Ohio Preps Rdp.: State Semifinals Recap

We look back at the state semifinals in Ohio high school football and ahead at this weekend's state championship games. Glenville's Jamario O'Neal, an OSU verbal, had a punt return for a score in his team's Division I loss to Canton McKinley. Click this free link for more.

Here is a look back at last weekend's state semifinals in Ohio high school football, followed by a preview of this weekend's state championship games.

State Semifinals

Division I

Canton McKinley 20, Cleveland Glenville 17 – McKinley RB Ryan Brinson had 25 carries for 92 yards, but it was his 20-yard halfback option pass to quarterback Mike Shaffer that was the decisive touchdown. Glenville committed four costly turnovers, including an interception by McKinley's Mark Jackson in the end zone with 59 seconds left in the game. OSU verbal Jamario O'Neal of Glenville had a 95-yard punt return for a score in his final game. A crowd in excess of 10,000 attended the game at Massillon.

Cincinnati Colerain 34, Worthington Kilbourne 3 -- In helping Colerain to a 20-3 halftime lead, QB Dominick Goodman ran 10 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Goodman scored his second TD, an 18-yard run that put Colerain up 14-3, with 10:54 left in the second quarter on that kind of run. Later in the quarter, he broke off a 38-yard run on the same play, which set up Mister Simpson for a 29-yard TD on the next play.

Division II

Avon Lake 33, Tallmadge 14 -- Bobby Doyle rushed 41 times for 225 yards and two touchdowns as defending champion Avon Lake won its 29th straight game. Trey Stross had four catches for 65 yards and a touchdown and Andrew Means five catches for 36 yards and a score for Avon Lake (14-0). Jamel Miller scored both touchdowns for Tallmadge (13-1) and rushed 13 times for 113 yards.

Columbus Brookhaven 39, Dayton Carroll 3 – Brookhaven became the first Columbus City League team to reach a state playoff title game with a resounding win. Fullback Melvin Jackson scored on a 3-yard run before Melvin Jackson intercepted a Carroll pass two plays later, setting up an 8-yard touchdown run by Roberts that made it 14-3. The Bearcats scored three touchdowns in a span of 4:12 in the third quarter. Roberts, who gained 154 yards on 19 carries, scored on runs of 46 and 7 yards and Rodney Holmes on a 12-yard run. In the fourth quarter, Idris Lawrence scored for Brookhaven on a 14-yard run.

Division III

St. Marys Memorial 14, Columbus Watterson 3 -- Halfback Justin Nagel ran for a 62-yard touchdown and safety Corey Vossler returned a fumble 38 yards for a touchdown for St. Marys.

Cleveland Benedictine 38, Canal Fulton Northwest 20 -- The Bengals picked off three passes giving them 31 interceptions in 14 games this year. Jahmal Brown had two interceptions Saturday, returning one of them 70 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Division IV

Youngstown Mooney 28, Martins Ferry 6 -- Eric Mariotti returned a blocked field goal 85 yards for a touchdown and scored on a 1-yard run for Youngstown Mooney (11-2). Mariotti's second touchdown capped a 56-yard drive that gave Mooney a 21-0 lead in the fourth quarter over Martins Ferry (12-1). Mooney also scored on 30-yard interception return by Nate Burney and a 1-yard run by Kyle McCarthy.

Versailles 14, Coldwater 0 -- Defending champion Versailles, which got in as a seventh seed in its region, stunned top-ranked and unbeaten Coldwater, avenging a 10-7 loss to its Midwest Athletic Conference rival. Curtis Wourms ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns for Versailles (11-3). Adam Francis ran for 86 yards on 19 carries as Versailles rushed 69 times for 261 yards. Steve Borger was 10 of 17 for 87 yards for Coldwater (13-1), which beat Versailles 10-7 during the regular season.

Division V

St. Henry 13, Hamler Patrick Henry 0 – Joe Hemmelgarn carried 26 times for 164 yards and two TDs.

Amanda-Clearcreek 22, Smithville 6 – Nate Saum had 186 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries. Fullback Kent Phillips had 104 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Carlos Del Angel kicked field goals of 24, 33 and 43 yards.

