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CINCINNATI – Moeller and Clinton-Massie are going back to the state football finals to try to repeat their 2012 titles while Loveland takes the stage for the first time.

Moeller won a defensive struggle with Hilliard Davidson, 13-11, Saturday in the Division I semifinal at Dayton Welcome Stadium. The Crusaders (13-1) meet Mentor (13-1) for the title at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Canton Fawcett Stadium. Mentor beat Lakewood St. Edward, 41-38, in the other Division I semifinal.

Moeller quarterback Gus Ragland threw a 41-yard TD pass to wide receiver Chase Pankey and Matthew Coghlin kicked two field goals in the semifinal win.

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“I’m proud of them. We were in a tight game," Moeller coach John Rodenberg said. "These guys have a lot of perseverance."

Moeller has won eight state football titles and was runner-up four times since the playoffs began in 1972.

RELATED: Moeller game story

Loveland is going to the Division II championship game after a second straight amazing comeback Friday night.

The Tigers scored the game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion with 17 seconds left, then beat Zanesville 38-35 on junior Evan Burig's 29-yard field goal in double overtime. Loveland erased a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter against Mount Healthy last week.

RELATED: Loveland game story

The undefeated Tigers (14-0) will meet Cleveland Glenville (13-1) for the championship at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Canton Fawcett Stadium. Glenville beat Medina Highland, 41-13.

Clinton-Massie (13-1), last year’s Division IV state champ, rallied with two fourth-quarter touchdowns for a 21-20 win over Kenton Friday night. C-M will play Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (10-4) at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. Mooney beat Steubenville 37-7.

RELATED: Clinton-Massie game story

Tickets for the championship games will be available through participating schools Dec. 2-4. Tickets may also be purchased at the stadium gates on game day. Tickets are $10 per game and sales begin 90 minutes before kickoff.

OHIO CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Division I
Moeller (13-1) vs. Mentor (13-1), 3 p.m. Saturday at Canton Fawcett Stadium.
Division II
Loveland  (14-0) vs. Cleveland Glenville, 7 p.m. Friday at Canton Fawcett Stadium.
Division III
Trotwood Madison (11-2) vs. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (14-0), 7 p.m. Thursday at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Division IV
Clinton-Massie (13-1) vs. Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (10-4). 3 p.m. Friday at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Division V
Columbus Bishop Hartley (13-1) vs. Coldwater (12-2), 11 a.m. Saturday at  Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Division VI
Kirtland (14-0) vs. Haviland Wayne Trace (13-1), 11 a.m. Friday at Canton Fawcett Stadium.
Division VII
Glouster Trimble (14-0) vs. Maria Stein Marion Local (14-0),  7 p.m. Saturday at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.


STATE SEMIFINAL SCORES
Division I

Moeller 13, Hilliard Davidson 11
Mentor 41, Lakewood St. Edward 38
Division II
Loveland 38, Zanesville 35
Glenville 42,  Medina Highland 13
Division III
Trotwood Madison 54, Clyde 7
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 17,  Columbus Marion Franklin 9
Division IV
Clinton-Massie 21, Kenton 20
Youngstown  Cardinal Mooney 37, Steubenville 7
Division V
Columbus Bishop Hartley 49,  Manchester 22
Coldwater 35, West Jefferson 10
Division VI
Kirtland 10,  Columbus Bishop Ready 7
Haviland Wayne Trace 57, Mechanicsburg 10
Division VII
Glouster Trimble 14, Berlin Center 10
Maria Stein Marion Local 35,  Delphos St. John's 6

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