Div. II Champs
First ever State Title
Loveland Tigers Un-defeated, Perfect 15-0
Underclassmen instrumental in Championship
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.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score ----------------- -- -- -- -- ----- Loveland............ 7 27 7 0 - 41 Record: (15-0) Glenville Academic.. 0 0 15 8 - 23 Record: (13-2)
|1st||04:23||LOVE||Luke Waddell 66 yd run (Evan Burig kick)|
|1 play, 66 yards, TOP 0:12||7 - 0|
|2nd||08:37||LOVE||Trc Heath 22 yd pass from Drew Plitt (Evan Burig kick)|
|5 plays, 36 yards, TOP 2:25||14 - 0|
|03:25||LOVE||Gunner Gambill 5 yd run (Evan Burig kick)|
|8 plays, 46 yards, TOP 3:14||21 - 0|
|03:13||LOVE||Beau Ngu 50 yd interception return (Evan Burig kick failed)|
|27 - 0|
|00:30||LOVE||Jake Elfers 12 yd pass from Drew Plitt (Evan Burig kick)|
|5 plays, 41 yards, TOP 1:36||34 - 0|
|3rd||09:57||GLENV||Davon Anderson 2 yd run (JonesWashington kick)|
|4 plays, 30 yards, TOP 1:50||34 - 7|
|07:46||LOVE||Gunner Gambill 6 yd run (Evan Burig kick)|
|5 plays, 65 yards, TOP 2:04||41 - 7|
|02:29||GLENV||Q. Robinson Jr. 7 yd run (Erick Smith pass from Q. Robinson Jr.)|
|15 plays, 80 yards, TOP 5:17||41 - 15|
|4th||03:25||GLENV||M. Lattimore 47 yd pass from Q. Robinson Jr. (M. Lattimore pass from Q. Robinson Jr.)|
|2 plays, 85 yards, TOP 0:23||41 - 23|