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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.
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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.