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Versailles stops skid

COLDWATER, OH – After beginning the season with 16 wins in the first 17 games the Versailles Tigers were rolling along but were saddled recently with three losses by a combined 12 points heading into Friday night’s MAC tilt at Coldwater where they emerged victorious 67-64.

“Everyone has been playing us with a box and one defense, we finally had a week to prepare for it and figured out how to shoot against it,” said Versailles coach Travis Swank on his teams approach to Coldwater’s defensive scheme to shut down his star senior and future Ohio State Buckeye Justin Aherns.

While Aherns was held to under half of his per game average of 26 points per game with 12, it was fellow senior Keaton McEldowney who had a big night as he sliced the Cavaliers defense for 15 of his game high 24 markers in the opening period.

Similar to the night Kami McEldowney recently had for the Versailles girls team, the 8.7 per game scorer connected on a trio of first quarter threes to put his team on top 20-18 at the first quarter break.

On the Coldwater side the night belonged to 6’2 junior Marcus Bruns who put in a pair from behind the arc early to help keep his team within striking distance of the Midwest Athletic Conference’s highest scoring club on the year.

With the game tied at 20-20 mid way through the second it was Aherns who would dent the scoreboard for the first time as he found the bottom of the net on a three pointer and then turned a score into a quick bucket to give Versailles a 25-20 advantage.

Cole Frilling finished the game with 15 points for the Cavaliers on the evening but it was his barrage of nine in the second stanza that helped pushed his crew to a 37-36 halftime lead.

Free throws and three pointers punctuated each teams many runs in the second half but it was the visiting Tigers who would strike last as they hit on 7 of 12 from the line to help secure their fourth straight win against the Cavs.

Similar to what he had done in the second period, Justin Aherns struck quickly as he stole a pass from Coldwater seconds after connecting on 1 of 2 from the charity stripe to re-energize his teams offense.

For the game the Tigers shot 10 of 19 from behind the arc and 13 of 20 from the line. The big story for the Cavaliers was their offensive rebounding as 10 of their 25 total snags came of the offensive variety and led to easy stick backs. From the line themselves the Cavs finished 13 of 16.

Versailles (17-4) moves to 7-2 on the season in the Midwest Athletic Conference and will wrap up their regular season on Saturday night when they host Greenville.

Nick Fisher and Coldwater fall to 10-10 overall and 3-5 in the MAC and will travel to Wapak on Saturday evening for a non-conference tilt with the Redskins to end their regular campaign.

Box Score:

Versailles (67):

Justin Aherns 12
Kyle Jones 5
Keaton McEldowney 24
Michael Stammen 8
Carter May 5
Noah Richard 2
Evan Hiestand 4
AJ Aherns 7

3PT: 10/19 (McEldowney 4, J. Aherns 2, May, A. Aherns, Stammen, Jones)
FT: 13/20
TO: 8
REB: 24 (A. Aherns 8)

Coldwater (64):

Marcus Bruns 20
Cole Frilling 15
Sam Broering 6
Jacob Wenning 9
Mitch Balster 2
Myles Blasingame 1
Derek Albers 11

FG: 22/48
3PT: 7/17 (Bruns 3, Broering 2, Frilling, J. Wenning)
FT: 13/15
REB: 25 (D. Albers 11)
TO: 7

JV (OT): Versailles wins 59-58 on a on a Ryan Martin shot with 1.2 seconds left.

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Cavaliers stop Bearcat comeback

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Coldwater jumped out to a big first quarter lead on Tuesday evening on the road at Spencerville and held on to that lead late as they defeated the host Bearcats 47-45 in a non-conference tilt.

Despite not having the services of leading scorer Kourtney Diller the Cavaliers blitzed out to a 16-6 first period lead as Mara Dues and Olivia Harlamert connected on a pair of jumpers from behind the arc to stymie the home teams defensive efforts.

Jenna Henline got the scoring going from the outside for the Bearcats as she connected on a shot from deep and finished the second quarter with seven of her 10 points in the ballgame. Layups off of Coldwater turnovers by Melanie Koenig and Jayden Smith helped to keep Spencerville in the contest and down just 29-25 at the halftime stoppage.

