Canton, Oh. - Sophomore, Drew Plit was 5 for 5 passing for the game, and with two touchdown throws in the first half, one to freshman,Tre Heath for 22 yards and one to Jake Elfers for 12, combined with a 66 yard touchdown run by freshman Luke WaddelL, a Gunner Gambill 5 yard touchdown, and a Beau Ngu 50 yard interception return, the Loveland Tigers had the number one team from the north down 34 to nothing at the half.
Glenville tried in vain all night to play catch-up. Loveland capitalized on mistakes, the Tarblooders from the Cleveland City School District, did not. Four fumbles by each team in the game and Glenville lost 85 yards via 9 penalties. Loveland intercepted 3 times, punishing the Tarblooders for trying the long ball in a blinding, blizzard.
Tiger defenders were relentless getting in Glenville's backfield forcing them out of their play and game plan.
The temperature was 28 degrees, wind was 5-10 mph, and a steady snow kept plows busy clearing the Canton Fawcett Stadium yard lines throughout the game.
Glenville Academic scored three times in the second half, but Gunner Gambill again scored on a 6 yard run in the third, keeping the game so out of reach that the only reason Tiger fans had to glance at the scoreboard was to check their disbelief, or waiting out the final countdown of the clock.
The score was 41-15 until late in the 4th quarter.
Loveland out rushed Glenville 340 to 209. Glenville put up 293 yards in the air to Loveland's 66. Both teams had 23 first downs. Time of possession only gave Loveland a slight edge.
Loveland Freshman, Like Waddell had 175 ground yards on 19 carries, and 194 total yards. Gunner Gambill ran 24 times and 115 rushing yards.
Glenville had no answer for Darren Sackett's 6 solo tackles and 5 assists or Max Mather's 6 solo and 2 assist night. James Canigilla and Charlie Lawyer each had 5.5 tackles.
Glenville's Marshon Lattimore, the number one prospect in the state of Ohio was kept out of the end zone until he caught a 47 yard pass with 3:25 left in the game.
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Here is Loveland Magazine Sports Director, Ricky Mulvey reporting from St. Vincent DeSales High School just north of Columbus at the conclusion of the Loveland Tiger's miraculous come from behind win over Zanesville on November 29. The 38-35 win puts the Tigers in the State Div. II Finals in Canton on December 6.
The video leads with clips of Mulvey being interviewed, and the halftime guest for the live broadcast by Zanesville's North Valley Banks Halftime Show on Z-92FM and AM1240.
Entire Tiger Family invited to send the LHS varsity football team to the game in a glow
Loveland, Oh. - The Loveland City School District is inviting all members of the "Tiger Family" to join in a special team send off Thursday, Dec. 5, as the team heads to compete in the Division II State Football Championship game in Canton on Friday.
Participants are asked to be in position in the front of the LHS parking lot, and anywhere along the route from LHS to I-275 before 6 PM with either flashlights or candles to “Light Up the Night for Our Loveland Tigers”
Loveland, Oh. - The Loveland show choirs are having a Holiday Homecoming, on Saturday, December 14 at 7 PM Loveland High School.
Performers will be the Loveland Middle School Show Choir, Revolution, and the 2013 National Grand Champions, Loveland High School's By Request.
Also performing will be YOU if a member of the Loveland High School Show Choir Alumni.
Baked goods will be available for purchase in the school lobby.
Ticket prices are $10, with children under five being admitted free.
The choirs are teaming up with the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank, to help put food on the table for families this holiday season. They are asking that attendees of the show bring a canned food item for the food program.
Milford, Oh. - Get ready for the holiday season by enjoying Grailville's International Creche Exhibit at the Promont House in Milford. Presented by the Greater Milford Area Historical Society (GMAHS), the Promont House, located at 906 Main St. in Milford, will host a Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 15, 1:30-4:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public.
Grailville will be showcasing a portion of it's over 90 internationally and regionally recognized unique crèche scenes for the The Milford Historical Society Holiday Open House at Promont House starting mid-November 2013 through January 12, 2014. This one of kind exhibit will feature crèches from Uganda, Tanzania and even as close to home as Loveland. Grailville's Program Manager, Terrie Puckett found the exhibit to be a great expression of Grailivlle's mission. She said, "Grailville is blessed with a long history in the creation and collection of liturgical art. The liturgical arts programs during the early years of Grailville was designed to provide images that help in our human search for meaning and deeper spirituality. This is a task that is wonderfully suited to The Grail, as the word grail itself means 'search.'"
