Photo Gallery : Steubenville - Licking Valley

Both Licking Valley and Steubenville were 12-0 when they met up at Canton's Fawcett Stadium in a regional final contest last week. The Big Red of Steubenville used a balanced offense and a stout defense to capture the win and earn a chance to play Akron Buchtel on the same field in the state semifinal round. Zack Collaros, Maurice Bougard,Tamawi McGhee and Steve Davis were just a few of the Steubenville players who had a starring role in the victory.

Photo Gallery : Steubenville 33 - Licking Valley 7

Meet Storm Klein

He's the freshman sensation at running back for Licking Valley this year who gained 1,133 yards on 226 carries on the season and had 14 rushing touchdowns.

Steubenville, however, held him to a season-low 15 yards on 6 carries.

Big Red has their own running back who's pretty good, Tamawi McGhee, and he's just a junior.

Their quarterback, Zack Collaros, is pretty good also.

And they have a little dynamite receiver, Maurice Bougard, who's not too bad either.

Licking Valley captains

Steubenville captains

Both Steubenville and LV were 12-0 coming into the game.

The tone of the game was set on the first series of the game when McGhee stopped Klein cold in the backfield on third-and-one on this play, forcing LV to punt the ball after their initial three plays.

Steubenville then took their first possession right down the field...

...but they were unable to put the ball in the end zone...

...and they turned the ball over on downs deep in LV territory.

But even with the momentum change after the goal-line stand, LV wasn't able to generate much of an offense again.

Steubenville started clicking on offense on their second possession and scored a touchdown on this 26-yard pass completion to junior Dan Vogel to give Big Red a 7-0 lead with 39 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Sophomore Josh Bailey, who returned kicks with Klein, is the backup tailback. Bailey carried 7 times for 30 yards against Steubenville and ended his season with 309 yards on 85 carries with three rushing touchdowns.

LV also has a pair of pretty good sophomore linemen leading the way for the youngsters in the backfield in Donald Houston, 66, and Tim German, 79.

Listed at 6-6 and 275 pounds, German is destined to be recruited by all the big schools.

But Steubenville just had too many weapons for LV. Seniors Darnell Longmire...

...Matt Belardine...

...and Jeremy Presley all contribute on offense.

But Collaros is the straw that stirs the drink on offense. Big Red generated 384 yards of total offense.

LV had 175 yards of total offense of which 110 came through the air via the arm of Chase Ashcraft.

Klein was never able to get it started on the night.

Thanks to the Steubenville defense.

Bougard caught touchdown passes of 80 and and 28 yards from Collaros.

Collaros led their offense to 209 passing yards and 175 rushing yards.

Presley scored from 14 yards out to make it 20-0 with 59 seconds remaining in the half.

An interception by sophomore Steve Davis on this play set up a 28-yard scoring pass to Bougard to give Big Red a 27-0 halftime lead.

Steubenville was back at in the second half.

McGhee scored from 32 yards out to give Steubenville a 33-0 lead with 8:19 remaining in the third.

Longtime Big Red coach Reno Saccoccia.

LV's offense was shut out. Their only score came on an interception return for a 38-yard TD by Tyler Blake late in the third period to make it 33-7.

Klein started the year on the freshman team and finished as a 1,133-yard rusher.

McGhee, who made plays on both sides of the ball, could become a top prospect in Ohio next year.

Davis had 4 INT's in the game.

Ashcraft had only thrown 3 INTs in 12 games before he ran into Davis.

And Big Red sophomore DE Dreylon Pree has the potential to be a really good one down the line.

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