COLUMBUS: It is a bit of an odd site when you walk into Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus.
What is a statue of an American Football legend doing in a major league futbol park?
Lamar Hunt was obviously involved with a lot more than being an NFL patriarch.
After being one of the founders of the American Football League, Hunt did the same for the defunct North American Soccer League in 1968 and most recently Major League Soccer. At the time of his death in 2006, Hunt owned the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas.
Not only is the AFC trophy in the NFL named in his honor, but so is the oldest annual team tournament (1914) in any United States sport, soccer’s US Open Cup.
Hunt is inducted into three Hall of fames: The Pro Football Hall of Fame, National Soccer Hall of Fame and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He was also an original investor of the Chicago Bulls.
His son Clark now owns the Crew.
OTHER PREGAME THOUGHTS:
You couldn't ask for better weather.
It's 67 degrees in Columbus and very sunny.
It's mid-November and everyone is in short sleeves. I am sweating in my jeans in the press box and there have been pressbox jokes about returning home with a tan. At 3:30 they finally turned the air conditioner on.
Today's slate of games:
Division III boy's state championship game: CVCA 3, Worthington Christian 2
In a rematch from last year's title game, CVCA earned its third state championship in school history and got some revenge from last year's over time loss to the Warriors.
Senior Jack Thompson was part of all three goals by CVCA. He assisted on the first, setting up junior Sachem Wilson on the left sideline with about three minutes remaining in the first half.
Wilson cut back in front of the net and bent a shot around a defender, and the goaltender, hitting the top right corner of the net from about 20 yards away. it tied the score at one.
In the 47th minute, Thompson cleaned up Matt Akindipe's ricochet off the crossbar for a goal of his own.
After Worthington Christian's Ben Tjoelker tied the game at two in the 53rd minute, Thompson took the kickoff and sent it down the left sideline to Evan Crocker.
Crocker spun inside a defender and scored from about 17 yards out to give the Royals all the room they would need, just 10 seconds after Tjoelker's tying goal.
Division II boy's state championship game:
Dayton Carroll 3, Revere 2
The Minutemen fell short of winning the first soccer state championship in school history, falling to Dayton Carroll.
It seemed like Revere was a step behind the entire night.
When Revere settled down after a rocky start and started connecting on their passes better, Carroll sophomore Zach Zwiesler split between two defenders as senior Kyle Johnson threaded the ball through an even tighter hole to give the Patriots a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute.
In the second half, Carroll jumped out to a 2-0 lead when in the 55th minute when Carroll senior Jonah Ritter placed a corner kick right in front of the net. The ball found the head of senior forward Justin Chu, who redirected it into the back of the net.
It only seemed to ignite Revere.
Two minutes after the Carroll goal, Revere junior Colin Romisher won a 50-50 ball with Carroll goalie Steven Foreman. Ryan Zeno earned the assist.
But after, Carroll senior Carl Petkoff beat a defender in front of the net it became academic.
A minute later, Revere senior Ben Deighton was awarded a penalty kick after a hold in the box, and brought the Minutemen within one again, but they could not punch in another goal after that.
Division I boy's state championship game:
St. Ignatius Vs. Centerville, 7 p.m.
Note: I will not be covering this game.
Division II girl's state championship game:
Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown (13-9-1) Vs. Cincinnati Madeira (20-0-3), 10 a.m.
Note: I will not be covering this game.
Division I girl's state championship game:
Walsh Jesuit (18-1-3) Vs. Pickerington North(20-2), 1:30 p.m.
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