Midwest: Scout on the Town, Recap

We were at the state championships this past weekend in the state of Ohio.

MIDWEST

Dave Berk, Bill Greene, Derek Young, Ohio Recruiting Analysts
Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary vs. Trotwood (Ohio) Madison

Ohio State pledge Dante Booker took home the Ohio Mr. Football title along with repeating as a state champion with teammate and fellow Buckeye pledge Parris Campbell in a 24-0 victory over Trotwood-Madison in the first of seven championship games. Campbell led the rushing attack for the Fighting Irish with 58 yards; however, it was Akron pledge Newman Williams who did the scoring with an eight yard and one yard run. In poor weather conditions Trotwood struggled to get their offensive in gear only posting 111 total yards. Sophomore quarterback Messiah deWeaver struggled against the Fighting Irish defense going 9-of-25 passing for 84 yards and three interceptions. The win gave St. Vincent-St. Mary their sixth overall title and their shutout was only the 28-th shutout posted in OHSAA State Football history.

Kirkland (Ohio) vs. Haviland (Ohio) Wayne Trace
Early in the second quarter these two teams were tied with eight points each. That soon changed as Kirkland would score five more times before Wayne Trace found the end zone early in the fourth quarter. Adam Hess rushed for 177 yards and two score and Sam Kukura rushed for 196 yards and one score. Quarterback Sam Skiljan would go 6-of-10 for 133 yards and two scores during the 44-16 win to capture the Division VI title.

Clarksville (Ohio) Clinton-Massie vs. Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney
With heavy snow falling throughout the game, both teams looked to use their rushing attacks to win the Division IV state title. Cardinal Mooney looked to Mark Handel to lead the way and he didn't disappoint with a 140 yard, two touchdown performance. However, with chants of "Feed the Wolf" coming from the bleachers, Clinton-Massie looked to brother tandem of senior Bayle Wolf (172-yards, 3 touchdowns) and junior Chayse Wolf (91-yards, 1 touchdown) to help the Falcons repeat as state champions with a 27-21 victory that was not decided until the 1:10 mark of the fourth quarter.

Loveland (Ohio) vs. Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville
Many came in expecting Ted Ginn and Glenville to dominate with Ohio State offensive line pledge Marcelys Jones and top prospects Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith. Lattimore and Smith didn't disappoint, but Loveland looked to their huge offensive line led Andrew Alten and junior Ian Leever who has already picked up two early offers to open holes for freshman running back Luke Waddell who rushed for 175 yards and one touchdown and Gunner Gambill who rushed for two touchdowns and 115 yards in a dominating 41-23 victory to win the Division II title.

Coldwater (Ohio) vs. Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Hartley
In a match-up between two teams that played during the regular season, defending Division V state champion Coldwater proved to have too much fire power in a hard fought 24-7 victory over Bishop Hartley. Duke pledge Alonzo Saxton was a bright spot for Bishop Hartley with 75 rushing yards and a 30-yard pass to Jacob Mercier early in the third quarter that helped set up the team's only score to go with a team leading nine tackles. For Coldwater it was the Broody Hoying show as he rushed for three touchdowns and 145 yards while also getting an interception on defense.

Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller vs. Mentor (Ohio)
In a game with two Scout.com Top 50 programs, Mentor and Moeller light up the scoreboard and set a number of state championship records in the process. In a game with a combined 1,136 yards of total offense, Mentor looked to Cincinnati wide receiver pledge Connor Krizancic to lead them at quarterback. He didn't disappoint throwing for 419 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 102 yards and three scores. His main target on the day was Eddie Daughetry who would pull down 18 balls for 164 yards and two scores keeping Mentor in the game until the very end. However, Moeller had some weapons of their own as senior quarterback Gus Ragland would rush for 189 yards and five touchdowns while also passing for 273 yards and three scores on a 12-13 performance with no interceptions. Kent State receiver pledge was Ragland's main target and the fast rising senior would pull down seven balls for 182 yards and two scores in the 55-52 Moeller victory. Ohio State pledge Sam Hubbard would post ten tackles to go with an interception and fumble recovery.

Maria Stein (Ohio) Marion Local vs. Glouster (Ohio) Trimble
The final game of championship weekend found Pittsburgh quarterbacks pledge Adam Bertke looking to win his third consecutive state title. With the temperature sitting at 16 degrees, Bertke would complete 17-of-28 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown and run for another 54 yards on 12 carries with two scores in a 33-0 victory giving the school their seventh title overall and the best playoff winning percentage in OHSAA history with a 53-9 mark.

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