CINCINNATI – Moeller and Clinton-Massie are going back to the state football finals to try to repeat their 2012 titles while Loveland takes the stage for the first time.
Moeller won a defensive struggle with Hilliard Davidson, 13-11, Saturday in the Division I semifinal at Dayton Welcome Stadium. The Crusaders (13-1) meet Mentor (13-1) for the title at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Canton Fawcett Stadium. Mentor beat Lakewood St. Edward, 41-38, in the other Division I semifinal.
Moeller quarterback Gus Ragland threw a 41-yard TD pass to wide receiver Chase Pankey and Matthew Coghlin kicked two field goals in the semifinal win.
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“I’m proud of them. We were in a tight game," Moeller coach John Rodenberg said. "These guys have a lot of perseverance."
Moeller has won eight state football titles and was runner-up four times since the playoffs began in 1972.
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Loveland is going to the Division II championship game after a second straight amazing comeback Friday night.
The Tigers scored the game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion with 17 seconds left, then beat Zanesville 38-35 on junior Evan Burig's 29-yard field goal in double overtime. Loveland erased a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter against Mount Healthy last week.
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The undefeated Tigers (14-0) will meet Cleveland Glenville (13-1) for the championship at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Canton Fawcett Stadium. Glenville beat Medina Highland, 41-13.
Clinton-Massie (13-1), last year’s Division IV state champ, rallied with two fourth-quarter touchdowns for a 21-20 win over Kenton Friday night. C-M will play Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (10-4) at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. Mooney beat Steubenville 37-7.
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Tickets for the championship games will be available through participating schools Dec. 2-4. Tickets may also be purchased at the stadium gates on game day. Tickets are $10 per game and sales begin 90 minutes before kickoff.
OHIO CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
Moeller (13-1) vs. Mentor (13-1), 3 p.m. Saturday at Canton Fawcett Stadium.
Loveland (14-0) vs. Cleveland Glenville, 7 p.m. Friday at Canton Fawcett Stadium.
Trotwood Madison (11-2) vs. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (14-0), 7 p.m. Thursday at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Clinton-Massie (13-1) vs. Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (10-4). 3 p.m. Friday at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Columbus Bishop Hartley (13-1) vs. Coldwater (12-2), 11 a.m. Saturday at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Kirtland (14-0) vs. Haviland Wayne Trace (13-1), 11 a.m. Friday at Canton Fawcett Stadium.
Glouster Trimble (14-0) vs. Maria Stein Marion Local (14-0), 7 p.m. Saturday at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
STATE SEMIFINAL SCORES
Moeller 13, Hilliard Davidson 11
Mentor 41, Lakewood St. Edward 38
Loveland 38, Zanesville 35
Glenville 42, Medina Highland 13
Trotwood Madison 54, Clyde 7
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 17, Columbus Marion Franklin 9
Clinton-Massie 21, Kenton 20
Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 37, Steubenville 7
Columbus Bishop Hartley 49, Manchester 22
Coldwater 35, West Jefferson 10
Kirtland 10, Columbus Bishop Ready 7
Haviland Wayne Trace 57, Mechanicsburg 10
Glouster Trimble 14, Berlin Center 10
Maria Stein Marion Local 35, Delphos St. John's 6