The State Championships have arrived. And the first final is over. Thursday night at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, defending state champion Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary claimed back-to-back titles with a convincing 24-0 win over four-time finalist Trotwood-Madison in the Division III final. Here’s what happened and who did what…
2013 State Football Finals
Division III State Final
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 24
WHAT WE LEARNED
1. SVSM’s Defense is that good
The Irish allowed 30 points in their first four playoff games. They didn’t allow any against Trotwood. Behind a dominating effort fueled by recently named Mr. Football and Ohio State linebacker recruit Dante Booker, SVSM held Trotwood to 111 total yards and five first downs. Trotwood didn’t surpass 100 yards of offense until less than four minutes remained in the game. The Rams were averaging 43 points and 440 yards (including 232 on the ground) per game. SVSM forced five turnovers and held the Rams to 1-yard rushing (on 12 attempts) in the first half and 13 yards rushing for the game. Trotwood was 1-of-13 on third down conversions and only had two drives that lasted more than five plays.
2. Newman Williams loves Title Games
A year after scoring two TDs in the Irish’s 42-21 win over Bellevue in last season’s D-III title game, Williams tacked on two more TDs in the win over the Rams. Coming into the game Williams had five rushing TDs this season. In two state championship games, Williams has carried the ball eight times for 93 yards and four TDs. A standout LB, Williams committed to Akron earlier this week. He added 3.5 tackles.
3. Better Days
Trotwood sophomore QB Messiah DeWeaver will have better performances than the one he had Thursday. A week after throwing six TD passes in the state semis, DeWeaver threw three interceptions against the Irish. The highly respected QB prospect finished the game 9-of-25 for 84 yards.
4. Climbing the Ladder
The state title is SVSM’s sixth overall, which moves them into a six-way tie for fifth most all time. Marion Local, Delphos St. John’s, St. Henry, Benedictine and Versailles each have six football state titles as well.
Newman Williams, sr., LB, SVSM: See Above.
Parris Campbell, sr., RB, SVSM: Ohio State recruit was game’s leading rusher with 58 yards on 18 carries.
Vince Lockett, sr., RB/LB, SVSM: Carried the ball 10 times for 29 yards and a TD. Also had three tackles, a TFL and an INT on defense.
Anthony Adkins, sr., DL, SVSM: Had six tackles and 2.5 TFL.
Travonte Junis, sr., DL, SVSM: Had 3.5 tackles, 1.5 TFL, an INT and two PBUs.
Tyler Glover, sr., LB, Trotwood-Madison: Had six tackles, 4.5 TFL and a sack.
Ryan Reese, sr., DL, Trotwood-Madison: Had six tackles and a TFL.
Kieran Winn, sr., DB, Trotwood-Madison: Had five tackles, a TFL, two PBUs, an INT and a fumble recovery.
*The game featured just 12 pass completions (including three by winning QB Aaron Bushmer)
*The game was just 10-0 with less than 10 seconds to play in the third quarter before Williams’ second TD run closed the third quarter.
*SVSM scored on four of its five trips inside the red zone.
*SVSM won the time of possession battle 28:42-19:18.
*Trotwood was penalized eight times for 76 yards. SVSM was whistled three times for 20 yards.
*SVSM has won 21 straight games.
*Trotwood-Madison’s seniors played in their 59th game Thursday. The Rams have made four straight state finals and are 1-3 in those games.