Ohio Preps Rdp.: State Finals Preview
Brandon Saine
Brandon Saine
Managing Editor
Posted Nov 28, 2006


OSU verbal Brandon Saine rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns to lead Piqua to a 22-9 win over Cincinnati Turpin in a Division II state semifinal game last weekend. Click this free link for a look at the state semifinal results and a preview of this weekend's state championship games. Watch all six state title games on ONN as well as the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team show at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Here is a recap of the state semifinals from last weekend and a preview of the state championship games, set for the coming weekend:

State Semifinals Results

DIVISION I

Hilliard Davidson 10, Cin. Colerain 6 – Davidson’s Bo Delande scored the game’s only touchdown on a 4-yard run in the third quarter that gave his team a 10-3 lead. Colerain was denied in its bid to win a second title in three years.

Mentor 18, Can. McKinley 13 – Mentor pulled off a dramatic upset over powerhouse McKinley as QB Bart Tanski hit Bill Deitman with an 18-yard TD pass with just 33 seconds left for the win. That capped an 11-play, 72-yard drive. Tanski completed 19 of 37 passes for 214 yards and two TDs. McKinley RB Morgan Williams had 126 yards and 1 TD on 27 carries. He ended the year with 2,456 yards and 34 TDs.

DIVISION II

Pickerington Cent. 7, Macedonia Nordonia 3 – Central prevailed in a defensive battle. RB Jordan Jarrell had 117 yards on 32 carries and QB Chazz Anderson scored the game’s only TD on a 1-yard run. Nordonia RB Jordan Mabin, a Northwestern verbal who had 2,295 yards and 30 TDs this year coming in, was held to 59 yards on 17 carries.

Piqua 22, Cin. Turpin 9 – OSU verbal Brandon Saine rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns to lead Piqua. Saine carried 25 times, including a 52-yard touchdown run. Andy Cruse caught six passes for 118 yards for Turpin. Saine now has 2,016 yards and 32 TDs (28 rushing) on the season. A crowd of 10,000 attended the game at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.

DIVISION III

Kettering Alter 31, New Albany 7 – Alter’s Tony Boyle had a blocked punt return for a score and teammate Steve O’Donnell had a pair of TD runs.

Steubenville 48, Aurora 13 – QB Zach Collaros completed 11 of 14 passes for 293 yards and six TDs as defending state champion Steubenville cruised to its 29th straight win. Maurice Bougard caught TD passes of 53, 39 and 67 yards.

DIVISION IV

Plain City Jonathan Alder 24, Oak Harbor 7 – Previously unbeaten Oak Harbor was upset. Austin Schlosser threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rapp to give Jonathan Alder a 10-7 lead in the final five minutes. The Pioneers scored two more touchdowns in the final minute of the game on interceptions.

Youngs. Mooney 49, Bellaire 7 – The Cardinals smothered Bellaire in a battle of unbeatens, notching three defensive touchdowns and collecting five interceptions. Brandon Beachum started the scoring with a 55-yard fumble return. Taylor Hill then intercepted a shovel pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. Hill later blocked a punt and Michael Zordich scored on a 5-yard run on the next play to make it 21-0. Jemelle Bowers scored on a 53-yard run to make it 28-0. Dan McCarthy scored on a 66-yard run, Zordich returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown and Mike Cylar scored on a 6-yard run for Mooney. The loss ended the career of Bellaire coach John Magistro, who was 181-76 with two state runner-up finishes in 23 years at the school.

DIVISION V

St. Henry 28, Findlay Liberty-Benton 21 – Bruising fullback Andy Puthoff rumbled for 311 yards and three TDs, including the 36-yard game winner with 2:04 left, for St. Henry. Puthoff now has over 2,200 yards and 34 TDs on the season.

Warren JFK 34, Amanda-Clearcreek 6 – JFK QB J.J. Townsend threw three TD passes. JFK forced four A-C turnovers.

DIVISION VI

Maria Stein Marion Local 47, Norwalk St. Paul 6 – Marc Otte rushed for 265 yards and three TDs for Marion Local. Chris Stucke threw for one touchdown and ran for another for Marion Local.

Shadyside 45, Mogadore 7 – Shadyside’s Taylor Jovicic rushed for 124 yards and four TDs and also returned the second-half kickoff 86 yards for a TD. QB Billy Merryman threw for 246 yards and connected with Nathaniel Haney for two TDs.

State Championship Games

All of the state championship games will be televised live by Ohio News Network. Tune in at 6 p.m. Saturday as well for the unveiling of the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team.

DIVISION I

At Fawcett Stadium, Canton

Mentor (13-1) vs. Hilliard Davidson (14-0), Saturday, 7 p.m. – A first-time state champion will be crowned as these two teams each reach the state title game for the first time. Mentor’s only loss was to Cleveland St. Ignatius. Davidson is the first central Ohio team to reach the D-I state final since Upper Arlington in 2000.

DIVISION II

At Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Massillon

Pickerington Cent. (13-1) vs. Piqua (12-2), Friday, 7 p.m. – This is also a match-up of two teams in search of their first state title. Central’s lone loss was to Lancaster, while Piqua’s only losses were at the hands of Grove City and league rival Clayton Northmont.

DIVISION III

At Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Massillon

Steubenville (14-0) vs. Kettering Alter (14-0), Saturday, 3 p.m. – Steubenville is playing in its fifth state title game and seeks to become the 23rd team in state history to repeat as a champion. The Big Red, who also won a playoff title in 1984, have won 29 straight games. Alter is in its fifth state final four, but this is its first state title game appearance.

DIVISION IV

At Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Massillon

Youngs. Mooney (13-0) vs. Plain City Jonathan Alder (13-1), Friday, 11 a.m. – Mooney is in search of its sixth state title and second in three years after reaching the championship game as well last year. This is Alder’s first state title game appearance. Alder’s lone loss was to Columbus St. Charles in Week 8.

DIVISION V

At Fawcett Stadium, Canton

Warren JFK (14-0) vs. St. Henry (13-1), Saturday, 11 a.m. – St. Henry is in the finals for the eighth time and is in search of its sixth state title. It would also be a second title in three years for St. Henry. St. Henry’s only loss was to league rival Coldwater in Week 5. This will be JFK’s fourth state title game appearance and the Eagles won the 1991 title.

DIVISION VI

At Fawcett Stadium, Canton

Shadyside (11-2) vs. Maria Stein Marion Local (12-2), Friday, 3 p.m. – Marion Local won state titles in 2000 and 2001 and was the runner-up in 2003. The Flyers’ losses were to Coldwater and St. Henry. Shadyside will make its first-ever state title game appearance. Shadyside’s losses were to Wheeling (W.Va.) Central Catholic and Barnesville.



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