WHAT WE LEARNED
1. Records aren’t meant to broken: For the second straight year a team vying for a state record fifth straight state title was denied. Last year Marion Local saw it’s record 24-game postseason win streak snapped with a 22-20 loss to Kirtland in the D-VI final. The Flyers were trying for their fifth straight championship. This season Coldwater saw its record-tying 24-game postseason win streak snapped and its bid for a fifth straight state title denied by the Crusaders.
2. Third time is the charm: CCC had lost the last two D-V state finals to Coldwater by the combined score of 97-39.
3. Turnovers kill: CCC scored its first nine points off turnovers. The Crusaders in return didn’t commit one.
4. Bigfoot is real: CCC senior kicker Dan Mills set a D-IV finals record with a 48-yard field goal. The kick came on the final play if the first half. The overall finals record is a 56-yard field goal by Cincinnati St. Xavier’s Kevin Kerr in 1998.
5. sMACked: With a chance to win three state titles for the third straight season, the Midwest Athletic Conference was denied it’s second trifecta during that run. Marion Local won the D-VI championship, but Minster (D-VII) and Coldwater fell. The MAC is now 31-13 in state finals (all since 1989).
* Dan Mills, sr., K, CCC
Booted a D-IV finals record 48-yard field goal.
* Dylan Thobe, sr., QB, Coldwater
Threw for 157 yards and a touchdown and ran for 101 yards and a touchdown.
* Tee Rupp, sr. DB, CCC
Notched his ninth interception of the season and fifth of the playoffs. Also caught three passes for 73 yards and a touchdown.
* Zach Klosterman, sr. TE, Coldwater
Had eight catches for 117 yards.
* Jack Murphy, sr., QB, CCC
Completed 18-of-29 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns.
BY THE NUMBERS
0 – Points the Cavaliers netted on three first half drives into the CCC red zone.
97 – Passing yards for each team in the first half.
3 – Fumbles CCC had in the first half. The Crusaders didn’t lose one.
21 – First downs Coldwater had. CCC produced 12.
288 – Yards of offense Coldwater had. CCC produced 230.
16 – Yards CCC rushed for.
5,954 – Attendance.