Bryan's Lucas Nye (9) and Derek Knisely take down Kenton's Luke Jackson (14) in the second quarter of Friday's Division IV regional final match up against Kenton at Donnell Stadium in Findlay. Bryan lost, 46-43.
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The underdog Clyde Fliers pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the Ohio football playoffs Friday night, knocking off second-ranked Central Catholic 42-41 in a Division III regional final at Doyt Perry Stadium.
Fliers quarterback Tim Hoppe, who was 13 of 34 passing for 367 yards and five touchdowns, connected with Derek Gray on a 74-yard scoring pass with 3:27 remaining to tie the game, and Austin Baker’s extra-point kick proved to be the game-winning point.
“All week we believed in ourselves, and we knew we’d have to come out here and play a very clean, [mistake-free] game,” Hoppe said. “We executed. Central came at us hard, but our guys up front did an awesome job for me. READ MORE.
The two top teams in Division IV actually exceeded expectations in a regional championship showdown on Friday night.
No. 1 ranked Kenton held off a formidable second-ranked Bryan 46-43 in a terrifically entertaining contest game that featured 10 lead changes.
The D-IV regional final at Donnell Stadium featured a clash of determined and athletic senior quarterbacks as Bryan's Austin Schimmoeller exchanged blows with Kenton's Grant Sherman. READ MORE.