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Hoban 30, Trotwood-Madison 0: Knights win second Division III football state championship in a row

By Michael Beaven Published: December 3, 2016

COLUMBUS: Archbishop Hoban senior Todd Sibley rushed through the Trotwood-Madison defense on Saturday, and then went for a stroll all around Ohio Stadium.

Sibley rushed for a touchdown, accepted the Division III state championship trophy on the field with his fellow captains and then sprinted over to the Hoban student section to celebrate a 30-0 victory before a crowd of 7,396.

At a quick glance, it was tough to determine if he chewed up more yards in the game or during the aftermath, which included belting out the alma mater while sitting on a ledge in front of his classmates.

“There are so many things to take away from this,” Sibley said. “We are a hard working group of people and we love each other. . . . We just embraced this moment.”

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Perry, Hoban, CCC ready for title games. Take our poll and let us know who is most likely to win

By Dan Kadar Published: December 1, 2016
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It's state title week in high school football and three Akron-area teams have a chance for a trophy.

Things for our local teams start tonight with Perry (12-2) playing Cincinnati La Salle (12-2) at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. As Michael Beaven writes, Perry is in the title game even with a predictable offense.

Archbishop Hoban stars Todd Sibley and Danny Clark suit up for the Knights (13-1) for the final time on Saturday. Hoban will play Trotwood-Madison (12-2) at 3 p.m. in the Division III state final at Ohio Stadium.

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Firestone defeats Buchtel 19-7 in football

By Michael Beaven Published: October 29, 2016

Firestone 19, Buchtel 7 – Senior Jordan Jones tossed a touchdown pass and rushed for a touchdown to guide the Falcons (4-6, 4-2 City Series) to a football victory over the host Griffins (4-6, 4-2) on Saturday afternoon.

Firestone junior Justin Moore caught the touchdown pass from Jones, and also blocked a punt that sophomore Josh Mitchell scooped up in the end zone for a touchdown.

Senior Kurt Jones rushed for Buchtel’s touchdown.

East (7-3, 6-0) is expected to make the playoffs in Division III. After utilizing a tiebreaker based on point differential between the games between Buchtel, Ellet and Firestone, it was determined that Firestone and Ellet (8-2, 4-2) will play in the City Series Postseason Final on Thursday at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium.

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Previewing and picking the best Week 10 high school football games (video)

By Ohio.com Published: October 28, 2016

It's the final week of high school football, and Scot Fagerstrom and Michael Beaven are back to make their picks.

 

 

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Previewing and picking the best Week 9 high school football games (video)

By Ohio.com Published: October 20, 2016

Michael Beaven and Scot Fagerstrom take a look at the best games in the area for Week 9 of high school football. Below the video, check out all their picks from the week,and the picks from deputy sports editor Rich Stallsmith.

 

 

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Previewing and picking the best Week 8 high school football games (video)

By Dan Kadar Published: October 13, 2016

It's already Week 8 of the high school football season, and there is a full slate of good games. Arguably the most notable game of the week is Archbishop Hoban at Walsh Jesuit.

On this week's Gridlocks video, reporter Michael Beaven and editor Scot Fagerstrom break down that game and some of the other top contests of the wekk.

Find their picks, and the picks from editor Rich Stallsmith after the video.

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Previewing and picking the best Week 7 high school football games (video)

By Ohio.com Published: October 6, 2016

Beacon Journal and Ohio.com sports writer Michael Beaven and sports editor Scot Fagerstrom are back to preview the best high school football games of Week 7.

It's a loaded week, with plenty of big matchups, so watch their preview video and see their picks below.

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Previewing and picking the best games of Week 6 of high school football (video)

By Ohio.com Published: September 29, 2016

Michael Beaven and Scot Fagerstrom are back to preview the best high school football games of the week.

You can find their picks, as well as the picks from deputy sports editor Rich Stallsmith below the video. Scot is narrowly in first place in the picks this year, but it's a close race. Where did the guys get their picks wrong? Let us know in the comments.

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Hoban quarterback Danny Clark walks away from Ohio State commitment, plans to look at other colleges

By Michael Beaven Published: September 28, 2016

Archbishop Hoban senior quarterback Danny Clark has had a change of heart with regards to his commitment to play football at Ohio State University.

Clark announced Tuesday on his Twitter account that he plans to play college football elsewhere. He pledged to the Buckeyes in December of 2013 during his freshman year at Massillon, and has a block O tattoo on his left arm.

“I never for one second pictured a scenario where I wasn’t wearing the Scarlet and Grey,” Clark wrote. “But sometimes God has a funny way of putting us in situations only he knows we are strong enough to handle. In the past few months I have been forced to accept the fact that as a pro style QB, maybe my style of play would be a good fit elsewhere. At first I couldn’t accept it. I spent a lot of nights crying and praying for an answer I thought I already knew.

“But sometimes the writing is on the wall, and you just have to see through the tears to read what it says.. It is with a very heavy heart, and with a clear conscience that I am officially decommitting from OSU, and will now open up my recruitment for the first time since this all began. I want every single Buckeye fan to know how much I truly love and appreciate you with all my heart!”

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Previewing and picking the best games from Week 5 of high school football (video)

By Ohio.com Published: September 22, 2016

Michael Beaven and Scot Fagerstrom are back to preview the best games of Week 5 of the high school football season. That includes a big rivalry game at InfoCision Stadium on Friday night.

Find all of their picks, and the picks from Rich Stallsmith, below the video.

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