For the Cavaliers who finished the first half 12 of 27 from the field they were lead by Lauren Gilliland with 10 first half points and a handful of rebounds as well.

In the second half of the game the Cavaliers offense was held to just four makes from the field, including a second three pointer on the night by Harlamert that helped to quell a Bearcat run in the third period.

With their makes from the field limited, the visiting team turned to the free throw line and connected on 9 of 16 in the second half.

Trailing 40-33 at the start of the final stanza the Bearcats went to work from beyond the arc as the duo of Nelaya Burden and Koenig each tossed in a three ball to pull their team to within a bucket with just under ten seconds remaining.

As the ball was inbounded for the final time in the fourth quarter Spencerville was unable to steal the basketball and even the score before the clock reached zero and fell 47-45.

Coldwater has now beaten the Bearcats six straight times in the series and could possibly meet Spencerville once more this season as each are in the Division 3 Elida District come tournament time.

The Cavaliers have now won eight straight games and sees their record sit at 11-5 overall. Coldwater will travel to St. Henry on Thursday night and look to move their Midwest Athletic Conference record to 4-3.

Spencerville with the loss sees their two game winning streak come to and end. The Bearcats will take their 8-6 overall mark and 3-1 NWC record to visit Allen East on Thursday for a conference tilt as they look to stay in the race for their first conference crown in school history.

Gilliland led all scorers with 14 in the game for Coldwater while Burden was the high mark for Spencerville with 12 in the contest.

Box Score:

Coldwater (47):

Mara Dues 11
Alli May 2
Olivia Harlamert 8
Maura Hoying 4
Lauren Gilliland 14
Katie Alig 4
Grace Bruns 4

FG: 16/50
3PT: 3/11
FT: 12/21
TO: 15

Spencerville (45):

Kaiden Grigsby 2
Jenna Henline 10
Jayden Smith 8
Nelaya Burden 12
Emma Leis 2
Melanie Koenig 11

FG: 15/40

3PT: 3/15
FT: 8/13
TO: 14

JV: Spencerville 39-36

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Cavaliers rally past Indians

COLDWATER, OH – Fort Recovery may have led for a good portion of their MAC contest Friday night but a late rally by Coldwater helped the Cavaliers rally past them for a 66-63 victory in front of a packed crowd at the Palace.

First team All-Ohio football standout Dylan Thobe’s three pointer with 1:40 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the home squad a 60-59 advantage in the final period and teammates Neal Muhlenkamp and Marcus Bruns free throws helped ice the contest for the Cavs who have now beaten their Midwest Athletic Conference rivals three straight times.

Caleb Martin, the future Toledo Rocket Quarterback helped put his team on top early in the first quarter as he and Micaiah Cox combined to score 14 of the Indians opening quarter 23 markers. Three pointers helped keep Coldwater in the game in the first period as Sam Broering, Thobe, and Jacob Wenning all connected from behind the arc to bring their squad within 8.

With foul trouble limiting Cox’s availability on the floor in the middle two quarters the Indians were forced to look for scoring elsewhere and it was Martin they found willing to answer the call as he cashed in on nine points including a triple. Payton Jutte was effective as well for Fort Recovery, scoring 11 points in the contest but was unable to have a good night from the free throw line as he finished just 3/7.

Neal Muhlenkamp finished the game with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Coldwater but it was his second half that had the home fans talking. Tasked with guarding the inside and the big scorers for Fort Recovery the 6’3 Senior held his own as he helped engineer a handful of fast breaks during his teams comeback in the second half where he scored 13 of his points on the evening.

On the evening the Cavaliers outrebounded their opponents 29-27 and held an advantage at the free throw line where they connected on 17/22 offerings to just 7/12 for the Indians.

In the fourth quarter alone Coldwater Sophomore guard Marcus Bruns hit on 6/7 from the charity stripe and finished the game with a remarkable 11/12 performance to give his team their ninth win of the season.

Fort Recovery falls to 11-7 on the season and 3-4 in MAC play, the Indians will travel to Triad for a non-league matchup on Saturday night while Coldwater (9-9, 3-4) is home against Tri-Village.

