Sidelines: Sensational Southview soars to state football championship
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The football season was memorable for several area teams, including three who reached state championship games in Massillon.
Heading that list was coach Jim Mayzes Southview Cougars, who capped a 15-0 season by rallying for a late touchdown to top defending champion Cincinnati Anderson 29-25 in a thrilling Division II final.
It was the fourth state title won by teams from the immediate Toledo area, and the first ever by a local public school.
The Cougars, who were led by senior All-Ohioans Alex Pidcock (QB), Shaun Joplin (WR), Greg Isley (LB) and Jim McMahon (OL), thus joined St. Francis (1984 and 2001) and Central Catholic (2005) as state champions.
Third-ranked Blanchard Valley Conference champion Liberty-Benton (14-1) lost to top-ranked Youngstown Ursuline 21-0 in the D-V state final. Coach Tim Nichols Eagles were paced by junior All-Ohio QB Aaron Craft and a stifling defense that recorded an impressive 10 shutouts in 15 games.
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Top-ranked Midland Athletic League champ Hopewell-Loudon (14-1) fell 34-14 to Delphos St. John s in the D-VI final, spoiling an otherwise perfect season for the second straight year in a state final. Coach Brian Colatruglio s Chieftains were led by QB Tyler Brown and receiver Andrew Brickner.
Suburban Lakes League champion Genoa ran its record to 13-0 before being ousted 42-34 in a shootout in the Division IV state semifinals by eventual champion Kettering Alter.
Coach Mike Vicars Comets were led by seniors Ryan Bless (OL-DL), Marcus Vicars (RB-LB), Blair Skilliter (RB-LB) and Zach Apel (WR-DB).
North of the border, coach Jack Giarmo s Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central Falcons (10-3) reached their fourth state semifinal in the past six years before falling to Leslie in the Michigan Division 6 semis.
Also, Central Catholic won its fourth straight City League championship, recording the first 10-0 regular season for a CL team since Bowsher did it in 1978. Coach Greg Dempsey s Irish were ranked No. 2 in the final Ohio D-II poll, but were ousted in their playoff opener.
Patrick Henry (12-1) won its seventh straight Northwest Ohio Athletic League title and was ranked No. 2 in D-V. But coach Bill Inselmann s Patriots lost their regional final showdown with Liberty-Benton. Northwood (9-1) repeated its Toledo Area Athletic Conference crown, but was unable to gain a D-V playoff berth.