D-I State Football Final: Moeller survives shootout with Mentor, wins back-to-back titles

The State Championships have arrived. And the sixth final is over. Saturday afternoon at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium, Cincinnati Moeller captured back-to-back Division I state titles by outlasting Mentor, 55-52, in one of the state’s highest scoring finals ever. In fact, the game was only the second state final in history – regardless of division – to see the teams combine for over 100 points and 1,100 yards. Numerous other offensive records fell and so did Mentor – barely. Here’s what happened and who did what..

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2013 State Football Finals

Division I State Final

Moeller 55

Mentor 52

Boxscore

WHAT WE LEARNED

1. Alone in Second

With its win in the D-I state final, Moeller broke a three-way tie for the second most state titles in state history. Moeller now has nine titles, while Newark Catholic and Youngstown Mooney each have eight. Cleveland St. Ignatius has 11. The back-to-back titles also mark the first time the Crusaders have done that since 1979-80.

2. Gus Ragland and Connor Krizancic are Real, Real Good

The Moeller and Mentor senior QBs were recently named the AP’s D-I Ohio Co-Offensive Players of the Year. They showed why. Ragland accounted for eight TDs, including five in the first half. He finished the game with 189 yards and five TDs on 26 carries and completed 12-of-13 passes for 273 yards and three TDs. Ragland’s five rushing TDs ties the D-I finals record for rushing TDs and total TDs scored. Krizancic rewrote the D-I finals passing record book. He completed a D-I finals record 36 passes and attempted a D-I finals record 55 passes. His 419 passing yards broke the previous D-I finals record of 399 yards set by Elder’s Mark Miller in 2008. Krizancic, who threw for two TDs, also ran for 102 yards and three TDs on 20 carries.

3. Offensive Onslaught

Moeller and Mentor combined to set a bevy of D-I finals records, several of which rank among the state’s best finals performances ever regardless of division.
*Moeller and Mentor set a D-I finals record for combined total yards with 1,140. The old record of 898 was set by St. Ignatius and Moeller in 1989. The teams had 878 yards at the end of the third quarter. The 1,140 combined yards is also the second most in state history regardless of division.
*Moeller broke its own record for most total yards in a D-I game with 550. Thing is, Mentor surpassed that. Despite losing, the Cardinals set the D-I finals record for most yards in a game with 586. The old record of 536 was set by Moeller against Parma Padua Franciscan in 1979.
*Moeller broke the D-I finals record for most points, breaking the old mark of 50 set by Colerain in 2004.
*Moeller and Mentor set a D-I finals record for most combined points with 107. The old record of 71 was set by Mentor and Davidson in 2006
*Moeller broke the D-I finals record with eight TDs.
*Moeller and Mentor combined to set the D-I finals record for most TDs with 14. The old record of 10 was set by Davidson and Mentor in 2006.
*Moeller tied a D-I finals record for points in a quarter with 21 in the second. By the end of the game, Mentor had broken the record with 26 points in the fourth quarter.

4. Third Time Not The Charm

Mentor finished state runner-up for the third time. The Cards were D-I runner-up in 2006 (lost to Hilliard Davidson) and 2007 (lost to Cincinnati St. Xavier).

KEY PLAYERS

*Gus Ragland, sr., QB, Moeller: See Above.
*Isaiah Gentry, sr., WR, Moeller: Caught seven passes for 182 yards and two TDs. His two receiving TDs ties the D-I finals record.
*Sam Hubbard, sr., DB, Moeller: Ohio State commit had 10 tackles and an INT.
*Conner Krizancic, sr., QB, Mentor: See Above.
*Brandon Fritts, sr., WR, Mentor: North Carolina commit caught nine passes for 111 yards.
*Corey Plavcan, sr., WR, Mentor: Caught seven passes for 141 yards and a TD.
*Eddie Daugherty, jr., WR, Mentor: Caught a D-I finals record 18 passes for 164 yards and a D-I finals record-tying two TDs. He also ran for a TD and threw for a TD The old record of 15 receptions was set by Elder’s Tim O’Connor in 2008. Daugherty attempted four passes this year and all four were caught for TDs.
*Justin McMahon, sr., LB, Mentor: Had a team-high 8.5 tackles.
*Christian Wersel, jr., DB, Moeller: Had 10 tackles.
*P.J. Barron, sr., LB, Moeller: Had four tackles, two TFL and a sack.
*Mike Muzic, sr., K, Mentor: Made field goals of 25 and 30 yards to tie the D-I and overall finals record for field goals made in a game.

STATS/NUGGETS/NOTES

*The game was the highest attended of all seven state finals with a crowd of 7,126.
*The teams combined for 49 first downs.
*Moeller averaged 9.2 yards per play. Mentor averaged 7.1.
*Mentor was 9-of-15 on third down conversions and 2-for-2 on fourth down conversions.
*The teams combined to go 12-for-12 on red zone opportunities.

PHOTOS

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Photos by Os Figuero

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