"Earlier this year we initiated a local arts and history collaborative," commented Donna Amann, administrator, Greater Milford Area Historical Society. "We wanted to bring together a number of organizations who are interested in working collaboratively to offer enhanced programming to the community. The relationship with Grailville resulted from that initiative, and we're pleased to partner with them on bringing the crèche exhibit to Promont."
The Holiday Open House will also feature a collection of antique toys; and, Promont will be decorated using items depicting the natural things that would have been available to Victorians, such as pine cones, nuts, trees and greens, and feathers from local game birds.
"The house is at its finest during the holidays, and this year the decorating committee has decided to augment the Victorian-oriented natural decorations with glittering elements that will allow the house to sparkle," continued Amann. "It's a wonderful opportunity to bring the family and experience holiday traditions from the Victorian era. We will have the first floor open for self-guided tours during the Holiday Open House; and, GMAHS volunteers will be available to answer questions."
Visitors to the Holiday Open House will also enjoy a variety of special offers including:
A special discounted rate on 2014 membership to the Greater Milford Area Historical Society (details available only at the Open House).
One FREE admission for two adults to Promont House Museum. This ticket (one per family) can be used at a future date for a docent-led tour during regular museum hours.
One free raffle ticket (with the purchase of at least six tickets/$5) good toward a beautifully dressed 18-inch doll complete with a full Victorian ice skating outfit and skates. The drawing will be held at 4:30 PM on December 15.
"We are excited to bring the exceptional crèche exhibit to Promont, and we're looking forward to hosting the public during our Holiday Open House," commented Amann.
Greater Milford Area Historical Society Open House is on Sunday, December 15, 1:30-4:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on display starting mid-November 2013 through January 12, 2014. For more information about the Open House, please contact www.MilfordHistory.net.
Loveland, Oh. - The Loveland Museum at 201 Riverside Drive will have a carriage the evening of Christmas in Loveland, Saturday December 14th from 5 until 9PM. The carriage will go from downtown to the museum and back. No waiting to return to the downtown area.
The museum will be open and decorated in Victorian fashion complete with caroling, music, vintage train set, and toy display. Amanda Huey from Loveland Music Academy will play piano for your enjoyment.
This year they will also have The Dancelot Dancers in Renaissance attire performing a blend of contra and classical ballet set to Olde English, Celtic and Contemporary Classical holiday music.
The Rich Log cabin will be open and Loveland Initiative will be helping children create a gingerbread ornament.
Loveland, Oh. - Linda Cox, fresh from her recent election victory and highest vote count, took the oath of office tonight, and was elected by council to be the next Loveland mayor.
Mark Fitzgerald was elected vice-mayor.
In other business, former Miami Township administrator, David Duckworth, was hired to be Loveland's interim city manager.
Ted Phelps, an apparent winner in the November election did not take the oath of office tonight. The vote count between Phelps and incumbent, Brenton Zuch is still in dispute and being re-counted by the election boards. Results may be known by the end of this week.
District will enact early release Friday, Dec. 6 for all students
The Loveland City School District congratulates our Loveland High School (LHS) Tiger Football Team on their outstanding win in the State Semi-Finals Game Friday, Nov. 29. In preparation for the Friday, Dec. 6, Division Two State Championship Game, we want to make the Tiger Family aware of game details as well as an early release planned for all students.
Friday, Dec. 6, all Loveland City School District students will have an early release. The dismissal times are as follows:
12:15 p.m. Loveland High School, Loveland Middle School, Loveland Intermediate School
1:30 p.m. Loveland Elementary School, Loveland Primary School
Noon Loveland Early Childhood Center (Any parent wanting to pick up their LECC student needs to do so by 11:40 a.m.)
There will be no afternoon kindergarten
Game Date and Time
7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 (Gates Open at 5:30 p.m.)
Canton Fawcett Stadium, 1835 Harrison Ave. NW, Canton, OH 44708
(Please remember no passes are accepted. The game ticket you buy for our game is only good for the Division Two game. If you want to attend any other Division Game, separate tickets must be purchased.)
Game Ticket Sales
Advance tickets may be purchased in LHS Athletic Office on the following dates and times:
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4
7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5
The cost to park is $3 - $5 for cars.
