Kirtland, Akron St.V-M win grid titles



The Kirtland Hornets football team won its second state championship in three years Dec. 6 -- this time in Division VI -- with a dominating 44-16 victory over Haviland Wayne Trace at Canton's Fawcett Stadium.

The Hornets, a member of the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division, finished with a 15-0 record this season. They lost in the Division V state title game last year and won the Division V crown in 2011.

Kirtland piled up a whopping 588 yards total offense, including 410 on the round, with Sam Kukura rushing for 196 (one touchdown) and Adam Hess gaining 177 and scoring two TDs.

Other Hornet TDs came on a 1-yard plunge by quarterback Sam Skiljan, Skiljan's 24-yard pass to Ryan Loncar and Skiljan's 51-yard throw to Matt Finkler.

One other Northeast Ohio team captured a state title, as Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary finished a 15-0 season with a 24-0 win over Trotwood-Madison. It was the second straight Division III crown for the Irish.

Newman Williams rushed for two touchdowns and recovered a fumble for the Irish, while Vince Locket ran one yard for a TD and Evan Cunningham kicked a 36-yard field goal.

Meanwhile, two Cleveland area teams lost in the finals, as Mentor was defeated by Cincinnati Moeller 55-52 in Division I and Glenville lost to Loveland 41-23 in Division II.

Moeller and Mentor combined for 1,136 total yards, a state record, while Mentor's Conner Krizancic passed for 419 yards, another state record. Krizancic is headed to the University of Cincinnati. He passed for two touchdowns and ran for another.

Glenville turned the ball over five times in the first half, and each led to a Loveland score. Overall, the Tarblooders lost the ball seven times. Marshon Lattimore hauled in a 47-yard TD pass and quarterback Quan Robinson and Davon Anderson scored Glenville's other TDs.

In the other two state final games, Coldwater beat Columbus Hartley 24-7 in Division V and Marion Local shut out Glouster Trimble of Athens County 33-0.

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