Box Score:

Coldwater (66):
Marcus Bruns 15
Sam Broering 9
Dylan Thobe 13
Neal Muhlenkamp 14
Mitch Balster 2
Cole Frilling 4
Jacob Wenning 5
Derek Albers 4

FG: 20/47
3PT: 7/26
FT: 17/22
TO: 9

Fort Recovery (63):
Caleb Martin 18
Ryan Braun 5
Payton Jutte 11
Cade Wendel 2
Travis Sutter 2
Matt Bihn 6
Jason Roessner 5
Micaiah Cox 14

FG: 25/46
3PT: 4/13
FT: 7/12
TO: 7

JV: Coldwater 41-40

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St. Henry downs Coldwater in OT

ST. HENRY, OH – It took an extra quarter Friday night but the St. Henry Redskins were able to complete their comeback in front of their home fans and down MAC rival Coldwater in OT 62-53.

Trailing for most of the contest the Redskins took a three point lead at 51-48 near the end of the fourth quarter but were unable to stop Coldwater Sophomore Cole Frilling from connecting on a right wing three pointer with just over ten seconds to go in the game to tie the contest at 51-51. On their final possession of regulation St. Henry was unable to get a shot to drop to pick up the win before the fourth period buzzer rang out.

Despite seeing Senior Mitch Schwieterman connect on just 2/7 from the free throw line in the overtime period and 2/9 in the fourth and OT the Redskins got solid contributions from Tyler Schlarman, Ryan Luttmer, and a basket from Schwieterman himself as they outscored the Cavs 11-2 en route to the victory.

Combined the two squads finished 30/97 from the field and shot 9/36 from behind the three point line.

St. Henry committed just a trio of turnovers in the game and utilized nearly every player on their roster and every foul available to them to combat their rivals. Coldwater finished the game with 14 turnovers and many that stymied possessions late in the ballgame that could have given the Cavs just their fourth win in the last 19 meetings with the Redskins.

Four players for St. Henry finished in double figures led by leading scorer Tyler Schlarman who tossed in three above his season average with a game high 17. Ryan Luttmer scored 14 in the contest with a pair of three pointers while Blake Hoyng added 13 and Parker Link tossed in 10 for the victors.

Marcus Bruns led Coldwater’s offensive attack with 13 while Dylan Thobe added a dozen on 5/11 shooting.

Coldwater sees their season record drop to 5-8 overall and 2-3 in Midwest Athletic Conference play while the Redskins up their mark to 10-5 overall and 3-2 in MAC play. The Cavaliers will play host to the Van Wert Cougars Saturday night while St. Henry travels to Wapakoneta to take on the state ranked Redskins in non-league play.

Box Score:

St. Henry (62):
Curtis Uhlenhake 3
Ryan Luttmer 14
Mitch Schwieterman 4
Ryan Bruening 1
Tyler Schlarman 17
Parker Link 10
Blake Hoyng 13

FG: 21/50
3PT: 5/18 (Uhlenhake, Luttmer 2, Link, Hoyng)
FT: 15/26
REB: 30
TO: 3

Coldwater (53):
Marcus Bruns 13
Sam Broering 9
Dylan Thobe 12
Neal Muhlenkamp 8
Derek Albers 6
Cole Frilling 5

FG: 19/47
3PT: 4/18 (Broering, Thobe 2, Frilling)
FT: 11/16
REB: 29
TO: 14

JV: St. Henry 56-45

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Flyers hoist 9th state title

COLUMBUS, OH – It might not have been the prettiest win in Marion Local history but it certainly was just as meaningful as the past 8 state title victories Friday afternoon as the Flyers staved off previously unbeaten Cuyahoga Heights with a 21-17 victory.

Offensively Marion Local committed four turnovers to just one for Cuyahoga Heights and held the high octane Redskins offense to 254 yards on the morning/afternoon.

Cuyahoga Heights started the scoring in the contest in the first quarter with a 31 yard field goal from kicker Mark Shafer to strike first and lead 3-0.

Marion Local’s response to their opponents field goal would come just moments later on the next drive of the game as the Flyers marched 71 yards on 8 plays and pulled ahead 7-3 as Nate Moeller took a toss sweep off the right side of the line and bounced into the Ohio Stadium endzone untouched for his squads first score.

