OHSAA Football State Championship Pairings
Home Teams Listed First
Division I – Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, 7 p.m., Canton Fawcett Stadium
Toledo Whitmer (14-0) vs. Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (11-3)
Division II – Friday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m., Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
Toledo Central Catholic (13-1) vs. Trotwood-Madison (12-2)
Division III – Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m., Canton Fawcett Stadium
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (12-2) vs. Bellevue (13-1)
Division IV – Friday, Nov. 30, 3 p.m., Canton Fawcett Stadium
St. Clairsville (14-0) vs. Clarksville Clinton-Massie (14-0)
Division V - Saturday, Dec. 1, 3 p.m., Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
Kirtland (14-0) vs. Coldwater (14-0)
Division VI - Friday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m., Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
Newark Catholic (12-2) vs. Maria Stein Marion Local (12-2)
Championships Game Notes
WHITMER VS. MOELLER: The 2012 state championship game will be the eighth meeting between the two schools. Moeller holds a 7-0 advantage over Whitmer in the head-to-head matchup. The two schools have not played since 1993. The latest the two schools have met in the playoffs prior to 2012 was in the 1979 state football semifinal.
REPRESENTING TOLEDO: Whitmer is looking to bring home the city of Toledo’s first Division I football state championship since 1984. Toledo St. Francis DeSales defeated North Canton Hoover 17-14 to win the title that year.
WELCOME BACK CINCINNATI: Since 2000 the city of Cincinnati has sent a team to the Division I state championship game eight times. Moeller becomes the fourth team in that span to go the finals, the others include Cincinnati Colerain, Cincinnati Elder and Cincinnati St. Xavier.
12TH FINAL IN 2012: Moeller is playing in its 12th state championship game and first since 1997. The Crusaders are tied for second for most championship game appearances. Newark Catholic leads all schools with 14, followed by Moeller, Cleveland St. Ignatius (12), Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (11) and Versailles (9).
LOOKING TO GO UNDEFEATED: Whitmer, 14-0, is one of only five remaining unbeaten teams in the state and is looking to go undefeated for the first time in school history. The 14 wins is also the most in school history for one season, topping the 13 wins from the state semifinal team from a year ago.
LOOKING FOR BACK-TO-BACK TITLES: Trotwood-Madison returns to Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium for the third year in a row and is looking to repeat as state champion in Division II. The Rams defeated Avon 42-28 to win their first state championship in 2011 after finishing as runner-up in 2010.
REPRESENTING TOLEDO PART TWO: Toledo Central Catholic is one of two schools representing Toledo in the 2012 football finals. Whitmer is the other (see Div. I note). The Irish have brought back the most recent title, and one of only three, to the city winning the Division II title in 2005, defeating Canfield 31-29.
TROTWOOD-MADISON’S GREEN: Trotwood-Madison’s Isreal Green ran the ball 35 times for 327 yards and six touchdowns in the 2011 state championship game as a junior. Green set all divisions records for most points (36), most touchdowns and most rushing touchdowns (6), along with the Division II record for rushing yards in a state championship game.
FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP MEETING: Central Catholic and Trotwood-Madison are meeting in the state championship game for the first time.