CLEVELAND — Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary won their fifth state championship in football on Saturday beating Bellevue 42-21 in the Division III state title game in Canton.
With the score tied at 14, St. Vincent-St. Mary scored 21-unanswered points to take a 35-14 lead. It was SVSM’s rushing game that was too much for Bellevue, the Irish finished the game with 281 rushing yards.
Parris Campbell led the way for SVSM with 14 carries for 165 yards and three touchdowns. Newman Williams scored two more times including a spectacular 41-yard touchdown run. Williams also had an interception which later led to an Irish touchdown.
The Fighting Irish finished the year 13-2 and won their fifth title, and their first since 1988.
In the Division V title game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Coldwater used a late interception to hold off the defending state champions, the Kirtland Hornets 10-9 in a rematch of the 2011 title game.
Austin Bruns threw for 223 yards and one touchdown as the Cavaliers won their third state title and first since 2007. Coldwater’s defense shut down Kirtland’s offense, holding Damon Washington to just 39 yards on 11 carries and shutting down the passing game as well, holding the Hornets to just 25 total passing yards.
Kirtland got within 10-9 late in the fourth quarter when Sam Skiljan tackled Brody Hoying in the end zone for a safety in the fourth, but Hoying made a huge defensive play, intercepting a Scott Eilerman pass with 1:05 left to preserve the win.
Kirtland has lost one game in two years.