H.S. football roundup: Fighting Irish win Ohio Division III title
CANTON, Ohio -- Newman Williams' spectacular 41-yard touchdown run helped Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary beat Bellevue, 42-21, Saturday for the Ohio Division III state football championship.
The Fighting Irish (13-2) won their fifth title, and their first since 1988.
Williams' run, on a fake punt, was the highlight. The 215-pound junior rumbled 20 yards around the left end, broke three tackles and carried a defender the final 5 yards to score.
Seconds later, Williams intercepted a pass at his own 47. Five plays later, he scored from 5 yards to make it 35-14.
Perris Campbell ran for 165 yards and three TDs for the Fighting Irish.
COLDWATER 10, KIRTLAND 9: Austin Bruns and 22 other Coldwater High School seniors saved the best for last. Bruns passed for 233 yards and one touchdown as the Cavaliers took the Division V state football championship away from Kirtland in a rematch of the 2011 title game on the same field at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon.
"It's awesome to win our final game, something we will always remember," said Bruns, who also ran for 97 yards.
The Cavaliers (15-0), ranked No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll, earned their third title, and first since 2007. They had lost in the title game each of the three previous years and the graduating class became the first in Ohio to play 60 games. They finally won it all in No. 60.
Coldwater held Damon Washington, the AP's co-offensive player of the year in the division to 39 yards on 11 carries. Though Adam Hess ran for 86 yards for Kirtland (14-1), the Hornets totaled only 25 yards passing.
CINCINNATI MOELLER 20, TOLEDO WHITMER 12: Spencer Iacavone's efficient passing and a stout defense helped Cincinnati Moeller defeat Toledo Whitmer for the Ohio Division I championship at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.
The Crusaders (12-3) won their seventh title -- first since 1985. They lost title games in 1989, 1991 and 1997.
Iacovone went 15 of 19 for 161 yards and a 7-yard touchdown to Keith Watkins for Moeller, which used a high-powered offense to get to its 12th title game overall-- then won with defense. Moeller opponents averaged 25.3 points in 14 games. Whitmer's total was the lowest against the Crusaders this year.
The Panthers (14-1), in their first title game, got 288 total yards from quarterback Nick Holley, who passed for 196 and two TDs.
NEWPORT CC 30, CALDWELL CO. 26: Josh Cain hit Tyler Lyon on a 4-yard touchdown pass with 26 seconds left as Newport Central Catholic won the Kentucky Class 2A title at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Ky.
It was the Thoroughbreds' fifth state title, and second in three years.
Cain's touchdown pass capped a five-play, 60-yard touchdown drive that came after Caldwell's Brett Seymore kicked a 19-yard field goal to put the Tigers up 26-24 with 2:30 left.
Cain was 14-of-23 passing on the day for 243 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed five times for 32 yards.
BOWLING GREEN 34, COOPER 20: Blue Tisdale ran for 140 yards and three touchdowns as Bowling Green beat Cooper in the Class 5A state championship game. The title is the second straight for the Purples and third overall.
"I'm tickled to death," Bowling Green coach Kevin Wallace said. "It's been a fun group to coach, and it's just an honor to be standing here with a great group of players and coaches. We might not have played our best tonight but we played well enough to win. We hung in there and we'll take the big trophy home."
Tisdale ran for both of Bowling Green's second-half touchdowns, including a 2-yarder with eight minutes left to put the Purples up 34-20.
Safety Allen Gonsalves led the Bowling Green defense with seven tackles and two sacks. He was one of a group of seniors who finished their careers 30-0 over their last two years.