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2015 Schedule

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School Date   Score
Kenton 8/28 H 42 - 0 W
Delphos Jefferson 9/4 H 35 - 6 W
Minster 9/11 H 28 - 0 W
St. Henry 9/18 A 38 - 0 W
Anna 9/25 H 40 - 7 W
Parkway 10/2 A 42 - 7 W
Marion Local 10/9 H  17 - 14 W
Versailles 10/16 A 44 - 7 W
Delphos St. John 10/23 H 47 - 7 W
New Bremen 10/30 A 48 - 0 W
Bethel-Tate 11/6 H 42 - 0 W
CHCA 11/13 Piqua 44 - 14 W
Brookville 11/20 Piqua 31 - 13 W
State Semi Finals
Wheelersburg 11/27 Xenia 36 - 6 W
State Finals
Canton Central Cat 12/4 OSU  

Scores of Interest

Game Score
Coldwater 36
Wheelersburg 6
McComb 14
Ft. Recovery 35
Milan Edison 14
Canton Central Catholic 17
Marion Local 0
Tinora 0

Playoff News

Div. V    Brackets
Coldwater will play  Canton Central Catholic
at Ohio State University Stadium
on Friday @ 10 AM

Final 2015 MAC Standings

School MAC OA
Coldwater 8-0 14-0
Marion Local 7-1 12-1
Ft. Recovery 6-2 12-2
Minster 6-2 10-3
St. Henry 4-4 6-4
Versailles 3-5 3-7
Anna 3-5 3-7
Parkway 2-6 2-8
Delphos St. Johns 1-7 1-9
New Bremen 0-8 1-9
Location: Coldwater, OH
Nickname: Cavaliers
Colors: Orange and Black
Conference: Midwest Athletic Conference
Enrollment: 173 boys
Football: Division V
Head Coach: Chip Otten
Years at school as Head Coach: 5
Record at school: 79 - 11
School State Titles: 5, ( 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014)
School State Runners-Up: 5 (1998, 2000, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Overall School Record  550 - 265 - 21
MAC Record  233 - 64 - 2


Coldwater football players earn All District Honors:
Jack Hemmelgarn - Offensive Player of the Year and 1st Team
Malave Bettinger - Defensive Player of the Year and 1st Team
Brandon Forsthoefel - 1st Team Offense
Aaron Harlamert - 1st Team Offense
Kraig Schoenherr - 1st Team Defense
Kyle McKibben - 2nd Team Kicker
Mitch Clune - 2nd Team Defense
Neal Muhlenkamp - 2nd Team Defense
Brandon Homan - 2nd Team Offense
Chris "Petey" Post - 2nd Team Offense
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The OHSAA football state championships return to Ohio Stadium this week with seven title games in the ‘Shoe. From the 715 teams that began the season, now 14 have the opportunity to play one more game, which will be for a state championship.
State Championships Schedule
Home team listed first. Pairings are shown with overall records.
Div. III - Thursday, 7:30 p.m. - Akron Archbishop Hoban (13-1) vs. Toledo Central Catholic (12-2)
Div. V - Friday, 10 a.m. - Coldwater (14-0) vs. Canton Central Catholic (10-3)
Div. VII - Friday, 3 p.m. - Fort Recovery (12-2) vs. Mogadore (13-1)
Div. II - Friday, 8 p.m. - Cincinnati La Salle (12-2) vs. Massillon Perry (12-2)
Div. VI - Saturday, 10 a.m. - Maria Stein Marion Local (13-1) vs. Kirtland (13-1)
Div. I - Saturday, 3 p.m. - Lakewood St. Edward (13-1) vs. Huber Heights Wayne (14-0)
Div. IV - Saturday, 8 p.m. - Steubenville (13-0) vs. Columbus Bishop Hartley (10-3)