Division VI

Dola Hardin Northern 35, Danville 0 -- Michael Ridgeway and Wyatt Thames scored two touchdowns apiece for Dola Hardin Northern (13-1). Ridgeway ran 19 times for 89 yards and Thames had 11 carries for 61 yards as Hardin Northern had 251 yards on the ground to 65 for Danville (11-3). Kasey Doup rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries for Danville.

Norwalk St. Paul 22, Hicksville 0 -- Trevor Strohm passed for two touchdowns and Joe Stoll ran for one to lead Norwalk St. Paul. Strohm had touchdown passes of 6 yards to Adam Schaffer and 10 yards to Justin Nickoli as Norwalk St. Paul (12-2) scored all of its points in the first half. Strohm completed 16 of 25 passes for 180 yards. Norwalk St. Paul also rushed for 126 yards, including Stoll's 6-yard TD run. Kyle Burlingame rushed 24 times for 71 yards for Hicksville (12-2).

State Finals

DIVISION I

At Canton Fawcett Stadium

Canton McKinley (11-3) vs. Cin. Colerain (14-0), Saturday, 7 p.m. – Top-ranked Colerain will try and become the third straight big school champion from Cincinnati after Elder won the last two years. Colerain, making its first state title game appearance and ranked fifth nationally by USA Today, has outscored its opponents by an average of 46.1-6.3 this season. McKinley will play for the title on its home field. This will be McKinley's sixth state title game appearance and first since 1998. McKinley will be in search of its fourth state title, last winning back to back in 1997 and '98. McKinley opened the year 2-3, but has won nine straight since.

DIVISION II

At Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

Avon Lake (14-0) vs. Cols. Brookhaven (14-0), Friday, 7 p.m. – Top-ranked and defending champion Avon Lake has won 29 straight games. This will be Avon Lake's second state title game appearance. Brookhaven makes its first state title game appearance after reach the state semis three previous times. The Bearcats have allowed just 20 points in four tournament wins.

DIVISION III

At Canton Fawcett Stadium

Cle. Benedictine (11-3) vs. St. Marys Memorial (13-1), Saturday, 11 a.m. – Defending champion Benedictine returns to the title game for the third straight year and seventh time overall. Benedictine can claim a sixth state title with a win. St. Marys Memorial is 3-for-3 in state title games with wins in 1990, '92 and '93. St. Marys Memorial's only loss was a 7-6 decision at Lima Shawnee in Week 6. Benedictine's losses were to Cleveland St. Ignatius, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit and Lakewood St. Edward.

DIVISION IV

At Canton Fawcett Stadium

Youngs. Mooney (11-2) vs. Versailles (11-3), Friday, 3 p.m. – Defending champion Versailles will be after its seventh state title. Coach Al Hetrick, in his 37th year, has 325 career wins. Versailles avenged one of its three losses against Coldwater in the state semis. Another loss was to Division V finalist St. Henry. Mooney is in the state title game for the sixth time overall and first time since 1987. Mooney has four titles. Its losses were to Warren Harding and Cleveland Benedictine.

DIVISION V

At Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

St. Henry (13-1) vs. Amanda-Clearcreek (14-0), Saturday, 3 p.m. – Top-ranked A-C is back in the state title game for the fifth time. The Aces lost last year's title game to Columbus Academy 13-8 in controversial fashion. A-C will be in search of its third title, also winning in 1999 (over St. Henry) and 2000. St. Henry is in the title game for the seventh time (first since 1999) and has won four previous state titles. St. Henry's lone loss was to Division IV state semifinalist Coldwater.

DIVISION VI

At Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

Norwalk St. Paul (12-2) vs. Dola Hardin Northern (13-1), Friday, 11 a.m. – One of these teams will claim its first-ever state title. Hardin Northern lost to Mogadore in the 2002 title game, while St. Paul lost to Delphos St. John's in 1997 and '99.

OSU Recruits Outside Ohio

* Athol Springs (N.Y.) St. Francis DE Doug Worthington's season is over.

* Piscataway (N.J.) Township DB Malcolm Jenkins will lead his team (11-0) into Saturday's NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 championship game against Phillipsburg (10-1) at 2 p.m. at Rutgers Stadium.

* Mission Viejo OL Kevin Bemoll and DE Ryan Williams helped their team dismantle rival Newhall Hart 50-20 last weekend in a CIF Division II playoff game. They advance to meet Upland in a semifinal match-up Saturday at MVHS.


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