The State Championships have arrived. And the fourth final is over. Friday night in a snowstorm at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium, Loveland won its first football title in history and denied Glenville its with a 41-23 win in the D-II state championship. Loveland was dominant – and better than expected. Here’s what happened and who did what..
2013 State Football Finals
Division II State Final
WHAT WE LEARNED
1. Loveland is better than we thought
Zanesville, Mt. Healthy and Winton Woods all feel a lot better about themselves right now. The Tigers, who led 34-0 at halftime, scored TDs on five of their first seven drives (other two ended in fumbles). Regardless of the weather conditions (snowstorm) Loveland’s performance and dominance was impressive and legit. The Tigers led 41-7 in the third quarter.
2. Loveland’s defense is for real
The Tigers entered the contest having allowed just 140 points all season and with four shutouts. Against Glenville the Loveland D forced seven turnovers, including five in the first half that led to 34 points. The Tarblooders were just the third team this year to score more than 15 points on Loveland.
3. Loveland might be back
How about these stat lines? 5-for-5 passing for 66 yards and two TDs and 19 carries for 175 yards and a TD (66 yard run). Those were turned in by Loveland sophomore QB Drew Pitt and freshman RB Luke Waddell. We forgot to mention that the Tigers lost junior RB Nate Slagel to a knee injury in Week 7. At the time of his injury, Slagel had rushed for 1,340 yards and 18 TDs. He was recently named the Southwest District D-II Offensive Player of the Year. Yeah, he’ll be back too.
4. The City of Cleveland is still without a state title
No public high school program from Cleveland (Senate League) has won a state football title. Glenville was vying to be the first. The Tarblooders also finished state runner-up in 2009.
5. Three 1,000-yard rushers
That’s what Loveland ends the season with. In addition to Slagel (mentioned above), Waddell capped his freshman season with a school single-season record 1,585 yards. The old mark of 1,358 was set in 1966 by Jack McCoy. Senior RB Gunner Gambill ran for 115 yards and two TDs on 24 carries against Glenville to end the season with 1,044 yards.
6. Record Performance
Glenville had 412 yards of offense and Loveland had 406 (340 rushing). The 818 yards tied the D-II finals record for most combined yardage. Trotwood-Madison and Avon also combined for 818 yards in the 2011 final.
7. Record Performance II
Loveland’s 27-second quarter points broke the D-II finals record for most points in a quarter. The old record of 22 was set by Youngstown Mooney in 1980.
*Drew Pitt, so., QB, Loveland: See above.
*Luke Waddell, fr., RB, Loveland: See above.
*Gunner Gambill, sr., RB, Loveland: See above.
*Darren Sackett, sr., LB, Loveland: Had 8.5 tackles and a TFL.
*Max Mather, sr., DB, Loveland: Had seen tackles and an INT.
*Charlie Lawler, sr., DE, Loveland: Had 5.5 tackles, two TFL and a sack.
*Quan Robinson, sr., QB, Glenville: Completed 10-of-28 passes for 203 yards and a TD. Also ran 18 times for 59 yards and a TD.
*Davon Anderson, sr., RB, Glenville: Carried the ball 19 times for 74 yards and a TD.
*Devine Redding, sr., RB, Glenville: Ran eight times for 76 yards and caught three passes for 44 yards.
*Marshon Lattimore, sr., DB/WR, Glenville: Caught three passes for 83 yards and a TD.
*Erick Smith, sr., DB/WR, Glenville: Had 10.5 tackles and caught four passes for 76 yards.
*Justice Hart, jr., LB, Glenville: Had a game-high 11.5 tackles.
*Glenville was penalized nine times for 85 yards.
*Both teams had 21 first downs.
*Glenville ran 73 offensive plays.
Photo by Gary Housteau/JJHuddle & Bucknuts