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Ursuline wins THIRD STRAIGHT STATE TITLE



Published: Sun, December 5, 2010 @ 12:01 a.m.

By JOHN BASSETTI

bassetti@vindy.com

CANTON

Is there a doctor in the house?

In a game that will be known for some quality body-jarring hits, among punishing play in general, Ursuline put a hurt on Coldwater in the Division V state championship game, 51-21, Saturday at Fawcett Stadium.

The title put Ursuline in select company with teams that have won three consecutive state crowns: Cleveland St. Ignatius, Newark Catholic, Cincinnati Moeller and Versailles.

It even hurt at halftime, with Ursuline leading, 44-7, and the Irish holding a 473-109 advantage in total offense. In the first 24 minutes, Akise Teague had 13 carries for 192 yards and four touchdowns, including one on a pass from quarterback Paul Kempe.

Ursuline finished 15-0 and completed a 15-game win streak in the postseason over the last three seasons.

“One of the keys to winning this game was stopping the long, long touchdown runs,” said Coldwater coach Chip Otten. “Unfortunately, we didn’t do that,” he said of four TD runs of 42 yards or longer, including a 53-yard run by Jesse Curry. “That killed us,” Otten said of the tallies, excluding the early Kempe-to-Teague 73-yarder.

Bottom line, Teague was the difference, a comment echoed by opposing coaches after each of the five playoff games.

“They’re big, fast and well-coached,” said Otten. “That’s tough to beat when they’re bigger, faster, stronger, overall, than what we are.”

Tegaue finished with 249 yards rushing on 19 attempts. He also had 94 yards receiving, 42 yards in kickoff returns and a 20-yard punt return.

His five TDs broke a Div. V championship game record and tied an all-divisions record.

“There was something about the kid,” said Coldwater’s Aaron Rammel. “He’s hard to take down.”

Alex Stammen supported Rammel’s statement, saying, “Somehow, he breaks tackles. His quickness helps his momentum. You’ve got to get him down low or his momentum up high will carry him.”

Stammen also said Ursuline’s speed, defensively, “brings blitzes from everywhere. When you run a flat route or whatever, they’re running to the ball. They bring it.”

Ursuline coach Dan Reardon brought his 10 seniors to the post-game press conference where he proudly proclaimed that group had 53 wins over four years.

“That’s obviously a school record for us,” he said.

During practice last week, Reardon said he preached the factors that advanced his team through 14 previous games unbeaten: eliminating turnovers, running the ball and stopping big plays on defense.

“We were able to get a big play in that first drive, then they answered with a big play of their own,” said Reardon. “Other than that one in the first quarter, I think we did a good job minimizing their big plays.

“It seems like every time we [Ursuline and Coldwater] get together, there’s a lot of offense,” said Reardon. “For them to come back after losing their coach is an accomplishment.”

His second comment was about Otten’s ascension after the loss of John Reed, the longtime Cavaliers coach who passed away in May.

Reardon said that off-tackle plays were probably the most effective ones in Saturday’s game. “That’s what we’ve been very good at all year long and today was kind of a culmination of that.”

Coldwater, which also lost last year’s Div. V title game to the Irish, 55-22, finished 11-4.

The Irish scored right off the bat on the 73-yard TD at 10:52. After Ursuline got the opening kickoff, Kempe ran two plays, then passed to his right side to Teague, who appeared not to have any defender close by in coverage near the line of scrimmage.

Coldwater came right back and scored at 9:16 when Ethan Bettinger threw to Klenke for a 49-yard tally. Two Ursuline tacklers missed Klenke as he raced downfield. Troy Otten’s PAT pulled the Cavaliers within, 8-7.

Jesse Curry’s 53-yard touchdown run came on Ursuline’s first play of its next possession and Jeff Podolsky’s kick lifted the Irish to a 15-7 lead through the end of the first quarter.

Just 29 seconds into the second quarters, Teague broke off a 46-yard touchdown run and Podolsky’s PAT stretched Ursuline’s lead to 22-7 at 11:31.

Podolsky put the hit of the first half on Klenke, who was in the process of catching Bettinger’s pass . But the vicious blast in Klenke’s gut as he caught the ball knocked it onto the turf.

Teague’s run after taking a snap out of the shotgun turned into a TD of 65 yards for a touchdown at 9:47 and Podolsky’s conversion run - again after lining up to punt - was successful. However, Podolsky took a jarring hit that sent him flying backwards into the end zone. It sealed Ursuline’s 30-7 lead.

Ursuline bumped its margin to 37-7 at 5:25 after Mr. Touchdown ran 17 yards via a studder-step, sideways run and lunge into the end zone followed by Podolsky’s PAT.

The half ended with Ursuline ahead, 44-7 after Paul Kempe’s 1-yard run following a Coldwater punt that gave the Irish possession at its 11. A good gain in the march was a 12-yard pass completion from Kempe to Keil’n Thurston. Podolsky’s point-after kick was the final point of the first 24 minutes.

Klenke’s 24-yard TD catch from the hands of temporary quarterback Aaron Rammel put a dent in Ursuline’s lead as Coldwater, after Troy Otten’s PAT, came within 44-14 just 1:50 elapsed in the third quarter.

Ursuline jacked its lead to 51-14 on a 42-yard TD run by Teague and Podolsky PAT with 4:00 remaining in the third quarter.

Just after Ursuline players tried to douse Reardon with a bucket of cold water, Coldwater got a touchdown on a Bettinger pass to Klenke covering 9 yards and Otten’s PAT to pull within 51-21 with 4:26 left in the game.


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1YSUGRAD(134 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-A...

