Minster Falls To Warren JFK In State Championship

Staff Writer

An eight-game losing streak has finally come to an end.

A team that didn't look like they would be in this position sees its season end at the Division VII state championship as the Minster Wildcats fell to Warren JFK 24-6 on Saturday.

The Wildcats (10-5) scored first with a Jared Huelsman one-yard touchdown plunge with 1:51 left in the opening quarter, but a missed extra point made it 6-0.

Turnovers on three straight drives, the final coming on a Huelsman interception off the hands of receiver Bryce Schmiesing, led to the Eagles' first score and a 7-6 lead with 6:02 left in the first half.

That was the beginning of 24 straight points scored by the Eagles led by running back Evan Boyd's state championship record of 166 yards and two scores on 36 attempts. The backbreaker came on a 39-yard TD run by Boyd on fourth down in the fourth quarter that sealed the game. The previous record in  a state championship game was 160 yards. He also holds the record for the most carries.

The Wildcats were 2-4 at one point in the season, getting an upset win against Coldwater that propelled them to an eight-game winning streak. They enjoyed postseason wins against Lehman Catholic in a regional semifinal, Upper Scioto Valley in a regional semi, a revenge win against Fort Recovery in a regional final and a comeback victory against McComb last week in a state semifinal.

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