MASSILLON (AP) -- Members of Coldwater's football program heard all the pre-season suggestions that theirs would be the team not to make the playoffs, ending a streak that had reached 17 consecutive years.
They never listened.
"Nobody in our locker room believed it. Never," senior wide receiver and defensive back Drew Otten, son of head coach Chip Otten, said after the Cavaliers won the high school's second straight Division V state championship.
The Cavaliers beat Columbus Bishop Hartley 24-7 on Saturday before 4,395 fans at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Ranked sixth in the final Associated Press poll, Coldwater's Cavaliers won the school's fourth state championship since 2005 when they turned what had been a defensive struggle into a comfortable win by scoring twice in the span of 2:40 in the fourth quarter.
"The talk around town last summer was that this could be the team that would break the streak of not making the playoffs," coach Otten said. "We only had about three returning starters and weren't quite sure who would fit in where. So, I am very happy for these kids because they proved that if you hang together and stick together and work hard, you'll always have a shot."
Quarterback Brody Hoying rushed for 145 yards and scored three touchdowns -- two in the short span late in the fourth quarter -- living up to his choice as the Associated Press offensive player of the year in Division V. Hoying, a 5-10, 180-pound junior, also completed 7 of 12 passes for 83 yards during what was a close, intense game.
The cousin of former Ohio State standouts Bobby Hoying and Adam and Matt Homan, Hoying also came up with a key interception on his 3-yard line. It came as Hartley was driving for what would have been a go-ahead touchdown on the third play of the fourth quarter with Coldwater protecting a 3-point lead.
Hoying returned his interception 33 yards and ignited a 10-play, 64-yard scoring drive in which he carried the ball eight times -- including six in a row -- for 59 yards. He capped the drive by running around right end and diving into the end zone from three yards, extending Coldwater's lead to 17-7 with 5:26 left.
Hoying completed the scoring when he went 32 yards after Hartley (13-2) turned the ball over on downs near midfield.
Coldwater's defense played a key role in the victory as it turned back Hartley, scoring threats four times inside the 30-yard line, once on Hoying's interception and three times on downs. Hartley's touchdown came four plays after junior Tayson Washington recovered a fumble on the first play of the second half at the Coldwater 45.
DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP
MOELLER 55, MENTOR 52
CANTON -- Gus Ragland ran for five touchdowns and threw for three more to lead Cincinnati Moeller to the Ohio Division I state championship with a 55-52 win over Mentor at Canton's Fawcett Stadium.
The Associated Press' co-offensive player of the year tied the Division I state championship record for rushing touchdowns Saturday as 14-1 Moeller won its second consecutive title and ninth overall. He threw for 273 yards and rushed for 189.
It's the first time a school has won back-to-back championships in Division I since Cincinnati Elder did it in 2002-03 and the third time the Crusaders have done it.
The 107 points the 13-2 Mentor and Moeller scored were the most in a D-I final, eclipsing the 71 by Hilliard Davidson and Moeller in 2006.
DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP
LOVELAND 41, CLE. GLENVILLE 23
CANTON -- Loveland has beat Cleveland Glenville 41-23 in the Ohio Division II high school football final to win its first state title.
In a driving snowstorm at Canton Fawcett Stadium, Loveland's defense was cold-blooded Friday as Michael Weber was part of a unit that forced seven turnovers. Weber forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery.
It was the Tigers' first finals appearance and snapped a 13-game winning streak by the Tarblooders.
Loveland is 15-0 and the No. 2 team in The Associated Press' poll. It scored 34 points off Glenville miscues to send the 13-2 Tarblooders home without a state title in their second try.
The 27 points the Tigers scored in the second quarter were a Division II state record and put things away early.
Luke Waddell ran for 175 yards and added a touchdown for Loveland.
DIVISION IV CHAMPIONSHIP
CLARKSVILLE CLINTON-MASSIE 27, YOUNGSTOWN CARDINAL MOONEY 21
MASSILLON -- Clarksville Clinton-Massie rallied in the second half Friday to defeat Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, 27-21, and win Ohio's Division IV title for the second straight year as plows tried to clear the field of steadily falling snow.
Brothers Bayle and Chase Wolf put together a running attack that wiped out Mooney's 21-14 halftime lead and made the Falcons the third team to repeat as state champions this weekend.
The inclement weather forced both squads to keep the ball mostly on the ground.
Bayle Wolf rushed for 172 yards on 33 carries and scored the game-winner on a 2-yard run with a little over a minute left to play. Chase Wolf had 91 yards on 20 carries.
Mooney's Mark Handel, an all-Ohio defensive back, gained 140 yards on 16 attempts.
DIVISION VII CHAMPIONSHIP
MARION LOCAL 33, TRIMBLE 0
MASSILLON -- Adam Bertke threw for a touchdown and ran for two more scores to lead Maria Stein Marion Local to its third consecutive state title with a 33-0 win over Glouster Trimble in the Ohio Division VII championship.
The Flyers (15-0) became the seventh school in Ohio High School Athletic Association history to win three or more consecutive titles, joining Cincinnati Moeller, Cleveland St. Ignatius, Delphos St. John's, Newark Catholic, Versailles and Youngstown Ursuline.
It was the seventh state title for the Associated Press' top-ranked team. The win over the Tomcats (14-1) extended the Flyers' winning streak to 22 games.