Ticket Information

Fans are encouraged to buy playoff tickets in advance at the participating schools, which keep a percentage of the revenue. For the state championship games, tickets are $10 presale at the schools. Fans who cannot get to one of the schools can buy tickets online through Ticketmaster at http://go.osu.edu/OHSAAFB. Tickets will also be available at Gate 5 of Ohio Stadium (north rotunda area) for either $15 (club level) or $12 (reserved). All-session ticket books are still available online at the same website: http://go.osu.edu/OHSAAFB. All-session ticket books in the club level, which are the chair-back seats on the west side of the stadium, are $105 each (good for all seven games) and also permit indoor access in the Huntington Club before, during and after each game. All-session reserved ticket books on the east side of the stadium, which don’t include indoor access, are $84 each

State Championships Notes

Two Schools Making First Title Game Appearance
Two schools are making their first trip to the state championship game, including Massillon Perry in Div. II and Fort Recovery in Div. VII.  Fort Recovery, which formed its first high school football team in 1992, had only one winning season before making the playoffs last year. The Indians entered the 2015 playoffs with only one postseason win.
Adding Another Trophy
Four of the 2015 state finalists rank among the state’s most storied programs in terms of reaching the state championships. Coldwater (11th appearance), Maria Stein Marion Local (10th), Mogadore (8th) and Steubenville (7th) all rank in the Top 10 in the state in reaching the state championship game. See page 7.
Geography Lessons
Hugging the Ohio-Indiana state line, Mercer County has a total population of 40,784 (as of 2013). But this small county boasts three teams that have advanced to this week’s state championship games: Coldwater (Div. V), Maria Stein Marion Local (Div. VI) and Fort Recovery (Div. VII). The three communities are all less than 15 miles apart and the three schools are all members of the Midwest Athletic Conference (see next note).
But that’s not the only interesting geography note this week. Massillon Perry (Div. II) and Canton Central Catholic (Div. V) sit just 1.9 miles from each other. The schools have different street addresses, but their football stadiums both sit along 13th Street.
MAC Builds on Success
Last year, the highly successful Midwest Athletic Conference became the first league to have three of its members win football state championships in the same season (Coldwater in Div. V, Minster in Div. VI and Maria Stein Marion Local in Div. VII). This year, Coldwater returns in Div. V, Marion Local is now is Div. VI and newcomer Fort Recovery is in the Div. VII championship game. The MAC currently owns 114 various OHSAA state team championships.
The MAC had won two state championships in the same season five times, but never three titles.) The MAC is now 33-7 in state semifinal games against non-MAC schools. The MAC is 49-13 against non-MAC schools in OHSAA regional championship games. The MAC is 60-2 in first round playoff games against non-MAC schools since the playoffs expanded to eight qualifiers per region in 1999. (The two losses include a Versailles loss to Lima Central Catholic in 2005 and a Delphos St. John’s loss to Arlington in 2014.)
Marion Local Sets Consecutive Playoff Wins Record
Not only has Maria Stein Marion Local reached the state championship game for the fifth-straight year, the four-time defending state champion Flyers have set a new OHSAA record for consecutive playoff victories with 24. And not far behind is fellow-MAC member and three-time defending state champion Coldwater with 19-straight playoff wins.
                No.          School Years
                *24         Maria Stein Marion Local 2011‐12‐13‐14-15
                23           Cleveland St. Ignatius 1991‐92‐93‐94‐95‐96
                *19         Coldwater 2012‐13‐14-15
                17           Youngstown Ursuline 2008‐09‐10‐12
                17           Newark Catholic 84‐85‐86‐87‐88
                16           Delphos St. John’s 1997‐98‐99‐2000
                15           Versailles 1993‐94‐95‐96
                13           Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller 1975‐76‐77‐79‐80‐81
* denotes streak is still active
Division II Finalists Continue to Be the New Kids on the Block
