What We Learned: State Finals Friday
Ohio High School Football State Championships in Divisions II, IV and VI were handed out Friday in Stark County. See who won and what we learned on the first day of the state finals. There were some fireworks...
What We Learned...
1. Marion Local ties for Most Ohio Football Titles for a Public School: The Flyers beat Newark Catholic 28-21 in the Division VI final to secure the program’s sixth state football title, which moves them into a three-way tie for the most by an Ohio public school with Versailles and St. Henry. All three schools are members of the Midwest Athletic Conference. Delphos St. John’s (another MAC school) and Cleveland Benedictine also have six state titles. Marion Local junior QB Adam Bertke willed his team to victory after rushing for 102 yards on 27 carries and completed 17-of-23 passes for 166 yards. Bertke’s heroics were needed after standout sophomore RB Jacy Goettemoeller was lost to injury on the first drive. Goettemoeller entered the contest with 1,557 yards and 27 TDs on 250 carries. He left after gaining 19 yards on three carries. ML trailed 7-6 at half and 14-6 after the first play of the third quarter before rallying for the win. Freshman RB Hunter Wilker’s 11-yard TD run with 18 seconds left in the third quarter gave ML its first lead. Wilker, who came into the game with 16 carries for 104 yards and a TD in 14 games, ran for three TDs and 30 yards on seven carries. He was also the Flyers leading receiver (caught seven passes for 57 yards). Wilker’s final TD – a 1-yard run with :21 seconds left – was the game-winner.
6. Massie stands alone: Ohio has "recognized" high school football champions since 1895. Saturday, Clinton-Massie did something that had not been done in the previous 117 years. Behind a vaunted wisboned-based run game, the Falcons became the first school in Ohio history to score 800 points in a season. They also won their first state title in program history and the first state football title for a Clinton County school with their 46-36 win over St. Clairsville in the D-IV final. Massie ends the season with 822 points.
10. Too much Amir Edwards: Toledo Central Catholic improved to 2-0 in state title games with a 16-12 win over Trotwood-Madison. The Irish were led by senior RB Amir Edwards who had 185 yards and two TDs on 38 carries. TCC also won the 2005 D-II title.
11. Too little, too late for Trotwood-Madison: The Rams were held to 44 yards of offense and zero points through the first three quarters before exploding for 183 yards and two TDs in the fourth. It wasn't enough.
PHOTO GALLERY (by Gary Housteau)
Marion Local junior QB Adam Bertke completed 17-of-23 passes for 166 yards and ran for 102 yards on 27 carries in the D-VI final.
Newark Catholic senior WR/DB Kevin Bourne had eight catches for 121 yards and a TD and ran eight times for 18 yards in the D-VI final.
Newark Catholic junior QB Chayce Crouch threw for 236 yards and two TDs and ran for 37 yards and a TD in the D-VI final.
Marion Local sophomore RB Jacy Goettemoeller entered the game with 1,557 yards and 27 rushing TDs but left with a leg injury on Marion's first possession after rushing for 19 yards on three carries.
Marion Local senior RB Alaric Keller had seven carries for 57 yards and a TD in the D-VI final.
Marion Local freshman RB Hunter Wilker ran for 30 yards and three TDs on seven carries in the D-VI final.
Clinton-Massie junior RB Bayle Wolf tied D-IV finals records for points (30) and TDs. He ran for 220 yards and four TDs, caught a TD pass and had an interception on St. C's last drive.
Clinton-Massie senior QB Tyler Uetrecht ran for 75 yards and a TD and threw for a TD in the D-IV final.
St. Clairsville senior WR Dan Monteroso caught nine passes for 143 yards in th D-IV final.
St. Clairsville senior QB Matt Kinnick threw for 437 yards and four TDs in the D-IV final. His tally is second in D-IV finals history and fourth regardless of divisions.
St. Clairsville senior WR Jarrid Marhefka set an all divisions finals record with 272 yards receiving and tied a D-IV finals record wiht four TD catches. He had nine catches (30 yard average).
Clinton-Massie senior RB Wyatt Running ran for 101 yards and a TD on 18 carries in the D-IV final.
TCC senior RB Amir Edwards led the Irish with 185 yards and two TDs on 38 carries in the D-II sate final.
TCC junior QB DeShone Kizer directed the Irish offense to 245 total yards and a win in the D-II final.
TCC senior Db Jayme Thompson had 2.5 tackles in the D-II final. He's headed to Ohio State.
Trotwood senior KR James Winchester led the Rams in all-purpose yards in the D-II final. Winchester had KORs of 88 yards.
Senior RB Isreal Green ran for 56 yards on 14 carries in the D-II final.
Senior QB Austin Howell threw for 71 yards and a TD and ran for 37 yards in the D-II final.