Buckeye Commit Goes Out On Top

Cleveland St. Ignatius defeated Pickerington Central 34-13 to win the Ohio Division-I state championship two weeks ago. One of the keys to the win was the clutch play of tight end Blake Thomas, and the Ohio State commit was impressive throughout the contest.

It's every high school player's dream to end their career as a state champion, and two weeks ago Cleveland St. Ignatius tight end Blake Thomas did just that. The Wildcats defeated Pickerington Central 34-13 to win the Ohio Division-I title.

Thomas, who committed to Ohio State last summer, impressed throughout the game and had three clutch catches in the win.

"Our defense was outstanding and that's what won the football game for us," Thomas stated after the win. "They were great all year, and we needed them to come up big in the second half. They shut Pickerington out in the second half, and that was the difference in the game."

"We made a few adjustments offensively at halftime, and we handled their blitzes a lot better," he stated. "We also adjusted our routes to better attack their coverages and it worked for us. I was lucky enough to come up with a few catches that really helped us, and Eric Williams threw the ball great."

The Wildcats started fast in this game, and quickly jumped out to a 20-0 lead, before going to intermission ahead 20-13.

"Getting off to a fast start was what we wanted," he explained. "I'm not sure they were ready for what we were running early, and we had a big lead before they settled down and started playing better. We played to our potential tonight, and this feels great."

"Our seniors dedicated ourselves to not only getting in the playoffs, but winning it all," he added. "We missed the playoffs last year, and that is just unacceptable at St. Ignatius, and we wanted this from back last summer. We were driven to get back to playing Ignatius football, and a state championship is Ignatius football. We are a true team in every sense of the word, and we have the best coaching staff in Ohio."

Legendary head coach Chuck Kyle discussed his senior tight end after the game, and he felt the 6-foot-4, 230-pound, Thomas was one of their keys offensively.

See Kyle's comments in this short video:

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