The Tiger Family can watch coverage of the State Championship Game on Channel 99 Time Warner and Sports Time Ohio. The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) has information on radio coverage of the game. Please visit http://www.ohsaa.org/news/Radio/radiohome.asp for those details.
Ricky Mulvey is Editor-in-Chief of the Roar and Sports Director for Loveland Magazine
Columbus, Oh. - With less than two minutes left in the contest last Friday night against Zanesville, Loveland fans started to pile out of the stands. The Tiger offense looked like they had lost their momentum, they were down by eight, and Zanesville seemed ready to book hotel rooms in Canton. There was no way the Tigers were going to come back. They had a whole field to cover. They were fighting a loud and hungry team. It was way too cold out. Better go home.
That was until Drew Plitt (10) connected a couple of passes to Giovanni Ricci (11); one of which was a 36-yard bomb to the end zone. A leaping Plitt gave Loveland the needed two-point conversion. Only 17 seconds remained with the game tied. Better head back to the stands. Of course the Tigers could do it. The Tigers are a loud and hungry team. Whoever needed more than a minute to cover the length of a football field anyway?
Overtime arrived. Loveland and Zanesville matched each other with touchdowns in the first go around, but a 29-yard field goal from Evan Burig (11) put the Tigers up by three in the second stanza.
“It felt pretty good man; it felt pretty good,” said Burig.
Zanesville tried to surpass Loveland when Thomas Wibbeler connected a touchdown pass to Dar Stanford, but Stanford’s toes were out of bounds. In a game of 100 yards, three inches was what it came down to. Three inches sent Loveland to the state championship.
“It’s been a heck of a ride, but were not done yet,” said Jake Junod (11).
This roller coaster will make its final stop in Canton against the Glenville Tarblooders. The team is under the stewardship of Ted Ginn who coached Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, and his son, Ted Ginn Jr, who currently plays for the Carolina Panthers.
Ginn has a pantheon of talent for the state championship, but his top weapon, his atomic bomb, will be senior Marshon Lattimore.
Lattimore scored four touchdowns in their 41-13 state semi-final victory against Highland. He is the number one prospect in the state of Ohio and has received offers from The Ohio State University and Alabama. Scout has listed him as the fifth ranked receiver nationally, and Lattimore is also a talented cornerback. He will be the best player Loveland has faced all season.
Glenville has one loss, though it came against Division I heavyweight St. Edward; a team that chalked up a victory against Moeller.
Many are not giving Loveland a chance in this game. After all, Glenville has the momentum. Glenville is a loud and hungry team. It will be cold game against a northern ball club. Better go home.
Jeff Prifti holds the ball as Evan Burig kicks the winning field goal in double overtime. Alex Hesse blocks a Zanesville player.
Evan Burig gets last say with 29 yard field goal
Loveland to State Div. II Final
by Willie Lutz
Loveland, Oh. – It is simply impossible to associate the word “quit” with the Loveland Tigers. Two weeks in a row, the Tigers appeared to be defeated. With the clock dwindling and the opposition preparing to bask in the sweet taste of glory, the Tigers reversed the course of history and advanced deeper into the playoffs; this time, the spot is much sweeter. Knocking off AP ranked #1 Zanesville, the #2 ranked Tigers won by a final score of 38-35 in double overtime. The team that was a portrait of mediocrity just a season ago, will now advance to their first ever state championship.
The Tigers traveled nearly two hours to get to St. Vincent DeSales High School just north of Columbus for Friday night’s contest. Even though their hometown of Loveland was chilly, it was unrivaled by the snow-laden ground of Columbus. When it comes to attendance, weather didn’t play a factor. The stadium, which holds 6,000 people in its stands, was overflowing with people. The Tigers even sent eight “spirit buses” filled with students and teachers to the game.
Drew Plitt once again started the game for the Tigers on a rough note. For the second time this postseason, the Loveland quarterback’s first pass of the game ended up an interception. This week, the opposition made it count.
The Blue Devils had by far the best offense the Tigers have seen this season, most of that offense comes from the right arm of their quarterback Thomas Wibbeler, who had thrown for over 4,000 yards and 47 touchdowns coming into the game. He showed his talent early when on the first touchdown of the game he hit wide receiver, JT McFarland, on a 25-yard pass to the end zone.
Just as the scoreboard reflected, the game was neck and neck at the half. With a 14-14 score, the game was just as tight with a 136-132 battle in yards. Plitt only threw two passes for the entire half, the interception and a big twelve yard pass to Jake Elfers for a first down. Gunner Gambill was forced to step up as the feature back for the Tigers as the Zanesville defense was shutting down Luke Waddell. On eight carries, Waddell had only gained 27 yards; an average of 3.2 yards per carry. Gambill picked up 92 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first half of action.
