D-V State Football Final: Coldwater defends title in fifth straight final appearance

The State Championships have arrived. And the fifth final is over. Saturday afternoon at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Coldwater defended it’s Division V state title with a 24-7 win over Columbus Hartley. Coldwater also beat Hartley in Week 2. Here’s what happened and who did what in the rematch
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2013 State Football Finals

Division V State Final

Coldwater 24

Columbus Hartley 7

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WHAT WE LEARNED

1. The MAC is Ohio’s best football conference

If you didn’t know that already, wake up. Coldwater’s state title was the conference’s 29th in football and 106th overall. Tonight the conference can add Nos. 30 and 107 with Marion Local facing Trimble in the D-VII final. Said Hartley head coach Brad Burchfield: “If you don’t understand what those schools do you don’t understand or appreciate Ohio high school football.”

2. Public Power

Coldwater’s win assured that public schools would at least split against paraochial competition in the state finals. The Cavaliers win gives public schools a 2-1 edge with just the D-I meeting between Moeller and Mentor remaining. Arkon SVSM beat Trotwood-Madison in D-III, while Clinton-Massie beat Youngstown Mooney in D-IV.

3. Brody Hoying is a Man

Coldwater became the first school in state history to play in 75 games in five years under the current playoff format and they could make it 90 in six next year. Why? Hoying is back. The junior QB ran for 145 yards and three TDs on 24 carries and completed 7-of-12 passes for 83 yards. Hoying, the first cousin of Bobby Hoying and Ross and Adam Homan, was recently named the AP’s D-V Ohio Offensive Player of the Year. Hoying finished the season with 1,858 yards rushing and 33 TDs and 1,903 yards passing and 21 TDs. Said Coldwater head coach Chip Otten: “Brody makes it go. Relatively speaking he’s like a Braxton Miller at Ohio State. He can make plays out of plays that shouldn’t go anywhere.”

4. Red Zone Issues

Hartley ventured inside the Coldwater 30-yardline five times and came away with just seven points. Three times the Cavaliers stopped the Hawks on fourth down and ended another drive with an interception. For the game Hartley was 3-of-7 on fourth down conversions and 6-of-14 on third down conversions. Coldwater was 1-of-1 and 3-of-7 respectively. Said Burchfield: “Every yard was a battle.” Added Otten: “We run to the ball pretty relentlessly when we know where it’s going.” Coldwater was 3-of-4 on red zone possessions.

5. Number 4

Coldwater improved to 4-5 in state title games and becomes just the 12th school in state history to own at least four state titles. Youngstown Ursuline also owns four. Of the state’s top 12 programs in regards to overall state titles, almost half are from the MAC. Marion Local, St. Henry, Versailles and Delphos St. John’s each own six state titles. In regards to public schools only, Coldwater is second in overall state titles behind ML, Versailles and St. Henry.

6. These two will meet again

After playing twice this year, Coldwater and Hartley are scheduled to meet in Week 2 next season. Rivalry anyone?

7. “Reload to Repeat”

Coldwater players played with several mantras this season, but one was “Reload to Repeat.” After graduating 23 seniors from last year’s title team and returning just three starters, the Cavaliers were expected to see their string of consecutive playoff appearances end at 17. Instead they ran it to 18 and added a state title. 

KEY PLAYERS

*Alonzo Saxton, sr., DB, Hartley: Duke commit had a huge game. In addition to registering a team-high nine tackles, Saxton ran for 75 yards, threw a pass for 30 yards and caught a pass for 15 yards.
*Sam Mackowiak, sr., RB, Hartley: Had 20 carries for 58 yards and caught two passes for 17.
*Jared Brandewie, sr., QB, Hartley: Ran for 23 yards and a TD on 15 carries.
*Brody Hoying, jr., QB/DB, Coldwater: See Above.
*Mitch Schoenherr, sr., LB/RB, Coldwater: Had a team-high 16 tackles, including 13 solo. Also ran for 45 yards on nine carries and caught four passes for 53 yards.
*Mitch Fullenkamp, jr., DL/OL, Coldwater: Dominated up front with nine tackles, two TFL, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

STATS/NUGGETS/NOTES

*Hartley is now 2-2 in state title games.
*Hartley first possession of the game lasted 6:15 and produced no points. Coldwater’s first possession of the game lasted :23.
*Hartley outgained Coldwater 278-273 in total yards.
*Hartley had one penalty. Coldwater had three. Each was five yards.
*Hartley did not punt.

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