High School Football Roundup: Kirtland wins second state championship in three years

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Division VI

Kirtland 44, Wayne Trace 16

CANTON -- Adam Hess rushed 177 yards on 22 carries, scored two touchdowns and added a pair of two-point conversions to lead Kirtland to a 44-16 victory over Wayne Trace in Ohio's Division VI finals at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.

Sam Kukura also did damage Friday for the Hornets (15-0), adding 196 yards and a score as Kirtland earned its second title in three years.

The squad logged the fourth-most total yards of offense in a state championship, finishing with 588 yards.

Wayne Trace (13-2) tied things up in the second quarter on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Colby Speice to Jake Arend. That woke up Kirtland, the top-ranked team in the Associated Press poll, and the Hornets rolled off 36 straight points.

Kirtland has won 44 of its last 45 games.

DIVISION IV

Clinton-Massie 27, Cardinal Mooney 21

MASSILLON -- Clarksville Clinton-Massie rallied in the second half Friday to defeat Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, 27-21, and win Ohio's Division IV title for the second straight year as plows tried to clear the field of steadily falling snow.

Brothers Bayle and Chase Wolf put together a running attack that wiped out Mooney's 21-14 halftime lead and made the Falcons the third team to repeat as state champions this weekend.

The inclement weather forced both squads to keep the ball mostly on the ground.

Bayle Wolf rushed for 172 yards on 33 carries and scored the game-winner on a 2-yard run with a little over a minute left to play. Chase Wolf had 91 yards on 20 carries.

Mooney's Mark Handel, an all-Ohio defensive back, gained 140 yards on 16 attempts.

DIVISION II

LOVELAND 41, GLENVILLE 23

CANTON -- Loveland has beaten Cleveland Glenville 41-23 in the Ohio Division II high school football final to win its first state title.

In a driving snowstorm at Canton Fawcett Stadium, Loveland's defense was cold-blooded Friday as Michael Weber was part of a unit that forced seven turnovers. Weber forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery.

It was the Tigers' first finals appearance and snapped a 13-game winning streak by the Tarblooders.

Loveland is 15-0 and the No. 2 team in The Associated Press' poll. It scored 34 points off Glenville miscues to send the 13-2 Tarblooders home without a state title in their second try.

The 27 points the Tigers scored in the second quarter were a Division II state record and put things away early.

Luke Waddell ran for 175 yards and added a touchdown for Loveland.

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