St. Edward defeats Cincinnati Colerain for Division I State Championship

St. Edward’s strong second half led to a 24-10 win over Cincinnati Colerain.
Updated: Dec. 1, 2018 at 1:58 AM EST
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Northeast Ohio ran the table in the championship round for high school football.

The St. Edward Eagles (11-3) defeated Cincinnati Colerain (14-1) for their fourth Division 1 state championship.

The private school followed the lead of Northeast Ohio champs Kirtland (Division VI), Chagrin Falls Kenston (Division III) and Akron Archbishop Hoban Division II).

The Eagles had a lot of reason to celebrate

Coming off a 6-3 regular season the team was the underdog throughout the playoffs.

The boys lost in week ten to long-time rival St. Ignatius, and had to put the pads on again to play them back-to-back.

It was a lot of hype leading up to the game, but they shut down the naysayers and walked away with a victory when it mattered most.

Attendance for the game was 8,927.

The Eagles have been to the big show quite a few times.

This was Colerain’s first title game appearance since the Cardinals won their only championship in 2004.

The game was scoreless for nearly 20 minutes before Colerain broke the spell with an 80-yard drive.

Colerain ended the first half leading 10-7.

In the second half, the Eagles picked up the pace, outscoring the Cardinals 17-0.

Senior quarterback Garrett Dzuro connected with second-team All-Ohio wide receiver Quintel Kent for two passing touchdowns you can see below:

Dzuro ended the game a perfect 12-of-12 passing for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

His 12-consecutive completions in a single game is tied for the ninth-longest streak in OHSAA football history.

This team battled and played a tough grind. We knew if it was a game like this, we had been in them, if we could just get to that [second half]. We weathered the storm. I’m so proud of our guys.

St. Edward Head Coach Tom Lombardo

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