After beating South Range at Stambaugh Stadium, Ursuline traveled 217 one-way miles to knock off opponents in Green Twp. (vs. Norwayne Creston); Aurora (vs. Kirtland) and Ashland (vs. Lima Central Catholic) before settling into more familiar confines at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium, where the Irish won a third consecutive Div. V state championship by beating Coldwater.
Ursuline outscored the five teams, 247-79.
Ursuline also beat formidable competition in the regular season, including 2010 Div. II state semifinalist Mentor Lake Catholic.
The Irish, who may become known as the Bryson Street Bullies, became just the sixth school to win three straight football titles.
“I couldn’t ask for a better group of linemen,” Ursuline center Pete Wearsch said following the 51-21 win over Coldwater.
Wearsch started at right tackle against Coldwater in 2009.
As the 2010 game against Coldwater wound down, Wearsch, who earned third-team all-Ohioan in Div. V, got some rare time on defense.
“I kind of asked coach at the end of the game to put me in just one series before I graduate,” Wearsch said following Ursuline’s most recent win that capped a 15-0 season.
Akise Teague led Ursuline’s rushing attack with 2,475 yards.
Teague’s pattern of explosive touchdown runs followed the analogy of dime in the backfield, dollar at the line of scrimmage and depository in the end zone.