SVSM Wins State Title, Kirtland Falls Just Short

St. Vincent-St. Mary defeated Bellevue 42-21 to win the Ohio Division III State Championship on Saturday in Canton.

Bellevue jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, then the Fighting Irish answered with two straight touchdowns to grab a 14-7 lead. It was tied at 14 with 48 seconds to go in the half when Parris Campbell Jr scored from a yard out to give SVSM a 21-14 lead. They'd put it away in the second half to win their fifth state title in school history, their first since 1988.

Campbell scored three times on the day and ran for 165 yards on only 14 carries.

The Division V title game in Massillon saw the Kirtland Hornets lose 10-9 to Coldwater.

The Cavaliers lead the game 7-0 in the second quarter when Kirtland QB Scott Eilerman hit Matthew Finkler on fourth-and-goal with 2:20 to go in the half. The tie was short lived though, as Kyle Bergman's 28-yard field goal gave Coldwater a 10-7 halftime lead.

The Hornets would cut it to 10-9 in the fourth quarter when defensive back Sam Skiljan tackled a Coldwater receiver in the end zone for a safety.

Kirtland was never able to finish off the rally though, they lost their first game in two years.

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