Four area teams advance to football state championships

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Trotwood's Kennedy Coates (left), James Parker and Taron Britt came up big in a 16-7 defeat of Toledo Central Catholic in a D-III high school football state semifinal at Piqua on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.

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Four area teams have advanced to next week’s high school football state championships: Trotwood-Madison (GWOC American South), Clinton-Massie (Southern Buckeye Conference), Marion Local (Midwest Athletic Conference) and Minster (MAC). The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced which teams would play when after Friday night’s state semifinals.

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Trotwood defenders Jayvanare Nelloms (21) and teammates get defensive during a 16-7 defeat of Toledo Central Catholic in a D-III state semifinal at Piqua on Friday. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Trotwood defenders Jayvanare Nelloms (21) and teammates get defensive during a 16-7 defeat of Toledo Central Catholic in a D-III state semifinal at Piqua on Friday. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

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Trotwood defenders Jayvanare Nelloms (21) and teammates get defensive during a 16-7 defeat of Toledo Central Catholic in a D-III state semifinal at Piqua on Friday. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

The championships shift from Columbus to Canton’s new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium Thursday through Saturday. The Division II title game will be played at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, then three each on Friday and Saturday.

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The final day’s tripleheader is loaded with area reps. Defending champ Marion Local (14-0) will play Kirtland (14-0) in a D-VI showdown of the state’s top-ranked teams at 10 a.m. At 3 p.m. it’s Clinton-Massie (13-1) vs. No. 1 Steubenville (14-0) in the D-IV championship. Trotwood (14-0) is paired with Dresden Tri-Valley (13-1) in the finale at 8 p.m.

All the games will be televised live on Spectrum Sports and broadcast by the OHSAA Radio Network.

FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Thursday, Nov. 30

D-II: Akron Archbishop Hoban (13-1) vs. Cin. Winton Woods (13-1), 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1

D-VII: Minster (10-4) vs. Cuyahoga Heights (12-1), 10 a.m.

D-V: Wheelersburg (14-0) vs. Pemberville Eastwood (14-0), 3 p.m.

D-I: Pickerington Central (13-1) vs. Mentor (13-1), 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2

D-VI: Marion Local (14-0) vs. Kirtland (14-0), 10 a.m.

D-IV: Clinton-Massie (13-1) vs. Steubenville (14-0), 3 p.m.

D-III: Trotwood-Madison (14-0) vs. Dresden Tri-Valley (13-1), 8 p.m.

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