Loveland 41, Glenville 23
Loveland defeated Glenville 41-23 in the Ohio Division II high school football final to win its first state title.
In a driving snowstorm at Canton Fawcett Stadium, Loveland’s defense was cold-blooded Friday as Michael Weber was part of a unit that forced seven turnovers. Weber forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery.
It was the Tigers’ first finals appearance and snapped a 13-game winning streak by the Tarblooders.
Loveland is 15-0 and the No. 2 team in the Associated Press’ poll. It scored 34 points off Glenville miscues to send the 13-2 Tarblooders home without a state title in their second try.
Clinton-Massie 27, Cardinal Mooney 21
Clarksville Clinton-Massie put together an effective ground game and rallied in the second half to defeat Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, 27-21, and win Ohio’s Division IV title for the second consecutive year amid a steady snowfall as plows intermittently cleared the field Friday at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
The Falcons rallied in the second half and scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:10 remaining following a pass-interference penalty that put the ball on the Mooney 10-yard line with 2:18 to play. Bayle Wolf, the Associated Press Division IV offensive player of the year scored the game-winning touchdown on a 2-yard run, his third touchdown of the day.
Wolf and his younger brother, Chase, were the go-to guys for Clinton-Massie, which became the third school this weekend to repeat as a state champion. Bayle Wolf rushed for 172 yards on 33 carries, while Chase Wolf finished with 91 yards on 20 carries.
Kirtland 44, Wayne Trace 16
Adam Hess rushed 177 yards, scored two touchdowns and added two 2-point conversions to lead Kirtland over Wayne Trace in the Division VI state finals at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.
Sam Kukura added 196 yards and a touchdown for the Hornets (15-0) as Kirtland, which has won 44 of its past 45 games, won its second title in three years.
The Hornets logged the fourth-most total yards of offense in a state championship, finishing with 588 yards in a game played amid light snow flurries.
Wayne Trace (13-2) tied the score in the second quarter on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Colby Speice to Jake Arend. That woke up Kirtland, the top-ranked team in the Associated Press poll, and the Hornets rolled off 36 consecutive points on the strength of Hess and Kukura.
By halftime, the duo had 276 yards rushing and three touchdowns. It led to a 381-138 edge on offense at the break.