DIVISION VII Glouster Trimble vs. McComb
FINAL McComb: 28 Glouster Trimble: 3
The McComb Panthers ate up clock controlling the ball for over 34 minutes in their 28-3 win over the Trimble Tomcats to capture their first state title since 1983.
All four Panther scores came on the ground led by Tanner Schroeder on their first offensive possession when he raced 40 yards for the first of his two touchdowns on the day. Schroeder would finish with 107 yards rushing on 19 carries.
Kheaghan Loe would add 86 yards on 12 carries and a score while Jacob Dillon also added a score.
While it would be easy to focus only on the Panthers offense, defense played a key role in the win as the Panthers posted 11 stops for loss (44-yards) and three interceptions. Kaden Sherick led the Panthers with 11 total tackles and an interception, that he would return for 39 yards. Brice Markel led the Panthers with three tackles for loss and Tyler Durfey recorded two interceptions along with a pass break-up.
DIVISION V Johnstown-Monroe vs. Orrville
FINAL Orrville: 49 Johnstown-Monroe: 34
While the Division VII game featured defense, the Division V match-up brought offensive excitement with a combined 907-yards of total offense and 83 combined points on the scoreboard. Making the offensive numbers even more impressive was the fact 710 yards were rushing yards setting a new OHSAA championship game record. Add in the fact 11 out of the 12 touchdowns where scored on the ground, and you can see what this was a game to remember.
The game also proved to be the coming out party for Red Riders sophomore Marquael Parks to many. While Parks already holds offers from Cincinnati and Toledo, his 198 yards rushing, and three touchdowns are sure to have other schools taking notice.
Parks will be a player many will be talking about in the coming years as a possible Mr. Football winner as he finished this season with 2,799 yards rushing, 474 yards receiving and 56 total touchdowns. His 336 points scored on the season is second most in OHSAA history.
Parks wasn’t the only story for the Red Riders as quarterback Logan Domer also came up big with 207 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
For Johnstown-Monroe, quarterback Caden Calhoun was the focus of the offense as he was 5-of-8 for 155 yards and one touchdown and added 128 yards rushing on 25 carries with a score.
The Red Riders defense had four players post double digit tackle totals as Ben Summers (16), Austin Armstrong (12), Jake Phillips (12) and Jason Suppan (10) each came up big.
DIVISION IV Girard vs. Cincinnati Wyoming
FINAL Wyoming: 42 Girard: 14
The Wyoming Cowboys finished off a perfect 15-0 season with a 42-14 win over Girard to capture the Division IV state championship.
In a match-up of two high powered offensive attacks, it was Cowboys who controlled time of possession for almost 39-minutes while running 77 offensive plays that included converting on third down 63% of the time. Junior quarterback Evan Prater stepped forward showing why he’s to be considered one of the top prospects in the 2020 recruiting class.
Prater added to his growing offensive totals going 6-of-11 for 149 yards and two touchdowns while also adding 242 yards on the ground with three more scores.
For the year, Prater finished with 2,174 yards and 28 touchdowns passing, and 1,778 yards and 32 touchdowns rushing.
Next season, Prater should be a player on the Mr. Ohio Football watch list.
Also coming up big for the Cowboys was senior Joey Edmonds who pulled down four of Prater’s throws for 94 yards and two scores. Edmonds also posted an interception on defense.
Attendance for all seven state championship games was 52,390.