D-VII State Football Final: Marion Local wins title No. 7

The State Championships have concluded. The seventh (and final) final is over. Saturday night at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Marion Local became the state’s most successful public school program by winning its seventh state title with a 33-0 shutout win over Trimble in the inaugural D-VII state final. Here’s what happened and who did what


2013 State Football Finals

Division VII State Final

Marion Local 33

Trimble 0



1. MACnificent

You want amazing. How about this…For the 10th time in 11 years, the Midwest Athletic Conference had two teams playing in state finals. For the fourth time over that span both teams won. Ridiculous. Hours after Coldwater claimed the D-V title, Marion Local won in D-VII. That gives the MAC a record 30 state titles in football and 107 overall. Earlier this fall the MAC won two state volleyball titles thanks to Versailles (D-III) and Marion Local (D-IV). All told, since 2002, the last time a MAC team didn’t appear in a state football final, the MAC has won 15 championships (averaging more than one a season).

2. Marion Local is the Best Public School Program – Ever

Since the inception of the state playoff system in 1972, three public schools had won six state titles. Now one has claimed seven. With its win, Marion Local stands alone as the most successful public school program. Versailles and St. Henry each have six. Marion Local has also won state titles now in three different divisions: D-V, VI and VII. Massillon Washington, the school’s field on which Marion claimed its most recent championship, claims 22 state titles, but none have been won during the tournament-era.

3. Marion Local doesn’t need much time to score

The Flyers went 71 yards in 41 seconds at the end of the first half and scored on a 2-yard run by QB Adam Bertke with two seconds left in the second quarter to go up 13-0. In the third quarter Marion added scoring drives of nine and 57 seconds. Each was set up by interception returns to the Trimble 11- and 24-yardlines, respectively.

4. Terrible for Trimble

That would be the third quarter. Trailing just 13-0 at half, the Tomcats had less yards (15) than Marion Local had points (20) in the third quarter.

5. Trimble’s Defense finally flinched

The 20 points Marion Local scored in the third quarter alone was more than Trimble had allowed in 23 of its past 26 games. Coming into the final Trimble’s defense had allowed just 79 points this season. The 33 points is the most Trimble has allowed in 35 games (since a 47-22 loss to Wahama, WV on Sept. 2, 2011).

6. Marion Local’s Defense deserves some praise

The last time Trimble was shut out was Week 5 of the 2009 season (lost 14-0 to Fairland). That was 53 games ago. Trimble, which was averaging 39.8 points this season, managed just 104 total yards against Marion Local. In the regional final, state semifinal and state final combined, the Flyers allowed six total points and had two shutouts.

7. Speaking of Shutouts

Marion Local’s win was the first shutout in a small school state final since 2008 when Youngstown Ursuline shut out Liberty-Benton 21-0 in the D-V final. It was the third time the Flyers have shut out their opponent in a state final. ML beat Shadyside 17-0 in the 2006 D-VI final and beat Mogadore 54-0 win the 2000 D-VI final.


*Adam Berke, sr., QB/DB, Marion Local: Pitt commit completed 17-of-28 passes for 216 yards and a TD. Also ran 12 times for 47 yards and two TDs. Had 3.5 tackles on defense.
*Jacey Goettemoeller, jr., RB, Marion Local: Carried the ball nine times for 44 yards and two TDs. Also caught two passes for 21 yards and a TD.
*Jacob Kunkler, jr., LB, Marion Local: Had a team-high 5.5 tackles and a sack.
*Joe Schweterman, jr., LB, Marion Local: Had 4.5 tackles, 1.5 TFL and an INT.
*Terry Simerly, jr., LB, Trimble: had a game-high 10 tackles and a TFL.
*Jacob Kish, sr., LB, Trimble: Had 7.5 tackles.
*Jacob Koons, sr., LB, Trimble: Had seven tackles.
*Konner Standley, sr., QB/DB, Trimble: Had six tackles.
*Austin Downs, jr., WR/DB, Trimble: Had 4.5 tackles and three PBUs.


*The official temperature for the game was 16 degrees.
*Trimble was not called for a penalty. ML was whistled for three.
*ML punted once. Trimble punted seven times for an average of 23.7 yards.
*ML was 5-of-8 on red zone opportunities.


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2 thoughts on “D-VII State Football Final: Marion Local wins title No. 7

  1. Bird58

    Told you Marion Local is the best.As I said Trimble had some good athletes but would not come close and felt ML came out flat but still won by 33!

  2. Bird58

    No other comments? Did not see game, but heard ML was kind of complacent, made some mistakes but just kind of did what they wanted. Trimble was not a threat to score(104) total yards but was surprised ML didn’t put up at least 56 pts but guess they figured why? The only question left is how many titles they will get? Maybe got sights set on St Ignatius(11)?


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