Gunner Gambill leaps over two Zanesville defenders at the 5 yard line in the first quarter
Plitt began to pick up his performance in the third quarter including a marvelous 41-yard bomb to Giovanni Ricci that led to a Loveland touchdown. Then, a moment that would haunt the minds of Tiger fans later in the matchup; Evan Burig missed the extra point. Immediately, Loveland fans in the stands and watching on their TVs at home thought the worst, “what if a missed extra point costs us the season?” Their thought was justified. After the Tiger touchdown, the Blue Devils methodically marched down the frozen gridiron and made their extra point to take a 21-20 lead.
Mike Weber sacks the Zanesville quarterback with 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.
Now, to the fourth quarter. After the teams traded possessions for the majority of the quarter, Michael Weber slammed Wibbeler to the turf to pin the Zanesville drive inside their ten-yard line on fourth down, which meant all signs pointed to punt and great field position for the Tigers. After a wobbly punt by JT McFarland, Evan Dever attempted to field a ball at his feet; and then muffed the ball.
The Tigers had a chance to shut the books on the Zanesville drive when the Blue Devils pulled a wildcard; the direct snap fake punt. The Tigers had the Blue Devils halted on fourth and two when the fake punt was perfectly executed. A few plays later, the Devils would hand the ball to Jamel Giadden for a 38-yard touchdown. Immediately after that play, the “Tiger Faithful” begin the mass exodus to their cars assuming the worst; the season was over, the Tigers had lost.
To say the road to the championship was rough was an understatement. After rallying to beat the Mt. Healthy Fighting Owls in the Regional Finals, where they were down by 14 with under six minutes on the clock, the Tigers would be caught in a hole once again late in the game against the Blue Devils.
On their first attempt to make up for lost points, the fans once again felt that undeniable feeling in their stomach that the season may, in fact, be over, when Plitt threw a ball into triple coverage, inevitably picked off by the Zanesville defense.
After a great stand by the Tiger defense, a punt and a solid return by Dever gave the Tigers a 57- yard field to work with in order for his offense to have any chance of moving on to the state championship. Then, a legend was born. Plitt led the most perfect drive with only one minute remaining on the clock. Throwing completion after completion, hitting receivers on simple routes in order not to put the game in danger by throwing another interception, and picking up good yardage in an almost Tom Brady- like fashion. After those simple plays, Plitt delivered another deep touchdown to Giovanni Ricci, this time for 36 yards, to put the score at 28-26, still in favor of the Zanesville Blue Devils.
Gio Ricci catches a pass for a touchdown late in the 4th quarter to make the score 26-28
Drew Plitt dives into the end zone for a two point conversion to tie the game at 28 with 17.5 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter.(Photo by David Burig)
The Tigers had to make up for lost time, as the Burig missed extra point forced the Tigers to go for two late in the game. That’s when the “Holy Plitt” moment was born. The play was drawn up for Drew Plitt to run to the outside edge and into the end zone. The play appeared to be broken along with the Loveland Tigers when Plitt leapt into the air and across the goal line for the perfect two-point conversion. 28-28, the game would be knotted up and heading for overtime.
Zanesville started overtime with the ball. In high school overtime, both teams are given a position at the 20-yard line and battle it out until one team is either stopped or is forced to kick a field goal, which would then have to be followed up by a touchdown. Giadden would get them on the board first. After the extra point, the Blue Devils took a 35-28 lead. The Tigers then got the ball and allowed the previously scoreless Waddell to punch his way into the end zone. The kick by Burig was good and the game was knotted at 35-35.
The Tigers received the ball first to start the second overtime. The Zanesville defense refused to let the Tigers coast into the end zone, so head coach Fred Cranford put his faith in the left leg of Evan Burig, who earlier in the game had missed an extra point. The snap: good, the hold: good, and finally, the kick: good. The Tigers took a 38-35 lead, then it was up to the defense to stop Zanesville from taking their ticket to the Division II State Championship. On first down, quarterback, Wibbeler threw a near perfect pass to the corner of the end zone that would’ve sealed the game for the Blue Devils, but the feet of his target landed only inches out of bounds. After two more stops by the Tiger defense, the Blue Devils had no choice but to match the field goal by Burig, however Logan Graham doesn’t have that same ice water running through his blood that we’ve seen this postseason from Burig. The kick was missed, and once again, the Loveland Tigers had come back from the depths of failure to survive.
