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Week 15 Coldwater-Kirtland State Championship Preview

November 30, 2011
Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC)



For the third season in a row, Coldwater Cavalier fans will bid farewell to their season in Northeast Ohio, as the Orange and Black play for the chance to win the Division V state championship.  In 2009 and 2010, the Youngstown Ursuline Irish crushed their dreams of capturing the school’s third state championship, but this season the Cavaliers look to leave Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon with the gold trophy firmly in tow.  At 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Coldwater will bash pads with the 14-0 Kirtland Hornets, who are making their first-ever appearance in the state championship contest.  For Coldwater’s head coach Chip Otten, the experience has been something that has seemingly gotten a little easier.    “The football stuff this week is not any different than last season or in years past,” he pointed out.  “Having gone through all of the media and off-field things last season has made this year a little easier.  Also Eric Goodwin, our athletic director, is awesome about taking care of many of the off-field issues – I am so thankful for him.  We are looking forward to playing in Massillon.  We played the last two seasons in Canton, and Massillon definitely has more of a high school feel to it.”

Last Friday, the Cavaliers bettered the Hicksville Aces 41-21 in a battle Coldwater had well in hand from the second period on.  A four-yard touchdown run by Jordan Chapin put the Cavs on the board first, but Hicksville tied it up a few minutes later before the two teams rolled into the second quarter with the game knotted at seven.  Two more scores by Chapin and a 40-yard touchdown pass from Austin Bruns to Caleb Siefring, put Coldwater in front 28-7 at intermission.  The closest Hicksville pulled from that point was 14 points in both the third and fourth quarters.  Chapin finished the game with 59 yards on the ground, while Bruns added 225 in the air with two touchdown passes.  “Against Hicksville, we got off to a great start to send a message that we weren’t over-confident,” Otten explained.  “We responded with a score of our own and then played great defense after their first score.”

In order for the Cavaliers to raise the Division V state championship trophy for the first time since 2007, they will need to get by the Kirtland Hornets, who have an average margin of victory in the playoffs of 39 points.  The closest anyone has come to touching them was Columbiana Crestview who lost 35-7 two weeks ago in the regional final.  Through the regular season, the Hornets’ closest game was a 12-point win over Cuyahoga Heights, who concluded the season 9-2.  Offensively, they drain the clock with a methodical offense, while on defense they have allowed less than seven points per game through 14 outings.  “They are a very physical football team both offensively and defensively - my concern is
that they can take huge chunks of clock with their offensive style,” cautioned Otten.  “They
remind me of an MAC opponent – they are very sound and physical with no noticeable weaknesses.”

By Robb Hemmelgarn


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