(11-19-18) The OHSAA D IV Final Four Football teams finds two AP top-ranked teams and two unranked teams in the mix.

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Division IV – Games at 7 pm Saturday, Nov. 24

  • #5 St. Marys  (12-1) vs. #1 (Cincinnati) Wyoming (13-0) at Piqua Alexander Stadium
  • Girard (12-1) vs. (Newark) Licking Valley (10-3) at Dover Crater Stadium

The state semifinal match-ups are based on proximity of teams and not based on rankings and records. That is why #1 Wyoming will play #5 St. Marys and the two unranked teams, Licking Valley and Girard will play in the other match-up.

Regional Championship Wins

Wyoming (13-0) won its first regional championship, since 2009, with a 28-0 win over #7 seed London.

QB Evan Prater (17 carries for 170 yards) ran for two touchdowns (26 and 70 yards) and threw for two TDs.

After the game Wyoming Head Coach Aaron Hancock told cincinnati.com:

“We remember being here for the previous two years and coming up short. These guys that are seniors experienced that for the last two and our goal was to win a regional title. And we feel like if we can win the regional title in this region we’ve got a very good chance of winning the state title. That was our focus, do everything we can do; work hard, battle, push ourselves in the offseason and prepare ourselves to win a regional title.”

The Cowboys’ defense limited London to just 129 total yards total offense.

With the win Wyoming will be making its fifth trip to the State Final Four. It will be the second time the two have met in the playoffs, the last time was in the first round of the playoffs in 2003. Wyoming won that game 18-16.

St. Marys (12-1) picked up a 38-7 win over Clear Fork (12-1) to advance to the Final Four.

The Roughriders held Clear Fork to just 193 total yards, after the win over the Colts St. Marys Head Coach Doug Frye told the Evening Leader:

“It was a great defensive game by our kids; that is an explosive offense and our kids continued to play hard and do the little things well. It is really gratifying to see.”

On the offensive side of the football St. Marys’ had 452 yards (416 rushing, 36 passing).

The Roughriders had three runners with over 100 yards rushing and all three had at least one TD.  Ty Schlosser had  138 yards rushing on 14 carries and a TD, Sean Perry rushed for 137 yards on 16 carries and had one rushing TD and one passing score, Ty Howell added 100 yards on 10 carries, including a TD run of 72 yards.

With the win the Roughriders won their first regional championship since advancing to a state final in 2004.

Playoff run

Wyoming

  • 11/3 Northwestern (W) 48 – 7
  • 11/10 Indian Hill (W) 20 – 17
  • 11/17 London (W) 28 – 0

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St. Marys

  • 11/3 Orange (W) 48 – 13
  • 11/10 Van Wert (W) 55 – 20
  • 11/17 Clear Fork (W) 38 – 7

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