Jamel Miller was nearly unstoppable all season long until the Canfield game. He had rushed for 2,088 yards and 26 TDs going into the game. Miller had 33 yards on 14 carries against the rugged Cardinal defense.
Senior linebackers Joe Rosko and Kyle Banna are the heart of the Canfield defense.
Canfield's aggressive defense pressured QB Allen Price throughout the game. Senior Justin Wolf was in the backfield on this play.
And on offense, Canfield slugged it on the ground most of the evening. Rosko...
...and senior Angelo Babbaro are the main culprits in Canfield's ground attack.
Babbaro is Canfield's all-time single-season leading rusher. He had 1,835 yards and 29 TDs prior to the game.
Banna helped paved the way for many of those yards.
Babbaro, who finished the game with 64 yards on 22 carries, scored Canfield's first touchdown on an 8-yard run to put the Cardinals up 7-0 with 1:01 in the first quarter.
Canfield's Nick Rousher against Tallmadge's Yianni Karvounides was a top matchup in the trenches when the Blue Devils had the ball.
Karvounides is one of the state's best two-way lineman regardless of division.
If he were just an inch or two taller he would be a top recruit in the state this year.
Karvounides is one big reason why Miller was able to have such a good season on the ground.
Miller, a verbal commitment to Miami of Ohio, is run down by Babbaro who is still looking for more offers.
Senior Tommy Fortner caught an 11 yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 7-7 with 4:40 remaining in the second period.
Canfield runs a two-quarterback system with senior Frank Ross leading the way.
Ross had passed for 715 yards with 7 TDs before the Tallmadge game.
Babbaro helped Canfield march back down the field before halftime.
Rosko ripped off a couple big runs also.
But with Canfield was running out of time in the half...
...Adam Jones kicked a 22-yard field goal to put the Cardinals up 10-7 with just 2 seconds remaining in the first half.
In the second half, Babbaro stepped picked off a pass from his safety position and raced 76 yards with it on a remarkable return for a touchdown to put Canfield up 17-7 with 7:53 left in the third period.
Tallmadge got new life in the fourth quarter when Canfield fumbled a Tallmadge punt. That's when Miller threw a perfectly executed halfback pass to Kyle Harrison who was all alone in the secondary and ran it in for a 60-yard score to make the score 17-14 with 10:10 remaining in the game.
Harrison had 32 catches for 528 yards and 6 TDs prior to the Canfield game.
Allen Price finished his career at Tallmadge as the school's most prolific quarterback. He was a four-year starter and played a big part in turning Tallmadge into a football school. Price had thrown for 1,155 yards and 15 TD's before the Canfield game.
Sean Baker, just a junior, is Canfield's other quarterback.
A two-way performer for the Cards, Baker is likely to be a top prospect in the state next year at safety.
While controling the game on the ground late in the fourth period, Baker found his tight end for two big catches of totaling 43 yards to help move the chains.
Banna helped run the clock out on the ground.
Canfield head coach Mike Pavlansky has his Cardinals playing for a state title for the first time in the school's history.
Rosko had 41 yards on 8 carries.
Banna had 54 yards on 8 carries.
Babbaro's played great on both sides of the ball all season long.
And Rousher is strong and steady in the trenches on both sides of the ball for Canfield.
And these girls will be cheering hard for an undefeated season and state title for their Cardinals.