Marion Local gets 3-peat, Coldwater goes back-to-back in Massillon


MASSILLON — Marion Local's 33-0 win over Trimble in the Division VII state title game on Saturday made the Flyers the seventh school in Ohio High School Athletic Association history to win three or more consecutive titles, joining Cincinnati Moeller, Cleveland St. Ignatius, Delphos St. John’s, Newark Catholic, Versailles and Youngstown Ursuline

“It means a lot to us and our community,” Marion Local quarterback Adam Bertke said. “Just to be out there with those top schools, it’s an awesome honor.”

It was the seventh state title for the Associated Press’ top-ranked team. The win over the No. 3 Tomcats (14-1) extended the Flyers’ winning streak to 22 games.

Marion Local broke the game open in the third quarter, picking off AP co-offensive player of the year Konner Standley on consecutive possessions and quickly turning those turnovers into points.

Peyton Kramer’s interception gave Marion Local the ball on the Trimble 11 and Jacy Goettemoeller scored on the next play to make it 19-0. Chris Lochtefeld picked off another pass on Trimble’s next possession and Bertke scored on a 3-yard run to give Marion Local a 26-point lead.

“I think it really took them out of what they wanted to do offensively,” Flyers coach Tim Goodwin said. “It really played into our hands. We match up really well when teams want to spread us out and throw the ball. It’s kind of our strength. It was bad news for them.”

The Flyers totaled 414 yards of offense, including 153 rushing. Bertke finished 17-of-28 for 216 yards and added 47 yards rushing. Jacy Goettemoeller had 44 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

“Once we get into a groove we have the mentality that no one can stop us,” Bertke said. “Once we settle down and everyone knows what they’re doing, it’s good.”

Coldwater repeats in Division 5

MASSILLON —   Coldwater beat Columbus Bishop Hartley 24-7 on Saturday at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium for its second straight championship and fourth since 2005.

The Cavaliers  turned what had been a defensive struggle into a comfortable win by scoring twice in the span of 2:40 in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Brody Hoying rushed for 145 yards and scored three touchdowns — two in the short span late in the fourth quarter — living up to his choice as the Associated Press offensive player of the year in Division V. Hoying, a 5-10, 180-pound junior, also completed 7 of 12 passes for 83 yards during what was a close, intense game.

The cousin of former Ohio State standouts Bobby Hoying and Adam and Matt Homan, Hoying also came up with a key interception on his 3-yard line. It came as Hartley was driving for what would have been a go-ahead touchdown on the third play of the fourth quarter with Coldwater protecting a 3-point lead.

Hoying returned his interception 33 yards and ignited a 10-play, 64-yard scoring drive in which he carried the ball eight times — including six in a row — for 59 yards. He capped the drive by running around right end and diving into the end zone from three yards, extending Coldwater’s lead to 17-7 with 5:26 left.

Hoying completed the scoring when he went 32 yards after Hartley (13-2) turned the ball over on downs near midfield.

Hoying and Mitch Schoenherr combined to run for 205 yards, while Brandewie and teammates Alonzo Saxton and Sam Mackowiak accounted for most of the Hawks’ 206 yards. Brandewie scored Hartley’s only touchdown on a 7-yard run in the third quarter.