D-III 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-III’s Top Players, Quotes, Notes, Predictions, Stats & More.

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2013 State Football Final Information

Division III Preview

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Division III State Final: Thursday 7 p.m. Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (14-0/ONG JJH No. 2/AP No. 1) vs Trotwood-Madison (11-2/ONG JJH No. 5/AP NR)

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KEYS/QUOTES/NOTES

1. The Big Play

Who will make it and how many? And what can the defenses do to stop it. Akron SVSM averages 40.5 points per game. Trotwood averages 39.4. Akron SVSM has allowed 30 points in the playoffs. Trotwod has surrendered 28. “The only people we can really compare them to is our offense,” Trotwood-Madison head coach Maurice Douglass said. “They look a lot like we do. They are a lot like Trotwood-Madison.” Said Akron SVSM head coach Dan Boarman: “Trotwood-Madison is probably the best team we’ve played all year. They’re big, athletic and their offense scares me a little bit. They are very explosive. They also have a very athletic defense that blends real well.” Both teams are remarkably similar – and stacked. “Our defense has been extremely dominant, especially here in the playoffs,” Boarman said. “Probably the best word to describe our offense is we make the big play. (That being said) We have to stop the big play. We have to make them drive the ball on us.”

2. 59 Games, LeBron James and DBU

Last season Coldwater’s senior class became the first graduating class in state history to play 60 high school games in its career. This year’s Coldwater senior class matched that feat – and Trotwood’s almost did. If not for a bye in Week 3 this season, Trotwood’s senior class would have played 60 games. Instead they’ve played 59 and in four straight state finals. Part of that success can be chalked up to Douglass’s pedigree and ability to bring in coaches with professional playing experience. In addition to its head coach, the Rams employee two additional NFL vets on their coaching staff in Jeff Graham (former Bears WR) and Alvin Hill (former Lions DB). Because of Hill and Douglass’s past as defensive backs and Trotwood’s overwhelming ability to pump out prospects at that position, Douglass has tabbed his program “DBU.” Said the coach in a rhythmic tone: “This is what we do…We are DBU.” We’re all well aware of SVSM’s most famous professional sports alumn. He plays for the Heat. “I wish I could have some of that Bron-Bron money coming in because (SVSM has) some players out there,” Douglass joked. “They have a really talented group of kids. They are loaded.”

3. Parris and Messiah

Both teams feature key offensive contributors at different stages of their careers. SVSM rallies around senior RB and Ohio State commit Parris Campbell, while Trotwood’s focal point is sophomore QB Messiah DeWeaver. Campbell has carried the ball 167 times for 1,586 yards and 22 TDs. He is just 30 yards shy of becoming the school’s single-season rushing record holder. “He’s fast,” Boarmen joked. “But really, to be honest, he’s become a much more physical runner this year. He has good peripheral vision. He knows where to make the big cut.” Weaver knows where to slice defenses too. The sophomore has earned and been given the “luxury” of calling the Rams plays at the line. According to Douglass, DeWeaver has 2-3 options each snap. “Messiah is a special kid,” Douglass said. “From his namesake all the way through. He’s a stickler for doing things other kids don’t want to do. “ Weaver threw for six TDs in the state semifinals last week. On the season he’s thrown for 2,181 yards and 21 TDs. He holds an offer from Louisville.

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TOP PLAYERS

Messiah DeWeaver, so., QB, Trotwood-Madison
Marc Raye-Redmond, sr., RB, Trotwood-Madison (Brown)
Ryan Reese, sr., DL/OL, Trotwood-Madison
Kei Beckham, jr., DB, Trotwood-Madison
Kendric Mallory, sr., WR, Trotwood-Madison
Verdonte Wilkinson, sr., DL, Trotwood-Madison
Clem Vinegar, sr., OL, Trotwood-Madison (Brown)
Parris Campbell, sr., RB/DB, Akron SVSM (Ohio State)
Dante Booker, sr., LB, Akron SVSM (Ohio State)
Vince Lockett, jr., RB, Akron SVSM
Newman Williams, sr., LB/RB, Arkon SVSM (Akron)
Travonte Junius, sr., ATH, Akron SVSM (Akron)

PREDICTIONS

Eric Frantz Pick: Akron SVSM
Drew Pasteur Pick: Akron SVSM by 9
Cal Preps: Akron SVSM by 9

SEASON RESULTS

TROTWOOD-MADISON RESULTS
Springfield L, 0-1 (Forfeit)
Huber Heights Wayne L, 21-35
Kettering Fairmont W, 22-6
West Carrollton W, 67-19
Piqua W, 69-34
Greenville W, 47-7
Troy W, 72-6
Sidney W, 48-13
Vandalia Butler W, 41-6
Regionals
Franklin W, 42-7
Springfield Shawnee W, 44-7
Tipp City Tippecanoe W, 25-7
State Semifinal
Clyde W, 54-7

AKRON SVSM RESULTS
Akron Garfield W, 63-0
Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit W, 35-20
PeninsulaWoodridge W, 49-12
Youngstown Cardinal Mooney W, 25-0
Akron Archbishop Hoban W, 41-6
Canal Fulton Northwest W, 61-7
Dayton Thurgood Marshall W, 41-12
Barberton W, 41-0
Massillon Washington W, 28-23
Youngstown Ursuline W, 40-7
Regionals
Chagrin Falls Kenston W, 52-7
Poland Seminary W, 35-7
Hubbard W, 40-7
State Semifinal
Columbus Marion-Franklin W, 17-9

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