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COLUMBUS — Everything had to go perfectly for Minster in the game’s final two minutes in order to pull off the greatest escape of a playoff run full of them.
Going from despair to elation in a matter four minutes and 18 seconds, Minster football earned its first state title in a quarter century in dramatic fashion against the state’s top-ranked team on Friday night at Ohio Stadium.
As the Midwest Athletic Conference tries to add three more state football titles to its respective trophy cases this weekend, here’s a look at their staggering accomplishments:
GOETTEMOELLER AND WILKER
For all the pressure that comes with playoff football, Minster head coach Geron Stokes said his team has embraced the atmosphere. Now they’ll get to soak it in one more week in the famed Horseshoe.
“We’re just flying around and having fun,” Stokes said.
While Minster’s opponent Kirtland is making its fourth straight appearance in the state championship game, the move in venue to Ohio Stadium adds to the excitement of Friday’s Division VI state championship game.
The Kirtland Hornets aren’t into tricks, gimmicks or complication. Two tight ends, a pair of fullbacks, a running back dotting the I-formation and the crunching of shoulder pads.
“Our motto is we’re going to do what we do,” Kirtland head coach Tiger LaVerde said on Monday. “We always say we’re going to learn these five plays and run them better than anybody in the state.”
Those five plays have been enough to make the Hornets into one of Ohio’s best programs.
WAPAKONETA —It was only fitting that the game ended with a kick after the major role special teams played in Friday night’s state semifinal contest.
Minster watched, pleaded, prayed as Tinora kicker Josh Camp’s 27-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds of Friday night’s Division VI state semifinal football game drifted wide left. The miss assured the Wildcats of a 14-13 win over previously-unbeaten Tinora and locked in a berth in the state championship game next Friday at the Horseshoe.
Cin. La Salle 48, Lewis Center Olentangy 13
Macedonia Nordonia 52, Mayfield 14
Athens 34, Akr. SVSM 31
Tol. Cent. Cath. 17, Trotwood-Madison 14
Alliance Marlington 67, Hartville Lake Center Christian 25
Ashland 64, Lodi Cloverleaf 53
Ashland Crestview 72, Jeromesville Hillsdale 33
Ashland Mapleton 66, Lucas 27
Batavia 67, Cin. Woodward 17
Beavercreek 57, Miamisburg 43
Bellevue 86, Port Clinton 46
Bloom-Carroll 35, Groveport-Madison 32
Botkins 32, DeGraff Riverside 25
PIQUA — Minster football is headed to the state semifinals for the first time since that charmed year of 1989, when the Wildcats won the school’s lone state football championship.
The Wildcats won a Division VI regional title with a 35-0 romp over West Liberty-Salem at Alexander Stadium in Piqua on Friday night.
Twenty-five years later, the 2014 edition is now just two wins away from another state championship. And they’ve made it look easy the last two weeks.
TROTWOOD MADISON 34, WAPAKONETA 28
SIDNEY — Two lost fumbles by the Wapakoneta Redskins doomed their chance of unseating the Trotwood-Madison Rams.
Losing the opportunity to score, the Redskins defense could not make enough stops to survive the Rams in four overtime sessions, as Trotwood-Madison prevailed in a 34-28 four overtime thriller Friday at Sidney Memorial Stadium.
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Cin. La Salle 38, Cin. Mt. Healthy 6
Lewis Center Olentangy 41, Dublin Scioto 29
Macedonia Nordonia 52, Midview 14
Mayfield 34, Bedford 32
Akr. SVSM 26, Hubbard 23
Athens 52, Cols. DeSales 20
Tol. Cent. Cath. 35, Clyde 3
Trotwood-Madison 34, Wapakoneta 28, 4OT
Cle. Benedictine 35, Bay Village Bay 7
Kenton 38, Wauseon 14