December 6, 2006

Records fall in Ohio DI championship

Hilliard (Ohio) Davidson's 36-35 double-overtime victory over Mentor in the Ohio Division I state championship game was one for the ages. The Wildcats trailed by as many as 14 points before staging the biggest comeback in state championship game history.

Nine state title game records were tied or broken on Saturday including three by Davidson senior running back Bo Delande. The 6-foot, 185-pounder rushed for 236 yards and scored five touchdowns and the game-winning two-point conversion.

"That just shows how big the game was," Delande said. "I kind of came in with a chip on my shoulder because I was only Honorable Mention All-State. But, my coaches told me that winning a state title would be better."

Winning that title was in doubt after Mentor scored a touchdown and converted the extra point to take a 35-28 lead in the second overtime. But, Delande and the Wildcats refused to lose. After Delande scored his fifth touchdown of the night to pull Davidson to within one, head coach Brian White turned to his standout senior for the win.

"Coach asked what play I wanted to run," Delande said. "I said it doesn't matter, just give me the ball and I'll get in."

Delande took an inside toss into the end zone for the dramatic victory.

The Division III state championship game at Massillon wasn't without its own dramatic finish. Defending state champ, Steubenville, jumped out to an early 14-0 lead before Kettering Archbishop Alter roared back. But every time the Knights got close Steubenville would score again. The Big Red led at halftime, 34-20.

In the second half, the Knights played like they had in each of the previous 14 games prior to the state tournament and shut down the Big Red. Chris Roark's 4-yard touchdown run with 9:17 remaining in the game pulled the Knights to within one point but the extra point was blocked and Steubenville held on for its 30th consecutive victory.

Steubenville quarterback Zach Collaros completed 10 of 16 passes for 254 yards and three scores and he added 44 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Collaros completed his career a perfect 30-0 as the Big Red starting quarterback.

"The last two years have been great," Collaros said. "It's not just me, it's the whole team that is 30-0. I couldn't have done it without them."

In the Division V game Saturday afternoon, Andy Puthoff rushed 37 times for 215 yards and three touchdowns to lead St. Henry (14-1) to a 28-7 victory over previously undefeated Warren John F. Kennedy.

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