SALEM — Lukas Swartz was at the Canton Memorial Field House Thursday with teammate Nathan Stephenson, watching Tallmadge in a district semifinal, thinking about Mogadore winning a district title and earning a trip to Canton.

It’s been four years since Connor Kerr last dropped by Canton to watch the 2014-2015 Wildcats at the regional level.

It's been seven years since a team outside of Canton Central Catholic and St. Thomas Aquinas captured the Division III Salem District title.

Mogadore broke the streak, in just its second year in Division III, beating CCC 43-40 in Friday’s Division III Salem District championship game.

“It’s just phenomenal,” Wildcats coach Russ Swartz said. “Words can’t describe it.”

Next up, Mogadore, district champions for the first time since 2014-2015, gets Edgewood in a Wednesday regional semifinal slated for a 6:15 p.m. tip.

“I’m excited,” said Lukas Swartz, who led all scorers Friday with 21 points. “It’s a great crowd and a great place to play.”

A year ago, the Wildcats faced doom and gloom in their district title game loss to the Crusaders. Up one after eight minutes, Mogadore was out-scored 28-11 in the middle quarters as the game drifted out of reach.

“We knew we were up at the end of the first and it went away from us,” said Swartz, a junior guard. “We knew we couldn’t let it happen again.”

They didn't. This time, it was Mogadore dominating the second quarter, 12-3, holding CCC without a field goal.

“We quit getting screened off so easy,” Russ Swartz said. “We just tried to go under the ball screen and stay on our guy, and when we did that, we were really effective in the last three quarters.”

The Wildcats held the lead from the opening minutes of the second until the final buzzer — barely.

Their lead down to one with under three minutes to play, Swartz drained a pair of free throws for a 39-36 lead. Following a strip of a dangerous-looking CCC drive to the basket, Stephenson, a junior, found senior Kyle Coffman cutting to the bucket to go up five.

With 1:44 remaining, Crusaders senior guard Corlin Armour-Smith came to a halt in the paint and pulled out for a jumper to draw within three, then with 45.4 ticks to play, hit another short jumper, this time off a post and fade, to cut within 41-40.

Swartz, with 24.9 seconds to go, drew a foul and hit another pair from the line.

Leading 43-40, Kerr, a senior forward, blocked a potential game-tying 3-pointer but was called for contact after the block. The Crusaders missed all three free throws. The third was tipped out to CCC, but a last-ditch 3 was off.