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2timOthy(802 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Way to bring it home Irish!!!

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3UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

And they say Ohio Catholic schools don't recruit - MA!!!

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4Tony1(53 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

@unionforever you are nothing more than a mean negative person.Everything from you is negative,I feel sorry for you.

Great Job Ursuline !

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5seminole(476 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Maybe Tressel could use the scouts/recruiters Ursuline has...

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6FormerYtowner(96 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Way to go University of Ursuline! What does your recruiting class for next year look like?

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7devildog(96 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Division 5????? ....wow what a joke!

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8sparky22(14 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

every school, both public and private, recruits in some way. don't start the argument here. give the kids at ursuline their day in glory.

great job irish, especially the seniors, on the three-pete!

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9disgustedjoker(46 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

yes, Ursuline is in DV but they've proven their talent by playing schools in the upper tiers. BUT, the way these schools have successful seasons is the recruiting process. I dont know why everyone denys this. It's a known fact. The kids that get scouted and recruited by these private schools arent silent about it. They're very proud of it as they should be! Their athletic ability has given them the opportunity to attend a great school that costs us average, working class families 6200.00 a year. Free tuition and a chance at a college scholarship seems like a great deal to me. Theres no way around it, it happens and it's a reality but we all need to stop complaining about it because it's very hard to prove it. I know, my children attend a private school at the cost of 6200.00 a year. The only issue I have with it is, dont call yourself a "catholic" school when in fact, 50% of your enrollment have never even attended a catholic church and have no plans to. These schools should be renamed to christian schools, not catholic schools.

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10Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

What a bunch of BS

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11valleyred(1097 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

How can you say they recruit when the OHSAA has yet to lay any recruiting violations on Ursuline or Mooney. With the voucher program in place, what inner city parent would pass up an opportunity to send their kid to Ursuline or Mooney over East or Chaney, where violence runs rampant.

Until you guys can prove we recruit by passing the info onto the OHSAA and then they state we committed recruiting violations; only then can you say we recruit. Until then, it is a fib!

Congratulations Ursuline on the Three-Peat!
Class of 2008.

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12UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

CHEATERS like Ursiline who DO illegal RECRUITING never proper for long!!! Just ask Reggie Bush & USC - no Heisman & no National Championship. Their daty is coming.

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13valleyred(1097 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

WHERE IS THE PROOF?? You guys bought into this hype of believing something that is posted over and over and over again must be true..

I must say, I get a good laugh out of all of this. But nothing beats the fact that I got a tremendous college prep. education that prepared me for my education I am now receiving at Youngstown State. A few of my professors have told me they could tell I attended Ursuline because I was so far ahead of my classmates in various studies...

That my friends is the Ursuline Edge!

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14SoupCity85(25 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Valleyred, dude, please tell me you're joking?? Cause if you're not, you actually will be the laughing stock of Youngstown, Ohio. Yes, Ursuline and Mooney DO recruit for football.

As far as being Div 5 in football, never let anyone fool you. Your school limits the amount of young men they bring in to the school. Just so they can stay in a lower division. I've been out of Youngstown for 24 years now and that has not changed.

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15Erplane(482 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Congrats Ursuline!

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16seminole(476 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Valley, dude, take off your red rose colored glasses and admit it. You think the football program is as good as it is by having the neighborhood kids enroll? And the vouchers? Like those don't somehow end up in all the right hands. And props to you for being so well educated that a YSU prof could tell you went to Ursuline. Maybe it's because you're a pompous ass? Maybe that gave you away? And an edge would have been you landing at a private college, not YSU.

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17sparky22(14 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

It is just like people to jump on the hate train when a Catholic school wins anything. It isn't because the kids there have talent. It isn't because the kids there are disciplined. It isn't because the parents of those kids are sacrificing so much to pay for tuition there. It must only be because the school recruits. If you say Ursuline and Mooney recruit just because they are Catholic schools, then I say any school with an open enrollment policy recruits as well. Can anyone think back to how Clarett ended up at Harding? It couldn't have been because he was recruited. I mean that is unheard of in a public school. I feel something happened like that to a some Ursuline athletes leaving the school to play elsewhere too. Why would they go elsewhere when they were recruited so heavily to play at Ursuline?

Disgustedjoker, stop being ignorant about what a Catholic school actually is. It doesn't mean that everyone there follows the faith. It means that the school is brought up in the faith. The Ursuline Sisters that founded the school over 100 years ago weren't just Christians, they were Catholics. Thus Ursuline is a Catholic school.

SoupCity85, you need to stop being ignorant as well. Ursuline is in Div V because they are not getting the enrollment that they would like to. It has been going down. In this economy, a lot of people would rather get tax payer paid schooling in a public arena for their kid than spend tuition for their kid at a private school and their taxes so another kid can go to school as well. Ursuline would never turn down a student just to remain in the same division in a sport. Especially when there is always a constant thought of having to merge with Mooney.

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18valleyred(1097 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

First off soupcity85, I am NOT joking. If we recruit, the OHSAA should have plenty of evidence to dish out a recruiting violation against Ursuline and/or Mooney. As of now... THEY HAVE NOTHING.

Ursuline would never limit the number of boys in the school; are you that naive. Ursuline needs as many possible people to enroll their as possible just to keep the place afloat, hence the high cost of tuition.

Secondly Seminole, I'm not going to stoop to your pathetically low level of degrading a school or a person, I am much better than that.

You folks are nothing but JEALOUS of the successes of Ursuline and Mooney.... Oh and I am not talking about just on in sports, I am talking about in academics and in fine arts too where Ursuline and Mooney have the edge over the local public school districts too.

Go Ursuline!

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