OHSAA Football State Championship Primer

OHSAA Football State Championship Primer

Submitted by ldoublee on November 30th, 2012 at 10:15 AM

For those of you who are fortunate enough to live outside of Ohio, I wanted to make sure that you knew today is the first day of the Ohio High School Football State Finals.  Today, Division VI, IV, and II (in that order) are playing.  If you live in Ohio or have a satellite dish, the games are all televised on Sportstime Ohio (662 for you DIRECTV customers).   Since there is an abundance of talent in these games, and who doesn't love 8 hours of football...I've put together some info on all the games today.

 I've been planning to write a primer for those who don't follow as closely.  Unfortunately, I have procrastinated to the point where I no longer have any time to put it off, so here we go...


Game #1 - Division VI Championship.

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Massillon, OH

Matchup: Maria Stein Marion Local (12-2) vs Newark Catholic (12-2)

General Info: Both teams like to throw the ball and have both had very challenging schedules (MSML plays in the toughest 'pound for pound' league in the state while NC plays a schedule full of tough Division III and IV teams)

Interesting Info: These two teams are perennial powers who have a combined 13 state championships (MSML - 5, NC - 8), but they have never faced each other.

 Outlook:  Marion Local is a slight favorite.  If I were an oddsmaker, I would have them as a 4 pt favorite.  This should be an excellent game with both teams putting up some points on the board.

Players to watch: Adam Bertke, QB - Marion Local.  He visited a UM game this  year and is one of the QB's under consideration for an offer.


Game #2 - Division IV Championship

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Canton Fawcett Stadium, Canton, OH

Matchup: Saint Clairsville (14-0) vs Clinton Massie (14-0)

General Info: These two teams both got here with a major upset in the semifinals.  Saint Clairsville took down the 2011 state champion, Norwayne 40-27 while Clinton Massie defeated previously unbeaten (and 2010 champion) Columbus Bishop Hartley 45-0.

Interesting Facts: Both teams are appearing in their first OHSAA championship game. Saint Clairsville has outscored their opponents by an average of 48.4 to 17.2 and has not scored less than 37 points in any of their 14 games. Clinton Massie averages 55.4 ppg (!!) while holding their opponents to 5.3 ppg,  and has not scored less than 35 in any of their 14 games.  They have eclipsed the 75 pt barrier 3 times.

Outlook: Clinton Massie is probably a 14 pt. favorite based on their stellar defensive play.  People at the SC games last year thought that Ferns was a little dinged up as well. Either way, there is going to be some quick scoring in this game and should be very exciting to watch.

Players to wach:

Michael Ferns, RB,/LB - Saint Clairsville.  You may have heard of him before.

Dan Monteroso, WR/DB - Saint Clairsville.  A BC commit has racked up huge receiving numbers on the SC's playoff march.


Game #3 - Division II Championship.

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Massillon, OH

Matchup: Toledo Central Catholic (13-1) vs Dayton Trotwood-Madison (12-2)

General Info: Two heavy hitters with loads of Division I CFB talent.  Trotwood is the defending Division II state champion, while TCC is looking to win their first since 2005. TCC's only loss (0-42) came at the hands of Toledo Whitmer who is playing for the Division I title on Saturday. 

Interesting Info: Trotwood has survived 1 OT game and a back and forth nail-biter vs. New Albany to get back to the title game.

 Outlook:  After looking at the depth of D-1 talent on hand, you would think TM would be a big favorite.  However, TM does not have good QB play while TCC has a big-time prospect in Kizer leading them.  This levels the playing field, IMO. This game should be a close one, with so many exciting players on hand.  People are leaning toward TCC, but I would call it a toss up.

Players to Watch: Considering that Trotwood Madison is the Cass Tech of Ohio, we will start there.. 2013 recruits..

Mike McCray LB/TE - Trotwood.  You may know something about him...