Following a Redskins punt that was downed inside the Marion Local one yard line the Flyers dominant offensive line went to work with 1:24 left in the first quarter. 19 plays and 99 yards were covered by the Marion Local offense on their third possession of the game over the span of 9:40 ending at the 3:44 mark of the second quarter when QB Duane Leugers barreled in from a yard out to make it a 14-3 ballgame.

Leugers second rushing touchdown of the contest and 24th of the season would come at the 1:52 remaining mark of the same stanza as he rushed through a host of would be tacklers and for a score untouched that put Marion ahead 21-3 heading into the halftime break.

Despite possessing the football to open the third quarter with an 18 point lead the Flyers offense was unable to capitalize on a short third down and were forced to punt back to the Redskins. Starting at their own 31 and with 9:38 in the third the Cuyahoga Heights offense that had been held in check for most of the game up to this point struck for four first downs on their way to a 1 yard touchdown run for their QB and 1st team All-Ohio selection Brett Lowther that cut the Marion Local lead to 21-10.

Before tailback Nate Moeller could reach the football across the first down line on the ensuing Flyer drive he was stripped of the ball on his teams next possession and saw it end up in the hands of Lowther at the 46 to give the Redskins new life.

Aided by a blocked punt that landed at the Marion Local one, Cuyahoga Heights quickly got within four points of the Flyers with 11:41 remaining in the contest when Lucas D’Orazio rumbled in from a yard out into his opponents endzone for a score that made it 21-17 Marion Local.

Despite both teams turning the ball over on two different possessions each the Flyers were able to march to the Cuyahoga Heights 14 but were unable to pick up a crucial fourth down play and were forced to give their opponents the ball at their own 15.

With 85 yards to go and just :53 to do so the Redskins offense who had burned their last timeout on the previous defensive drive were forced to go into hurry up mode. Calm and cool, Lowther connected on three straight passes for a total of 49 yards and across midfield into Flyer territory. It was not meant to be however for Cuyahoga Heights as Lowther was sacked for a loss of 12 and hurried into back to back incomplete passes as time ran out on their season behind on the scoreboard.

Marion Local finishes the season 14-1 and with their 9th state title in 11 championship game appearances. Cuyahoga Heights in their first title game appearance sees their season end at 14-1 and as runners up in Division 6.

Midwest Athletic Conference teams are now 31-11 all-time in state championship contests and will get two more opportunities to bring home gold trophies as Minster and Coldwater will compete on Saturday in Division 7 and Division 5 play.

Stats link: D6 State Championship Box Score

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West sweeps girls D8 games

ELIDA – The 40th annual District 8 All-Star games took place Monday night at Elida with the West squad winning both contests. In the Division 1-2-3 outing the West outscored their Eastern counterparts 72-69 while the Division 4 game saw the West roll to a 64-30 victory.

Tied at 69-69 with seconds left to play in the game Ottawa Glandorf’s Dani Ellerbrock, who will play her college basketball at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University connected on a free throw to give the West a one point advantage before picking the pocket of Bath’s Brittany Ulmer and connecting on a layup for the games final score.

Future Bowling Green Falcon Rion Thompson (Lima Senior) led the east in scoring as she tallied 17 points in the game while teammate Heather Heiby of Celina joined her in double figures with 15, hitting on five three pointers in the loss.

Nicolette Devincentis (Liberty Benton) was the games leading scorer with 18 points in her final contest before traveling to Indiana for her collegiate ball at St. Josephs. Maddi Stiles (Wapak/Heidelberg) tallied four three pointers and finished with 15 points while Ellerbrock chipped in with 10.