When the OHSAA expanded the football playoffs to seven divisions in 2013 and made Division I smaller (including only the largest 72 schools in the state), one of the resulting effects was that many schools that used to be “small” Div. I schools were now in Div. II. Since then, many Div. II schools have made their schools’ deepest playoff runs. That began with Loveland in 2013 and continued with Cincinnati La Salle last year. Both schools not only won their first-ever playoff games those seasons, but went on to win the Div. II state title. That fact was evidenced again this year as the Div. II state semifinalists were all making their first or second appearance in the “final four.” See page 9 for a look at Massillon Perry and La Salle.
Rematch City in Div. I and V
Lakewood St. Edward and Huber Heights Wayne are meeting for the third time in the state championship game. St. Edward has won the previous two meetings, including 31-21 last year and 35-28 in 2010. In Div. V, Coldwater and Canton Central Catholic are meeting again, as well. Coldwater won 62-21 last year. In the other five state championship games, this is the first meeting in the playoffs between those schools.
Defending State Champions, Two New Coaches
There are five defending state champions returning to Columbus this year, including St. Edward (Div. I), Cincinnati La Salle (Div. II), Toledo Central Catholic (Div. III), Coldwater (Div. V) and Maria Stein Marion Local (Div. VI, won Div. VII title last year). St. Edward and La Salle are under the direction of new head coaches this season.
Inside the Matchups by Seed and AP Rank
One state championship game features the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in the final Associated Press state poll. That is in Div. I, where it’s a rematch from last season as top-ranked Lakewood St. Edward faces No. 2 Huber Heights Wayne. One other championship games features a pair of Top 5 ranked teams. That is in Div. VI, where No. 1 Maria Stein Marion Local faces No. 4 Kirtland. Only one other top-ranked team has made it to the final weekend. That is in Div. V with Coldwater. Marion Local is a four-time defending state champion (Div. VI or VII), while Coldwater is the three-time defending state champion in DIv. V.
Of the 14 state finalists games, only one features two teams that were both the No. 1 seed in their region. That occurs in Div. IV when Middletown Bishop Fenwick faces Columbus Bishop Hartley. Overall, the 28 teams remaining in the playoffs include 14 No. 1 seeds, five No. 2 seeds, seven No. 3 seeds and two No. 5 seeds.
Proving, or Disproving, the Pollsters
Of the 28 teams that reached the state semifinals, 18 of them were ranked in the Top 10 of the final Associated Press state poll. In Div. I, all four teams were ranked in the AP Top 5, while in Divisions II, III and IV, two of the state semifinalists in each of those divisions was not ranked in the final Top 10. One state semifinal matchup featured two teams that were not ranked at the end of the season, that was in Div. II where Hudson faces Massillon Perry. Two state semifinal matchups feature teams that were ranked first and second in the final poll. One was in Div. V where No. 1 Coldwater faced No. 2 Wheelersburg, while the other was in Div. VII where No. 1 Danville faced No. 2 Mogadore.
This year, all 71 teams that appeared in the Top 10 of the final AP poll qualified for the playoffs (there was a tie for the No. 10 spot in Div. VI), with 69 of those teams earning a first-round home game. Last year, all 70 teams that appeared in the Top 10 of the final AP poll qualified for the playoffs, with 65 earning a first-round home game. Last year, the only team to be ranked No. 1 in the final poll and go on to win a state championship was Maria Stein Marion Local in Division VII.
Speaking of Making History...
Newark Catholic made the playoffs for a state record 34th time this year. The Green Wave had been tied with Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller with 33 appearances, but Moeller didn’t make the playoffs this season.
   OHSAA PLAYOFF APPEARANCES (updated for 2015 qualifiers)
        1. Newark Catholic, 34
        2. Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, 33
        3. Ironton, 32
        4. Mogadore, 29
        5. Steubenville, 28
Playoff Streaks
Coldwater owns the longest active streak of qualifying for the playoffs at 19-straight years. In fact, the Cavaliers have been to the state championship game the last six years. Newark Catholic owns the record with eight straight title game appearances from 1980-87 followed by Cleveland St. Ignatius with six in a row from 1991-96. Until 2012, Columbus St. Francis DeSales had owned the longest active streak at 18-straight years, but the Stallions missed the playoffs that season. After Coldwater, the second-longest active streak is held by Mogadore at 17 straight playoff years. The all-time longest streak of consecutive years making the playoffs is 22 years by Cleveland St. Ignatius from 1988 through 2009.