“It was the perfect recovery after that missed extra point,” said a near speechless Burig after the game.
Given a day to recover, the two players who nearly went down in infamy gave their comments on the game.
“It was a great team win. Two miracles in two weeks. This team is so amazingly resilient and persistent. I’m so blessed to be a part of this team and have the opportunity to play for this community,” said Burig, “I give a lot of credit to the unsung heroes, the long snapper (Danny Kruzel) and the holder (Jeff Prifti).”
“It was a great team win. We never give up. That’s what makes our team so special. We play hard every game because losing is not an option,” said Dever.
Drew Plitt said, “Tigers never stop believing because we fight until the very last second. Two weeks in a row. You can’t ever stop, because you never know what god has planned, so you have to do your best and see how it plays out. I couldn’t do it without my teammates picking me up after that second interception. Now, it’s on to Canton to play Glenville.”
Friday, the Loveland Tigers will take on the Cleveland-Glenville Tarblooders at Canton Fawcett Stadium, where the NFL Hall of Fame game is played every year. The stadium is next door to the National Football Hall of Fame. Game time is 7 PM.
The Tarblooders come into this game ranked #5 in the Division II Ohio AP polls, while the Tigers are posted at #2. The Tarblooders have the #1 Ranked player in Ohio in Marshon Lattimore, who is being recruited by a list of schools highlighted by Alabama, Ohio State, and Oregon. Lattimore plays wide receiver and corner and scored four touchdowns in Glenville’s 41-13 rout of Medina Heights on Friday night. Look for the Jeff Prifti versus Marshon Lattimore battle to be one of the best of all time.
The Loveland Tigers will have the opportunity to see what magic they have left in their flawless 14-0 season.
Jeff Prifti holds the ball as Evan Burig kicks the winning field goal in double overtime
Loveland Head Coach Fred Cranford praised Tiger fans in his post game interview
Columbus, Oh. - This LOVELAND MAGAZINE TV video is Rickey Mulvey interviewing Loveland High School Head Football Coach, Fred Cranford after the win on Friday that sends the Tigers to the State Championship game next Friday.
Watch the plays that tied the game and Evan Burig's winning field goal.
For the second week in a row, the Loveland Tigers stunned their gridiron opponents with a come back win, this week in the Ohio State Div. II Semi-Final game on Friday in Columbus against Zanesville.
Halftime brought a tie 14-14 contest, and Zanesville went up 21-20 with 19 seconds left in the 3rd quarter and added 7 more early in the 4th to make it 28-20.
With time and hope dwindling to 17 seconds, Drew Plitt hit Giavanni Ricci for a 36 yard pass down the right sideline for a score. The Tigers still needed 2 to stay alive. For the extra points, Plitt faked a hand-off to the obvious choice Gunner Gambill to carry the ball and headed to the right looking for open receivers. Plitt almost threw the ball twice, but instead, headed to the end-zone and leaped high over a defender to tie the score at 28-28.
Zanesville got the first chance from the 20 yard line in overtime and scored. Loveland answered to again tie the game, 35-35.
Evan Burig kicked a 29 yard field goal in the second overtime to take Loveland ahead, 38-35. The Tiger defense held Zaneville in their last possession to end the game after a Zanesville field-goal attempt failed.
Columbus, Oh. - Loveland pulled some magic again in its 38-35 double-overtime victory over Zanesville in the DII State semi-final game played November 29. The Tigers trailed with seconds remaining and got a score on a pass from quarterback Drew Plitt to Giavanni Ricci to send the game into overtime. Deja vu you say? Well, the same magic occurred the week before against a tough Mt. healthy squad when Mike Weber picked up a fumble and returned it 81 yards for a score with just over a minute remaining in the contest, giving the Tigers a 35-28 victory. (From EECSports.com.)
Friday, November 29, 2013
MCFARLAND,JT 25 YD PASS FROM WIBBELER,Thomas (GRAHAM,Logan KICK)
Watch this news report about Zanesville's Thanksgiving Day practice
The Zanesville football team has alot to be thankful for this November. The Devils have rolled off 13 straight victories, captured an ECOL championship, and advanced to the State Final Four for just the second time in school history. Read on at the WhizNews.com...