Scoring:
D 1-2-3 West (72):
Sara Smarkel (Findlay) 9
Marissa Wintrow (Findlay) 2
Kendra Siefring (Fort Recovery) 7
Nicolette Devincentis (Liberty Benton) 18
Dani Ellerbrock (OG) 10
Erika Angstman (St. Marys) 6
Riley Culver (Wapak) 5
Maddi Stiles (Wapak) 15

Playing but not scoring: Lindi Cisco (St. Marys)
Unable to attend: Lynea Diller (Columbus Grove)

D 1-2-3 East (69):
Brittany Ulmer (Bath) 5
Haley McGillvary (Celina) 5
Kelly Stahl (Celina) 4
Heather Heiby (Celina) 15
Denise Schwieterman (Coldwater) 4
Brooklyn Miller (Defiance) 4
Bailey Kuhn (Elida) 6
Essence Cowan (Lima Senior) 9
Rion Thompson (Lima Senior) 17

The Division 4 game featured the West squad led early by the hot shooting of Alyse Clune (New Bremen) and three pointers from five different players. With the East unable to score early on they found themselves behind at the halftime break 26-17. Marion Local’s Emily Mescher gave her West squad plenty of opportunities for extra chances in the half as she pulled down rebound after rebound.

LeAnn Huelsman of Minster and Clune combined to hit four threes in the second half and lead a defensive effort that held their counterparts to just 13 points in the second half en route to the 64-30 victory.

Huelsman and Clune led the way in the contest with 12 points apiece while Natalie Snider of Lima Central Catholic tossed in 8 points to lead her East squad.

Scoring:

D4 West:

Emily Bauer (Crestview) 3
Lexie Hayes (Delphos St. Johns) 3
Kylie Jettinghoff (Ft. Jennings) 7
Emily Mescher (Marion Local) 5
LeAnn Huelsman (Minster) 12
Hannah Schmitmeyer (Minster) 6
Alyse Clune (New Bremen) 12
Debbie Paul (New Bremen) 8
Rachel Leffel (New Knoxville) 5
Nicole Kramer (Ottoville) 3

D4 East (30):

Sydney Faine (Ada) 5
Rachel Wildman (Ada) 2
Brittany Kahle (Kalida) 5
Kylie Osterhage (Kalida) 4
Allison Recker (Kalida) 2
Natalie Snider (LCC) 8
Cassie Niese (Miller City) 4

Playing but not scoring: Micheala Curtis (Hardin Northern), Sara McFadden (Ridgemont), Chloe Kromer (Vanlue)

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Coldwater claims 4th straight crown

COLUMBUS, OH – For the fourth consecutive season the Coldwater Cavaliers ended their season hoisting a State Championship trophy, this time with a 35-18 win over the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders Friday afternoon at Ohio Stadium.

As they had previously done 12 times in their 14 games this season the Cavaliers wasted no time putting the first touchdown on the board as they capped off an 8 play drive with a touchdown run from two yards out by Kraig Schoenherr.

CCC’s response to the first punch from their opponents was a 75 yard drive over 6:40 that crossed into the first part of the second quarter and ended with a 40 yard field goal, the 15th make of the season from Kicker Dan Mills that cut the lead to 7-3.

With the football at their own 20 yardline following a touchback on the kickoff by Mills, the Cavaliers used just four plays to pick up their second touchdown of the morning when Aaron Harlamert’s highlight reel catch in the corner from 16 yards out put his team ahead 13-3. On the drives first play the Cavs got a 67 yard gain on a hook and lateral play that Schoenherr took a pitch and rumbled inside Crusaders territory and stiff armed three would be defenders into the ground on his trek.

For the rest of the first half each team was a little less protective of the football than they had been in the opening moments as they traded turnovers, 3 by CCC and 1 by Coldwater. Of the three turnovers forced by the Cavalier defense two of them were interceptions, the 5th and 6th of the season by Kyle McKibben including one that would end the first half and send the teams into the lockerroom.

One of the longest drives of the season for Coldwater came on their first possession of the second half as the Cavs used 13 plays including two in which they converted on fourth down to go 71 yards and lead 20-3 on a touchdown run, the 19th of the season by Chris “Petey” Post. On the play directly leading to the score the Cavs used a 33 yard pass from Senior QB Jack Hemmelgarn, the MAC/NW District/Division 5 Offensive Player of the Year to Kyle McKibben that put them just a couple of yards from the endzone.

