A steady snowfall during the entire 2003 Division II State Championship didn't stop either teams defense from playing full tilt. While both teams were known for putting points on the scoreboard, the defenses along with the weather were able to control the pace of the game.
Avon Lake enter the game with a perfect 14-0 record and top billing in Division II from the media. With a number two seed the Shoremen used ball control and a stingy defense in advancing to the finals. Avon Lake beat Ashland 14-3, Maumee 41-7, Defiance 27-6 and Chardon 48-8 to keep their number one goal alive. Could the running attack keep rolling and the defense shutting teams down? The finals would be the biggest test from another 14-0 team from Southwest Ohio.
Trenton Edgewood almost didn't make it out of its first round game with Vandalia Butler. Winning in the final seconds 35-32 saw their closest contest during the playoffs almost be their last. But by getting by Butler, Edgewood would not see another close game until its finals match with Avon Lake. With victories over Dayton Carroll 28-10, Kings Mills Kings 33-6 and Columbus Brookhaven 33-13 the offense had found the pace set during the regular season and the defense held everyone in check.
With the cold and wet weather conditions, both teams found problems in getting their offenses into gear. Avon Lake would draw first blood with a 26 yard field goal with 6:51 left in the second quarter by John Lyons. That score would hold up for most of the game as neither team was able to keep drives alive.
Avon Lake was making their 10th trip to the playoffs in 2003, but looking for its first title. While Trenton Edgewood had never made the big game in the schools history. While Edgewood stayed close, they could never get a drive going and when they tried a hook and ladder, the toss was lost and Avon Lake looked to cash in for a bigger lead and the title.
At that time Avon Lake went to their workhorse back Jon Schroeder and worked on running the clock down. That thinking had always worked during the season, but tonight Schroeder had problems holding onto the ball and keep Trenton in the game. Edgewood wasted little time in getting its offense going after another turnover. Using running back Josh Glancy's power running, Edgewood would find pay-dirt with 6:13 left and trailed by 3.
The score would hold up as Avon Lake shut down another drive to win a great game and their first title.
2003 DIVISION II STATE CHAMPIONS
PHOTO FROM THE OHSAA
The key to the Avon Lake win was defensive player Matt Kostelnik. Kostelnik showed a nose for the ball and could be seen on several big plays that made the difference in the ball game.
Because of this effort, OPS Football Director Craig named Matt the OhioPrepScene.com / Moe's Minis Game MVP. Craig presented a special MVP Helmet designed by Moe's Minis after the game. Like the one pictured below.
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Check with OPS next week for pictures from this game, and one of Matt getting his MVP helmet.
FINAL BOX SCORE PROVIDED BY THE OHSAA
TRENTON EDGEWOOD vs AVON LAKE (NOV 28, 2003 at MASSILLON, OH)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
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TRENTON EDGEWOOD.... 0 0 0 7 - 7 Record: (14-1)
AVON LAKE........... 0 3 0 7 - 10 Record: (15-0)
2nd 06:47 AVLK - JOHN LYONS 26 yd field goal, 9-49 4:11, EDGE 0 - AVLK 3
4th 09:43 AVLK - JON SCHROEDER 1 yd run (JOHN LYONS kick), 1-1 0:00, EDGE 0 - AVLK 10
06:13 EDGE - JOSH GLANCY 1 yd run (BRIAN CRAYCRAFT kick), 5-66 2:27, EDGE 7 - AVLK 10
EDGE AVLK FIRST DOWNS................... 9 12 RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 31-117 42-149 PASSING YDS (NET)............. 93 46 Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 19-5-2 14-5-0 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 50-210 56-195 Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 1-11 Punt Returns-Yards............ 2-10 0-0 Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 2-29 2-28 Interception Returns-Yards.... 0-0 2-6 Punts (Number-Avg)............ 4-32.8 7-32.7 Fumbles-Lost.................. 2-2 2-1 Penalties-Yards............... 1-15 1-17 Possession Time............... 20:40 27:20 Third-Down Conversions........ 0 of 8 3 of 13 Fourth-Down Conversions....... 1 of 4 0 of 2 Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 1-1 1-1 Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 0-0 0-0 RUSHING: TRENTON EDGEWOOD-JOSH GLANCY 14-78; JAMES WRIGHT 11-25; RYAN WILLIAMS 4-7; MATT ROOT 2-7. AVON LAKE-JON SCHROEDER 33-114; DAN SFILIGOJ 6-22; TREY STROSS 1-7; TYLER BOOHER 1-3; KYLE MAURER 1-3. PASSING: TRENTON EDGEWOOD-MATT ROOT 5-19-2-93. AVON LAKE-TYLER BOOHER 5-14-0-46. RECEIVING: TRENTON EDGEWOOD-JAMES WRIGHT 2-33; DEREK MELTON 1-50; CRAIG FLICK 1-7; AARON VOLLET 1-3. AVON LAKE-ANDREW MEANS 2-28; DAN SFILIGOJ 2-13; TREY STROSS 1-5. INTERCEPTIONS: TRENTON EDGEWOOD-None. AVON LAKE-MATT KOSTELNIK 1-0; ANDREW MEANS 1-6. FUMBLES: TRENTON EDGEWOOD-CRAIG FLICK 1-1; RYAN WILLIAMS 1-1. AVON LAKE-JON SCHROEDER 2-1. Stadium: PAUL BROWN TIGER Attendance: 0 Kickoff time: 8:07 End of Game: 10:20 Total elapsed time: 2:13 Officials: Referee: ROBERT SAGERS S; Umpire: REED REIGEL; Linesman: ROBERT COCHEY; Line judge: RONALD KNIGHT; Back judge: THOMAS BERNS; Scorer: JIM BARKAN; Temperature: 33 F Wind: 15-25 NW Weather: LIGHT SNOW