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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
WAPAKONETA — The Marion Local juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down.
The three-time defnding state champion Flyers won their 34th straight game with a 35-0 whitewashing of fellow Midwest Athletic Conference member Fort Recovery on Saturday night in a Division VII regional quarterfinal at Harmon Field.
“I feel good about where we are,” Marion Local head coach Tim Goodwin said. “We’re healthy. But I still think we can play better than this.”
2014 OHSAA Football Playoffs – Third Round Pairings