Amir Edwards has rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns to help Toledo Central Catholic win its second Ohio state Division II football championship by beating defending champion Trotwood-Madison 16-12.
The 14-1 Fighting Irish held Trotwood-Madison running back Isreal Green to 56 yards on 14 carries Friday night. A year ago, Green had 326 yards and six touchdowns when the Rams won the title.
Trotwood-Madison is 12-3. It got a pair of touchdown passes from Messiah Deweaver in the fourth quarter. He hit Ryon Lucas from 13 yards with 9:20 to play and connected with Demarcus Wilson from 24 yards with 2:38 left.
Toledo Central Catholic also won the title in 2005.
CLARKSVILLE CLINTON-MASSIE 46, St. clairsville 36
Bayle Wolf’s biggest play wasn’t one of his five touchdowns.
Wolf ran for 220 yards and all those scores, but his interception with 1:30 left helped preserve Clinton-Massie’s 46-36 win over St. Clairsville on Friday for the Falcons’ first state Division IV football championship.
“It was huge,” Wolf said. “They had some momentum. I was just so happy. I had some green ahead of me, but I just slid down so that I didn’t make a mistake and just win the game.”
Wolf scored on a 9-yard run and 36-yard pass from Tyler Uetrecht in the first three minutes for the Falcons (15-0). They totaled 822 points this year, a state record for any level.
“That’s just an overwhelming feat,” coach Dan McSurley said. “You don’t go into a season thinking you can do that.”
St. Clairsville (14-1) rallied from a 19-0 deficit in its first title game. The Red Devils got within 39-36 as Matt Kinnick passed for 437 yards. The senior quarterback had scoring throws of 7, 76, 9 yards and 46 yards to Jerrid Marhefka.
“It was as we expected, a lot of emotion and both teams showed some of the fireworks that people thought would happen,” Red Devils coach Brett McLean said. “We couldn’t quite claw all the way back.”
Marhefka had nine receptions and a title-game record 272 yards. Kinnick finished 21 of 39 for 437 yards, two shy of the state title game mark in the division.
“We played well, got into our offense, but they are so tough to stop,” Kinnick said. “They just overwhelmed us in blocking.”
Clinton-Massie totaled 408 yards on 60 carries. Wyatt Running added 101 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown.
Maria stein marion local 28, NEWARK CATHOLIC 21
Hunter Wilker had not practiced even one play at running back all year.
Pressed into service due to injuries, the freshman wide receiver ran for three touchdowns to lead Maria Stein Marion Local to its sixth state football championship, a 28-21 win over Newark Catholic in Division VI on Friday.
Wilker scored on a 1-yard run with 21 seconds left to put the Flyers (13-2) ahead.
Newark Catholic (12-3), seeking its ninth state title, incredibly drove into position to tie it, but Nate Nagel broke up a potential touchdown at the goal line with no time left.
“This is the toughest game I’ve ever coached,” said Tim Goodwin, whose record at the small school from western Ohio improved to 154-40. “Of all the championships, this was the hardest, without a doubt.”
The Flyers repeated as champions despite losing starting tailback Jacy Goettemoeller to a leg injury on the first drive of the game and his replacement Aaron Nietfeld with a shoulder problem in the third quarter.