Ohio high school football playoffs: Moeller, Clinton-Massie go back to state to defend titles

Loveland makes first trip to semifinals

MASON, Ohio – Moeller and Clinton-Massie are going back to the Ohio football semifinals in hopes of repeating their 2012 state titles, while Loveland is taking the big stage for the first time.

Sites were announced Sunday: Moeller and Clinton-Massie will play at Dayton Welcome Stadium. Loveland is going to Columbus St. Francis DeSales Alumni Stadium.

Scroll to the bottom to see the statewide pairings.

Moeller quarterback Gus Ragland ran for four touchdowns in a 35-26 victory over Colerain, sending the Crusaders (12-1) against Hilliard Davidson (13-0) in the Division I state semifinals at 7 p.m. Saturday. Hilliard trounced Wayne 37-7.

It was the second straight year that Moeller knocked off an undefeated Colerain team two games short of the state finals.

RELATED: PHOTOS: Moeller Crusaders, 35, Colerain 26

Clinton-Massie (12-1) defeated Alter Friday and will meet undefeated Kenton (13-0) in Division IV at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Loveland (13-0) will play Zanesville (13-0) in Division II at 7:30 p.m. Friday after the Tigers' remarkable comeback against Mount Healthy. Loveland scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for a 35-28 victory.

Badin lost its chance for the school's third state title by falling to West Jefferson 17-7 in the Division V regional finals Saturday night.

Badin (10-3) couldn't stop the West Jeff running attack. The Roughriders (12-1) gained 282 of their 287 yards via the run. Quarterback Logan Stepp ran for 176 yards and the team’s final touchdown.

Badin QB Zach Larkin connected with Matt Kreke on a 3-yard pass for the Rams' only score. Badin committed two turnovers and went just 3-for-10 on third down.

Davidson also overpowered Wayne with its running game, rushing for 297 yards while throwing only two passes. DD Clark had 120 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown. Phillipie Motley added 94 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Nick Iske ran for 66 yards. His only completed pass went for a 67-yard TD.

On defense, the Wildcats forced five Wayne turnovers and the potent Warriors' passing attack never got untracked in the strong wind.


Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30
1 Lakewood St. Edward (11-1) vs. 2 Mentor (12-1) at University of Akron InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field
1 Hilliard Davidson (13-0) vs. 2  Moeller (12-1) at Dayton Welcome Stadium

Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29
1 Cle. Glenville (12-1) vs. 1 Medina Highland (13-0) at Parma Byers Field
3 Zanesville (13-0) vs. 1 Loveland (13-0) at Columbus St. Francis DeSales Alumni Stadium

Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29
1 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (13-0) vs. 2 Cols. Marion-Franklin (12-1) at New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium
2 Clyde (12-1) vs. 7 Trotwood-Madison (10-2) at Lima Stadium

Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29
3 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (9-4) vs. 8 Steubenville (9-4) at Canton Fawcett Stadium
2 Kenton (13-0) vs. 2  Clinton-Massie (12-1) at Dayton Welcome Stadium

Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30
1 Akron Manchester (11-2) vs. 1 Cols. Bishop Hartley (12-1) at Mansfield Arlin Field
5 Coldwater (11-2) vs. 1 West Jefferson (12-1) at Piqua Alexander Stadium – Purk Field

Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29

1 Kirtland (13-0) vs. 2 Cols. Bishop Ready (12-1) at Mansfield Arlin Field
5 Haviland Wayne Trace (12-1) vs. 4 Mechanicsburg (11-2) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field

Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30
1 Berlin Center Western Reserve (13-0) vs. 1 Glouster Trimble (13-0) at St. Clairsville Red Devil Stadium
3 Maria Stein Marion Local (13-0) vs. 8 Delphos St. John’s (9-4) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field

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