.” Kirtland is 43-1 the last three years. The lone loss? 10-9 to Coldwater in last year’s D-V state final. Said LaVerde: ‘This isn’t the time to enjoy anything right now.” Unfinished business.



Ryan Loncar, sr., Kirtland, DB
Sam Kukura, sr., Kirtland, RB/LB
Matthew Finkler, jr., Kirtland, LB
Colby Speice, sr., QB, Wayne Trace
Adam Hess, jr., RB, Kirtland
Sam Skiljan, jr., QB, Kirtland
Korbin Showalter, sr., WR, Wayne Trace


Eric Frantz Pick: Kirtland
Drew Pasteur Pick: Kirtland by 9
Cal Preps: Kirtland by 4


Eastlake North W, 62-7
Orwell Grand Valley W, 61-14
Ashtabula Edgewood W, 62-7
Newbury W, 56-0
Cuyahoga Heights W, 41-14
Middlefield Cardinal W, 63-20
Fairport Harding W, 66-0
Burton Berkshire W, 54-0
Beachwood W, 52-12
Independence W, 63-9
McDonald W, 57-0
Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas W, 49-21
Mogadore W, 45-7
State Semifinal
Columbus Bishop Ready W, 10-7

Paulding W, 61-20
Tontogany Otsego W, 65-0
Convoy Crestview W, 54-41
Defiance Ayersville W, 40-6
Holgate W, 80-0
Edgerton W, 45-0
Hicksville W, 43-7
Defiance Tinora L, 16-27
Antwerp W, 64-16
Sherwood Fairview W, 26-6
Regional Results
North Robinson Colonel Crawford W, 52-28
Defiance Tinora W, 40-7
Ada W, 68-14
State Semifinal
Mechanicsburg W, 57-10




2 thoughts on “D-VI State Football Final Preview: Keys, Notes, Quotes, Top Players & Predictions

  1. wesmess73

    Wayne Trace has enjoyed a good run this year , but now they will be taking on the big boy of this division. Kirkland will win this one.


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