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

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2013 State Football Final Information

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Division II State Final: Friday 7 p.m. Canton Fawcett Stadium

Loveland (14-0/ONG JJH No. 3/AP No. 2) vs Glenville (13-1/ONG JJH No. 1/AP NO. 5)

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KEYS/QUOTES/NOTES

1. Cincinnati vs Cleveland

This is one of those rare state title games (not in D-I) that features Hamilton County vs Cuyahoga County. Coincidently, it features contrasting styles. Loveland, led by a sophomore QB and a freshman as its leading rusher, runs the Wing-T. The run-based offense that the Tigers consider the “equalizer” has produced two 1,000-yard rushers and another back with over 900 yards. Glenville features a balanced offense whose depth is flexed by a back-up running back headed to Indiana and whose explosiveness includes a receiving corps that features prospects with offers from Ohio State and Alabama. Athleticism anyone? “In a sense I think our schedule has prepared us for this game,” Loveland coach Fred Cranford said. “Having played the speed and talent of Winton Woods and the speed and talent of Mt. Healthy and Northwest, this won’t be anything new to us. It doesn’t matter if you’re located in Cincinnati or Cleveland – speed is speed. A 4.4 40 is the same in both places.” Continued Cranford, “I think it’s our responsibility to force Glenville’s hand. We need to make them be football players, not athletes and force assignment football. They’re going to make plays but you have to eliminate as many as you can. Bend don’t break. Offensively it’s simple. Can we control the ball, slow the game down and force them to play assignment football, again, forcing them to be football players and not athletes. It would be to our advantage to do that.” This is Glenville’s first game against a Cincinnati team since playing Anderson in 2010. It isn’t because of want. When asked if he has tried to schedule Cincinnati teams since, Glenville head coach Ted Ginn was blunt. “Yeah, no one wants to play us,” Ginn said. “We’ll play whoever we can.”

2. History

Someone is going to make it. Neither of these teams own a state title in football. In fact, no Cleveland public city school owns a state title, so Glenville is playing for that as well. The Tarblooders were state runner-up in 2009. “It would be a huge accomplishment,” Ginn said. “Naturally you want to win, but you want to win for your community. It would mean everything. We’d be the first team to ever win a state title from the city of Cleveland so that would mean everything not only to the program but to the community and district. Our purpose is always to be an example of hope for our community and for the young folks that are looking at (these players) and want to be like them. We have to be mindful of how we got where we’re at.” Loveland is appreciative as well. Said Cranford: “You’re going to see a community shut down for sure and make the trip to Canton.”

3. Marshon, Marshon, Marshon

The game will be littered with talent and athletes. It’ll also be sprinkled with a little “elite.” Enter Glenville senior Marshon Lattimore. The DB/WR is Ohio’s top uncommitted prospect and one of the country’s best yet to pledge. Last week in the state semifinals he had four TD receptions against Medina Highland. Lattimore has over 20 scholarship offers including Michigan State. Michigan, Penn State, Tennessee and UCLA. His short list includes Ohio State, Alabama, Oregon and USC. “He’s an elite guy. In high school they don’t come along often like that,” Ginn said. “He’s a hell of a athlete, a good kid and a good student. Athletically he’s in the top 5 that I’ve ever seen in my life. You don’t find them like that too often. He’s a special guy. One of a kind.” Lattimore is among six finalists for the U.S. Army National High School Player of the Year award. He leads Glenville in receptions (36), receiving yards (828) and TDs (15).

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TOP PLAYERS

Marshon Lattimore, sr., WR/DB, Glenville
Erick Smith, sr., WR/DB, Glenville
Davon Anderson, sr., RB, Glenville
Devine Redding, sr., RB, Glenville (Indiana)
Quan Robinson, sr., QB, Glenville
Marcelys Jones, sr., OL, Glenville (Ohio State)
Luke Waddell, fr., RB, Loveland
Gunner Gambill, sr., RB, Loveland
Drew Pitt, so., QB, Loveland
Brian Popp, sr., LB, Loveland
Charlie Lawler, sr., DL, Loveland

PREDICTIONS

EF Pick: Glenville
Drew Pasteur Pick: Glenville by 3
Cal Preps: Loveland by 10

SEASON RESULTS

GLENVILLE RESULTS
Lakewood St. Edward L, 24-40
Solon W, 15-14
Cleveland Heights W, 32-13
Cleveland Rhodes W, 34-0
Cleveland John F. Kennedy W, 53-7
Cleveland John Adams W, 48-0
Cleveland John Marshall W, 56-0
Cleveland Collinwood W, 62-0
Cleveland East Technical W, 40-0
Cleveland John Hay W, 49-24
Regionals
Lyndhurst Brush W, 35-0
Bedford W, 26-12
Madison W, 40-7
State Semifinal
Medina Highland W, 41-13

LOVELAND RESULTS
Vandalia Butler W, 35-6
Lebanon W, 49-7
Cincinnati Oak Hills W, 35-7
Cincinnati Glen Este W, 44-14
Kings Mills Kings W, 49-0
Cincinnati Anderson W, 45-12
Cincinnati Winton Woods W, 7-6
Cincinnati Walnut Hills W, 63-15
Cincinnati Turpin W, 42-0
Milford W, 46-0
Regionals
Vandalia Butler W, 54-0
Cincinnati Northwest W, 45-14
Cincinnati Mt. Healthy W, 35-28
State Semifinal
Zanesville (2 ot) W, 38-35

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