Cam Burrows DB - Trotwood. ohio commit #4 CB per Rivals, #27 player overall

Jarrod Clements DE - Trotwood. Illinois commit #17 DE per Rivals

Reon Dawson CB - Trotwood. Illinois commit, but UM recruit. Unranked 3* per rivals

Israel Green RB - Trotwood. Uncommitted 2* RB who set a state record in the title game last year

Cody Collins OG - Trotwood. Marshall commit. 2* per Rivals

Trey Williams-Brown DE - Trotwood. Uncommitted 3* per Rivals

2014 recruits include: Kieran Winn (DB), Ashton Jackson (RB, multiple D-1 offers), Verondtae Wilkinson (DE, Illinois & Cincinnati offers), Kendric Mallory (Illinois offer), Ryan Reese (Illinois offer) --I'm starting to see a trend here...


Jayme Thomspon S - TCC. #19 S and #195 overall per Rivals.  4* ohio commit

Keith Towbridge TE - TCC. Unranked 3* per Rivals (Underrated, IMO)

2014 recruits include: Deshone Kizer (4* QB) and UM recruit. Paul Moses (RB, Nebraska offer),






OT: Alabama Teabagging Fan gets 2 years

OT: Alabama Teabagging Fan gets 2 years

Submitted by Shakey Jake on November 30th, 2012 at 7:17 AM

This guy better hope he goes into a prison with a ton of Bama fans otherwise he's going to find out really fast how often he is going to get teabagged, among other things, while doing his stint.

The question is, would you teabag a drunk OSU fan?

I wouldn't. But i'd be tempted to dump the feces filled OSU cooler on him.

Lesson to be learned here. Don't get so wasted in public that you pass out in public. So with that in mind, what are you drinking this evening?


Did Michigan offer a JUCO DT recently?

Did Michigan offer a JUCO DT recently?

Submitted by mpbear14 on November 29th, 2012 at 7:22 PM

RT @SeanScherer247: #MichiganState target '13 JUCO DT Marquel Combs adds offers from #Michigan & #PennState http://t.co/9yF9zGOb via @247Sports 06:59PM

Just to cite where I got this info: gbmwolverine. 

Can anyone confirm this?  Any of the recruiting services out there talking about this? 

Shocking we offered a JUCO assuming this is legit.


Pretty impressive offer list. 4*

OT: To Buy Out Failed Coach, S. Miss Sold Home-Field Advantage Back To Nebraska for $2.1 Million

OT: To Buy Out Failed Coach, S. Miss Sold Home-Field Advantage Back To Nebraska for $2.1 Million

Submitted by ChicagoB1GRed on November 29th, 2012 at 4:30 PM

The headline says it all. Because of financial difficulties, a poor season, and a fired coach owed a buyout, Southern Miss will play their "home" game next year against Nebraska in Lincoln. There had been talk of it being moved to the Superdome or Arrowhead, but this is by far the most bizarre deal I've ever heard of.


Athletic Dept Changes to Priority Points (HUGE!)

Athletic Dept Changes to Priority Points (HUGE!)

Submitted by MLaw06 on November 29th, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Beginning in 2013, the Priority Points system will be modified to give more points to Michigan alums and athletes.  Specifically, the priority points for one alumnus(a) will increase from 5 points to 20 points and the priority points for one athlete will increase from 10 points to 40 points.  Alumni couples and athlete couples may combine their points to a max of 40 points and 80 points for each such category, respectively. [Chart below highlights these changes (note: an athlete is also assumed to be an alum for purposes of the calculations below).  The plus numbers are netted as compared to current point values for their respective categories.]

This will cause significant priority point inflation for alums and athletes (and conversely, depreciation for non-alums and non-athletes).  The magnitude of this change can be extrapolated into dollars by converting 1 point to $100 (i.e., which is the conversion rate based on direct donations to Michigan Athletics), which results in a net benefit to single alums in the amount of $1,500... and to athlete/alum couples of $9,000, etc.

Given that the current (as of 2012 based on the Michigan website) median for priority points is 21.2, this is a huge change.


1 Alum


2 Alums


1 Athlete


2 Athletes


25% 3.82 18.82 33.82 48.82 93.82
50% 21.2 36.2 51.2 66.2 111.2
90% 174.67 189.67 204.67 219.67 264.67
95% 326.65 341.65 356.65 371.65 416.65
99% 1365.81 1380.81 1395.81 1410.81 1455.81

What are your thoughts re: whether this is an appropriate change to properly value a Michigan degree and/or varsity athletic involvement?  Does this unfairly affect the Michigan fans who are not alums?