Aaron Harlamert who finished with 7 catches for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns and became only the 5th Coldwater wideout to have 1,000+ yards receiving in a season kept the scoring going for the Cavs on their next possession as he hauled in a 33 yard pass for a score that pushed the advantage to 27-3 with just 2:24 remaining in the games third stanza.

Two plays is all it would take for the Crusaders as they finally were able to penetrate the Coldwater goal in the contest on their next drive when WR John Colangelo caught a Dan Platek screen pass and turned it into a 74 yard score to cut the lead to 27-11 following a successful two point conversion attempt by the Crusaders. Colangelo finished 2nd this season in the 100 meters at the State Track and Field Championship and showed his speed as no defenders were able to come close to him as he sped down the Ohio Stadium turf.

Starting from the CCC 45 the Cavaliers put their final touches on the games final score on their 10th play of the ensuing drive as Schoenherr added his second marker, a three yard rush with 9:36 remaining to make it 33-11. As the Cavaliers lined up to go for two points after the score they dusted off a version of a play they had used successfully in the Semifinals, a screen to McKibben who tossed back to Hemmelgarn for a successful conversion that pushed the lead to 24 at 35-11.

CCC got the last score of the game as they traveled 62 yards in 1:19 and picked up 6 when RB Justin Ditty burst into the endzone from eight yards out to shrink the final margin to 35-18 Coldwater.

In two meetings between the two schools in the D5 Championship the past two seasons in Columbus, the Crusaders were outscored 97-39 including 62-21 in last years record setting game for Coldwater en route to the title.

With the win the Cavaliers finish 15-0 and cap off the 7th undefeated season in school history, their first since 2012.

In helping his squad to their 6th State Championship, Hemmelgarn who was making just his 18th start at QB finished 18/27 passing for 287 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions on the day. On the ground the Cavs were led in rushing by Schoenherr’s 73 yards on 20 carries and 2 touchdowns. Schoenherr finished as the Cavs 2nd leading receiver on the day as well as he hauled in 3 passes for 80 yards.

A big defensive effort on the day was fueled by Safety Neal Muhlenkamp (10 tackles), and Mitch Clune (9 tackles) for a defense that came in as a top defense all-time in a single season in points allowed in school history. The Cavaliers defensive unit finished with just 99 points coming against them on the season.

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Cavs headed back to finals

XENIA, OHIO – For the seventh consecutive year the Coldwater Cavaliers will play their last football game of the season for the ultimate prize, a State Championship as they defeated the Wheelersburg Pirates 36-6 Friday night in the Division 5 semifinals.

Behind Senior QB Jack Hemmelgarn and WR Aaron Harlamert who connected for a trio of touchdowns on the evening, and with a superb team defensive effort the Cavaliers were able to stymie the Pirates offense that had accounted for 521 points in their previous 13 contests and hold them to just six points and 155 total yards.

Hemmelgarn’s first scoring toss in the back corner of the endzone to Harlamert, a 13 yard hookup capped off a 12 play drive to open the contest and give Coldwater a lead they would never relinquish on the evening with 8:24 left in the opening quarter.

After forcing Wheelersburg (13-1) into a three and out on their first offensive possession the Cavaliers themselves were forced to punt the football right back to the Pirates. Following the second consecutive three and out and subsequent punt, Coldwater took over on the Burg 24 yard line and utilized six plays before Harlamert’s leaping catch in the back of the endzone put the designated home squad on top 14-0 late in the opening quarter.

Wheelersburg’s only score of the contest came on their ensuing drive as RB Tanner Bivens finished off a 13 play 80 yard drive with his first rushing touchdown of the season, a 6 yard jaunt to cut the lead in half at 14-6.

Despite twice being called for holding on their next possession the Cavaliers were able to add another Harlamert touchdown reception to their championship effort as he hauled in a 7 yard pass from Hemmelgarn to run the lead to 21-6.

Following a 40 yard punt by the Pirates which gave the Cavs great field position at their own 46 the offense was able to up their lead to 28-6 with 1:18 to go in the stanza on a 40 yard touchdown reception by Senior Kraig Schoenherr, who made one of the best catches of the night on his way to the 28th Coldwater point of the contest.

