TROTWOOD-MADISON WINS DIII TITLE IN OVERTIME THRILLER

The past several months has proven to be a roller coaster ride for the Trotwood-Madison Rams as a Memorial Day tornado caused major damage and issues to the area. Friday afternoon gave many a chance to forget the pain from the spring and cheer on the Rams as they looked to win the Division III state championship game.

In the end this Rams squad has left a legacy that will be talked about for many years to come as the Rams defeated Mansfield Senior 14-7 in overtime.

Both teams traded punches for two quarters without either being able to post points on the scoreboard.

In the third quarter the Rams had the Tygers pinned deep only to see Terrance Flickinger find a hold and bust out for a 94-yard touchdown for the first points of the game and a 7-0 advantage.

The Rams looked to answer but couldn’t avoid penalties that neglected touchdown runs until the fourth quarter when Ke’Shawn Huguely rushed for a 13-yard score to tie the game at 7-7 with just over eight minutes left in the game.

With just under six minutes left in the fourth quarter the Rams looked to win the game with a long final drive and looked like they had succeeded as they lined up for a Carter Mims 19-yard field goal attempt with three seconds left in the game. Mansfield Senior had different plans as TyLheir Grose busted up the middle to block the kick and move the game to overtime.

The Rams went first in the overtime and saw incomplete throws on second and third down brought up a fourth and eight from the Mansfield 18-yardline when Keon’Tae Huguely and Sammy Anderson made championship memories with a fourth down 18 yard touchdown pass putting the Rams up 14-7 with the Tygers getting their shot to answer.

With emotions at their highest for the game, Mansfield Senior found the worst time for offensive mistakes as back-to-back poor snaps and an incomplete pass left the Tygers with fourth down and 37 yards for a first down. Tygers quarterback Cameron Tood went for the win with a deep pass into the end zone and Anderson came up big again for the Rams going up to high point the ball and come down with the game ending interception making the Rams the Division III state champion.

The championship was the Rams second in the past four years

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