Cleveland Glenville advanced to the Ohio Division-I state title game with a hard-fought 31-17 win over Massillon. The Tarbloooders will play Hilliard Davidson for the championship this Saturday at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.
Glenville was involved in a tight battle with Massillon late in the third quarter when junior star Shane Wynn changed the momentum of the game by taking a short pass and sprinting 71 yards to the end zone. That gave Glenville a lead they would never relinquish.
"We really needed to make something happen at that point to get the momentum on our side," Wynn said of his touchdown. "That play happened because our quarterback [Cardale Jones] is so smart. He motioned me to leave the flat area and head to the middle of the field, and I just did what he wanted me to do. Once I caught the football all I saw was green turf in front of me, and I tried to beat everybody to the end zone."
It was sweet redemption for Wynn, who had earlier fumbled a punt leading to a Massillon score.
"That was a huge mistake and I knew I owed it to my teammates to make it up to them," he said. "That's why we are so good as a team. When someone makes a mistake, we always pick that person up, or he picks himself up. We don't get down on ourselves, or on each other. That's why we are heading to the state championship game."
This will be Glenville's first-ever appearance in the state finals, a fact that did not go unnoticed by Wynn.
"It means a lot to our community and all the Glenville people," Wynn said. "It has never been done before and we need to try to win it all for everyone who supports us. Guys like Robert Rose and Ray Small are big stars at Ohio State, but they played high school ball for Glenville and were here tonight, and we want to win it for guys like that."
Although Wynn, 5-7 and 160 pounds, is one of the smallest players on the team, he has attracted a lot of recruiting interest from some of the top programs in the country.
"I have offers from Miami of Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee, North Carolina, Buffalo and Bowling Green," Wynn said. "I think all the schools see me as a slot receiver. I'm going to have a hard time picking a school because they are all great. I will just have to go on my visits and see where I fit in best. I was at the Ohio State game against Wisconsin and had a great time. I'm pretty familiar with Ohio State and I like everything about them. A lot of Glenville kids have had a lot of success there, but that doesn't mean I'm definitely going to Ohio State. I want to check out a lot of schools and find out where I fit in the best."
Cleveland Glenville advanced to the Ohio Division I championship game with a thrilling 31-17 win over Massillon last Saturday. Junior Shane Wynn made the biggest play of the game, a 71-yard catch and run, to break a third quarter tie. Bill Greene caught up with Wynn after the game to get his thoughts on the victory.
Glenville junior Shane Wynn helped the Tarblooders advance to the state championship.
Wynn had a big play against Massillon.