The games final score also came from Schoenherr as he rushed in from 42 yards out through the Pirates defense that came in giving up just 92 points on the season (7.1 average per game) to push the lead to 34-6. In an effort to trigger the running clock the Cavaliers went for and were successful on the two point conversion as WR Kyle McKibben connected with QB Jack Hemmelgarn on a pass in the endzone.

With the win the Cavaliers (14-0) will head back to Columbus to take on the squad they defeated for the title last season in Canton Central Catholic (10-3) in a 10am Friday morning tilt. Hear the game live from the Horseshoe in Columbus as it happens live on WKKI K94.3fm and online at www.k943.com with myself and Denny Cisco on the call beginning with the pregame at 9:45 am.

On the evening Coldwater accumulated 299 yards on 44 plays and were led in rushing by Schoenherr’s 118 yards rushing. Through the air the Cavaliers were led by Hemmelgarn’s 132 yards passing on 14/21 and 4 touchdown passes. Aaron Harlamert’s three touchdowns were half of his team high six catches for 66 yards on the night for the victorious Cavs.

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Coldwater dispatches Brookville

PIQUA, OH – It might be approximately 40 miles away from their home field but the Coldwater Cavaliers have treated Piqua’s Alexander Stadium as if it was their own in earning themselves a Regional Championship and return trip to the Division 5 State Semifinals with a 31-13 victory.

Brookville’s first two drives totaled 13 plays and over 8 minutes but were ended by a pair of punts as the Cavalier defense rose up on third down and prevented the Blue Devils from scoring, something they have done to the tune of over 40 points per contest this season.

Coldwater’s first score, a 5 yard run by Petey Post capped off a four play 55 yard drive and totaled just 1:24 in the first period. Starting at their own 43 on their second possession moments later the Cavs used 7 plays and 3:02 before Senior QB and Northwest District Player of the Year Jack Hemmelgarn hooked up with wideout Aaron Harlamert for a 32 yard score to push the lead out to 14-0 early in the 2nd.

The only miscue of the first half for Coldwater came on their next possession as Hemmelgarn’s intended pass was pilfered by Brookville’s Michael Lander. Brookville’s only score of the first half would come later with 2:13 remaining in the opening half as they cut the Coldwater lead to 14-7 when Senior QB Justin Heck’s screen pass was turned into a 23 yard touchdown by Austin Delk.

With 3 timeouts and 2:06 remaining in the opening half the Cavaliers were faced with the prospect of needing to go 84 yards to get their two score advantage back. A pair of big pass plays of 37 and 24 yards gave Coldwater an opportunity to get into the endzone, but Coach Otten and crew were forced to settle for a 20 yard fieldgoal Kyle McKibben that pushed the lead to ten for the Cavs at 17-7 at the break.

Having won the toss and chosen to defer to the second half, Coldwater found themselves with the football to open the games penultimate quarter at their own 33 yard line. Over the course of 4:18 and 11 plays the Cavs quickly marched into the Blue Devil endzone and extended their lead to 24-7 on a 3 yard touchdown pass from Hemmelgarn to McKibben.

Before being forced to punt on their first possession of the second half, the Blue Devils had no problem moving the ball from their own 20, but saw their drive stall as they were sacked for a 13 yard loss on third down.

On the ensuing drive following the punt, the Cavaliers embarked on their longest drive of the season, a 15 play endeavor that tallied 79 yards and 7:30 in length. Aaron Harlamert appeared to have gotten into the endzone for a second time in the game on the drives 14th play, but was stopped just inches short. Petey Post’s second touchdown of the game, from a yard out gave Coldwater their last score and pushed their lead to 31-7.

Brookville’s (12-1) last score of the game came from Michael Lander as he would catch a 19 yard pass from Heck to provide the final margin.

With the win the Cavaliers stay undefeated (13-0) and will reportedly play next Friday night in Xenia against Wheelersburg at 7:30pm in a game broadcast live on www.k943.com with myself and Denny Cisco.

Running the ball on the evening the Cavaliers were led by Post who tallied 97 yards on 16 carries to go along with his two scoring totes. As a team Coldwater picked up 184 yards on 38 carries. Hemmelgarn led the passing attack with 202 yards on 15/21 passing to go along with his two scores through the air and one interception. In total the Cavs picked up 387 yards on 59 plays from scrimmage.

