CANTON, Ohio — No. 6 McComb (14-1) defeated Glouster Trimble (13-2) 28-3 in the 2018 OHSAA Division VII football state championship Saturday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.
This is McComb’s first football state championship since 1983 and second overall.
An effective running game and stout defense were the keys to McComb’s 25-point victory. Of the Panther’s 238 total yards on offense, 216 came on the ground, while the defense held Trimble to 151 total yards and compiled 11 tackles for loss for -44 yards, three interceptions and seven pass breakups. The teams’ combined yardage is the lowest in the seven-year history of the Division VII championship game.
“These guys got it done,” McComb coach Kris Alge said in the postgame press conference.”The defense played extremely well, and in the end, we kept them out of the end zone. That’s what we preach all the time. Defense wins championships, and I’m so proud of this football team.”
Listed as a wide receiver, senior Tanner Schroeder was a weapon in all facets of the offense, just as he had been all season. Schroeder led the Panthers in rushing with 107 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, completed two passes for 10 yards, had one reception for 12 yards and was successful on all four extra point attempts.
Schroeder finished his senior campaign with 1,875 yards and 24 touchdowns rushing, 997 yards and 11 touchdowns passing, 398 yards and six touchdowns receiving, 77-of-81 on PATs and 10-of-13 on field goals. Additionally, he was named the Division VII first-team All-Ohio punter with a 43.5-yard average. Schroeder’s 302 points this season is the eighth-most in OHSAA history.
CANTON — Behind a prolific rushing attack, the Orrville Red Riders (13-2) defeated No. 4 Johnstown-Monroe to win the Division V championship at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Saturday.
In an unusually high-scoring game for two teams with run-heavy offenses, five different players rushed for at least 74 yards and at least one touchdown. The offenses combined for 710 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground, breaking the previous OHSAA football championship game record by 92 yards. In addition, the two teams tied OHSAA Division V state championship game records with 12 touchdowns and 83 points.
Wyoming 42, Girard 14
CANTON, Ohio — No. 1 Cincinnati Wyoming (15-0) won its second state title by way of a victory over Girard (13-2) in the 2018 OHSAA Division IV state championship game on Saturday night at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
In a battle of first-team All-Ohio quarterbacks, the Wyoming Cowboys and the Division IV Offensive Player of the Year junior quarterback Evan Prater came out on top. Prater finished the game six-for-11 passing for 149 yards and two touchdowns while adding 242 yards and three touchdowns rushing.
“Evan is a tremendous competitor,” Wyoming coach Aaron Hancock said after the game. “As I said before in other interviews, I think he is a kid who plays really good in big games. That’s what you want. If you’re playmaker, you play big in the biggest games.”
Prater finished his junior season with 2,174 yards and 28 touchdowns passing, and 1,778 yards and 32 touchdowns rushing.