Maria Stein, Bishop Hartley win state titles

Published 12:20 am Sunday, December 4, 2016

COLUMBUS (AP) — Maria Stein Marion Local returned to form with a 21-17 victory against Cuyahoga Heights in the Division VI state football final at Ohio Stadium for its fifth title in six seasons.
Quarterback Duane Leugers ran for 113 yards and two scores and passed for another 114 yards for the Flyers. They had won four straight championships until a 22-20 loss to Kirtland in 2015. Marion Local has won nine titles since 2000.
Cuyahoga Heights (14-1), playing for its first championship, trailed 21-3 at the half, but got TD runs of 2 yards and 1 yard to make it 21-17 in the fourth quarter, the latter after a blocked punt on the previous play.
The Flyers drove to the Marion Local 36 in the last minute, but were stopped on downs.
Bishop Hartley 24
Steubenville 21
COLUMBUS (AP) — Matteo Agriesti kicked a 31-yard field goal with 2 seconds left to spur Columbus Bishop Hartley past Steubenville 24-21 in the Ohio Division IV state championship Friday.
Marquette Dixon rushed for 178 yards and a touchdown for Hartley (13-1) as the Hawks topped Steubenville in the state final for the second straight year.
Steubenville (13-1) came from behind and tied the score at 21 on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Javon Davis to Charles Reed with 5:48 left in the game.
The Big Red got the ball back on a punt and seemed poised to take the lead, but kicker Mark Smith squibbed a field goal attempt and Hartley’s Cody Kirkbride returned it to the Big Red 23, setting up the field goal.
St. Xavier 27,
St. Ignatius 20, 2 OT
COLUMBUS (AP) — Cincinnati St. Xavier scored a touchdown in the second overtime and then held off Cleveland St. Ignatius to win the Ohio Division I state championship Friday night, 27-20.
St. Ignatius quarterback Patrick Ryan threw incomplete to Travis Pot on fourth-and-goal, setting off a celebration by St. Xavier and their fans at midfield in Ohio Stadium. The Bombers won the state championship for the third time.
Bombers quarterback Sean Clifford hooked up with Andrew Wittrock for a 7-yard scoring pass to open the second overtime after the teams traded field goals in the first OT.
St. Xavier (9-6) had battled back from 10-0 halftime deficit, scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter before St. Ignatius tied it at 17 with 1:11 left in regulation.

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