Earlier in the night the MAC Champions received word as well that 10 of their players were named to the all Northwest District list: Brandon Forsthoefel (1st Team OL), Aaron Harlamert (1st Team WR), Kraig Shoenherr (1st Team LB), Jack Hemmelgarn (Offensive POY and 1st Team QB), Malave Bettinger (Defensive POY and 1st Team DL) were joined by 2nd teamers in Kyle McKibben (K), Mitch Clune (DL), Neal Muhlenkamp (DB), Brandon Homan (OL), Chris “Petey” Post (RB).

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Cavaliers win 20th straight

PIQUA, OH – Despite giving up a season high 14 points on the night the Coldwater Cavaliers used a big second half to hand Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy their second loss of the season, 44-14 and roll into the Regional Finals next Friday night.

CHCA’s first two drives on offense would last just a trio of plays each before the Cavaliers would force them into punting away the ball. Despite their own drive coming to an end on a fumble recovery by CHCA, the Cavs got on the scoreboard on their second drive with a 16 yard touchdown run by Aaron Harlamert.

Leading 7-0 and with the football following an Eagles turnover on downs, the MAC Champions marched 92 yards in 6:20 and pushed their lead to 14-0 with 5:32 remaining in the opening half on a 21 yard touchdown pass from MAC Offensive Player of the Year Jack Hemmelgarn to Chris “Petey” Post.

With the aid of an illegal procedure penalty on the ensuing kickoff the Eagles cut into the Cavs lead with 2:04 remaining in the half when runningback Kesean Gamble skirted untouched into the endzone from 3 yards out. Johnny Noyen’s extra point missed wide left and Coldwater’s lead stayed at eight points at 14-6.

Despite having just 1:57 and a pair of timeouts, Coldwater was able to drive 78 yards for a touchdown to go up 21-6 moments before the half as Hemmelgarn hooked up with Kyle McKibben for a 3 yard score.

Aaron Harlamert who came in on the night with just 49 yards rushing and a single touchdown opened the scoring for Coldwater in the games penultimate stanza as he rushed in from 11 yards out to push the defending champs lead to 28-6 with 9:24 remaining in the quarter.

As the defense had done in the first half the Cavaliers forced a turnover following a score when Safety Neal Muhlenkamp intercepted a Noyen pass and returned it to his opponents 7. Wasting no time, Coldwater’s offense put up their 34th point of the contest two plays later when Chris Post rushed in for his first of two touchdown runs on the night from a yard out.

Post’s second touchdown run of the night came just shy of three minutes later as he jaunted in from six yards out to cue the running clock with a 41-6 advantage for Coldwater with 4:56 remaining in the third. The Coldwater Senior finished the night with 23 carries for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground to go along with the receiving touchdown in the first half.

CHCA’s next possession took the running clock out of the equation however as the Eagles drove 75 yards in just nine plays and was capped off by a 10 yard touchdown from Gamble. Gamble would also catch the two point conversion for CHCA and cut the Cavs lead down to 41-14 with 9:47 left.

11 plays and over five minutes of game time would pass before Coldwater’s kicker Kyle McKibben connected on a 29 yard field goal to provide the games final margin of 44-14.

Defensively the Cavaliers were able to hold CHCA’s high powered offense that came in averaging 45.5 points per contest and had scored over 500 points on the season to just 14 in the win, a marker only reached against Coldwater by Marion Local in a 17-14 loss for the Flyers earlier this season.

Jack Hemmelgarn finished the game 16/18 passing for 180 yards and a touchdown pass while directing an offense that picked up 393 total yards on their 55 plays from scrimmage (213 rushing, 180 passing).

Coldwater (12-0) with the win now owns 3rd place in all-time OHSAA playoff wins (62) by themselves as they break a tie previously held with Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, and will face Brookville (12-0) who defeated Greeneville 49-7. That game will take place next Friday night, November 20th at 7:30pm and can be heard live on www.k943.com at 7:15pm for pregame with myself and Dennis Cisco on the broadcast.

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