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Loveland wins first state title
CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Loveland beat Cleveland Glenville 41-23 in the Division II high school football final in a driving snowstorm at Canton Fawcett Stadium on Friday to win its first state title.
Loveland's defense was cold-blooded as Michael Weber, who forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery, was part of a unit that forced seven turnovers. It was the Tigers' first finals appearance and snapped a 13-game winning streak by the Tarblooders.
Loveland, the No. 2 team in The Associated Press' poll, finished 15-0. 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.
Five first-half turnovers by the Tarblooders led to all the points on the board as Loveland waltzed into halftime up 34-0.
The Tigers, showing a rare mix in their wing-T offense, had two touchdowns through the air to go along with three more on the ground.
Waddell was the big beneficiary, picking up 130 yards and a score by intermission. Gunner Gambill (115 yards, 2 touchdowns) had 71 yards and a score on 13 carries in the first 24 minutes.
Add touchdown receptions by Tre Heath and Jake Elfers and an interception returned for a touchdown by Beau Ngu, and the game was all but over at halftime.
Loveland's dominance extended well past defense as AP first-team All-Ohio offensive tackle Andrew Alten led the way for the Tigers.
Loveland, which had just one playoff win before this season, averaged 6.8 yards per carry on the ground and 7.4 yards per play to the delight of its faithful.
The Tigers showed they weren't intimidated by Glenville's quick-strike offense as they held big-time Division I college prospects Marshon Lattimore (83 yards receiving), Devine Redding (76 yards rushing), Erick Smith (76 yards receiving) and Davon Anderson (74 yards rushing) in check until the teams were playing out the string late in the game.
Glenville picked up rushing touchdowns from Anderson and Quan Robinson Jr. and a receiving score from Lattimore.