CANTON, Ohio (WJW) — It was a tough night in Canton for the Massillon Tigers football team.
Cincinnati La Salle won the 4th state title in the school’s history by beating the Tigers 34-17 to claim the Division II title at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
Massillon was in the title game for the second year in a row and came up short again.
Massillon has not won a state title since the computer playoff system was installed in the early 1970s.
La Salle jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first half when Cam Porter took a direct snap and scored from a short distance.
Two long touchdown passes from quarterback Aiden Longwell helped Massillon stay close. La Salle led 21-17 at the half.
In the second half, La Salle got another touchdown run from Porter and two field goals to take a 34-17 lead. Massillon could not answer.
34-17 was the final score.
Massillon lost last season in the state title game to the Akron Hoban Knights.
The championship weekend in Canton continues with 3 games each on Friday and Saturday. The Kirtland Hornets will be playing for the Division 5 title Saturday night at 8 p.m.