What We Learned: State Finals Saturday
Ohio High School Football State Championships in Divisions I, III and V were handed out Saturday in Stark County. See who won and what we learned on the second day of the state finals. There were some fireworks...
What We Learned...
1. Irish Eyes are smiling: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary improved to 5-1 in state championship games and won their first football title since 1988 with a 42-21 win over Bellevue in the D-III final. Only eight teams in Ohio history have more state championships than SVSM.
5. 60-Something: Coldwater’s senior class played in its fourth straight D-V state final and in its 60th game since 2009 on Saturday. Unlike the previous three finals, though, Coldwater won this one – beating Kirtland 10-9 in the first state final rematch since 2001 (Marion Local vas Mogadore).
9. Moeller gets a great anniversary gift: The Crusaders celebrated "50 Years of Moeller Football" this season and capped it off with the program’s eighth state title. Moeller beat Toledo Whitmer 20-12 in the D-I final. It’s the Crusaders first state title in 27 years (since 1985) and moves them into a three-way tie (with Youngstown Mooney and Newark Catholic) for most state titles in history (St. Ignatius has 11). Senior QB Spencer Icavone completed 15-of-19 passes for 161 yards and a TD and ran for 63 yards and a TD on 11 carries. Northwestern-bound RB Keith Watkins added 68 yards on 22 carries and 76 yards and a TD on eight receptions.
PHOTO GALLERY (by Gary Housteau)
Akron SVSM junior LB Dante Booker had a game-high nine tackles and a TFL in the D-III final.
Akron SVSM junior RB Parris Campbell Jr. tied a D-III finals record with three rughing TDs. He had 165 yards on 14 carries.
Akron SVSM junior RB/LB Newman Williams had two TDs (including one on a fake punt) and had 5.5 tackles, 1.5 TFL and an interception in the D-III final.
Bellevue senior QB Jalen Santoro tied a D-III finals record with three TD passes. He threw for 184 yards and ran for 53.
Coldwater senior QB Austin Bruns completed 20-of-28 passes for 233 yards and a TD and rushed 23 times for 97 yards in the D-V final.
Kitland senior QB Scott Eilerman threw for 25 yards and ran for 38 in the D-V final.
Coldwater sophomore Brody Hoying threw a pass, ran three times for seven yards, caught three passes for 35 yards and came up with the game winning interception in the D-V final.
Kirtland senior RB Damon Washington ran for 39 yards on 11 carries in the D-V final.
Senior QB Spencer Icavone completed 15-of-19 passes for 161 yards and a TD and rushed for 63 yards and a TD on 11 carries in the D-I final.
Whitmer senior WR/DB Nate Holley had eight catches for 135 yards and a TD and registered eight tackles in the D-I final.
Whitmer senior QB Nick Holleycompleted 12-of-20 passes for 196 yards and two TDs and ran for 92 yards on 23 carries in the D-I final.
Moeller senior RB Keith Watkins ran for 68 yards on 22 carries and caught eight passes for 76 yards and a TD in the D-I final.