High School Football: State championship roundup

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DIVISION III

St. Vincent-St. Mary 42, Bellevue 21

CANTON -- Newman Williams' spectacular 41-yard touchdown run helped Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary beat Bellevue 42-21 Saturday for the 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 TD's for the Irish.

Jalen Santoro had TD passes of 27, 13 and 27 yards for Bellevue (13-2), in its first title game.

DIVISION V

Coldwater 10, Kirtland 9

MASSILLON -- 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 10-9 Saturday in a rematch of the 2011 title game on the same field at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

"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.

"These 23 seniors won 18 playoff games," coach Chip Otten said. "Almost every high school team in every sport loses its final game somewhere along the line. These guys got their biggest win in their last chance."

They did it with defense, holding 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.

"It's so very frustrating," Hornets coach Tiger LaVerde said. "Our defense came to play, did an outstanding job. But our offense never got into rhythm. I called a bad game. It is on me. I take the blame."

Coldwater's senior-laden defense had more than little to do with it. The Cavaliers held 13-of-15 opponents to single-digit scoring this year, racking up six shutouts.

"Our defense was the anchor," said Bruns, who passed 7 yards to Mitch Schoenherr for a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.

The Hornets (14-1) tied it on a 4-yard pass from Scott Eilerman to Matthew Finkler.

DIVISION I

Cincinnati Moeller 20, Toledo Whitmer 12

CANTON -- Spencer Iacavone's efficient passing and a stout defense helped Cincinnati Moeller defeat Toledo Whitmer for the Ohio Division I championship 20-13 Saturday night at Fawcett Stadium.

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.

-- Associated Press

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