(11-24-19) Next up for Marion Local in the OHSAA D VII state semifinal game is #3 seed Patrick Henry (10-3), a 27-13 winner over #1 seed Leipsic in the last night’s Region 26 championship game.

The Flyers advanced last night to the next game by knocking off Midwest Athletic Conference rival New Bremen 27-0, a #8 seed, in the Region 28 title game.

This will not be the be first time these two have played each other in a State Semifinal game, back in 2016 (in a D VI game) the Flyers beat the Patriots 35-7. Marion Local would go on to win the state title that year beating Cuyahoga Heights 21-17. You can be sure Coach Bill Inselmann will want to talk about that 2016 game and wanting to turn around the results in 2019.

Patrick Henry Coach Bill Inselmann told the Toledo Blade after the win last night

“What’s the favorite part of a book when you read it?. The ending.”

2016 State Semifinal Game Marion Local 35 Patrick Henry 7

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Leading Patrick Henry to the Region 26 title win last night over Leipsic was Patriots QB TJ Rhamy who had 21 carries for 103 yards and was 8-of-10 passing for 148 yards.

Patrick Henry Coach Bill Inselmann told the Toledo Blade after the win about Rhamy

“When he’s healthy, we have a double-headed monster in the backfield.”

Marion Local rushed for 130 yards on 32 carries, with Brandon Fleck leading the way with 74 yards on 14 attempts in the win over New Bremen.

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The Flyers’ defense held the Cardinals to just a 152 yards total offense, 76 yards rushing on 41 carries and completing 8-of-15 passes for 76 yards.

Flyers Head Coach Tim Goodwin told pressprosmagazine.com after the game about his team’s win

“It seems at times nothing comes easy to this team. We don’t have a lot of explosive-type kids. We don’t have a lot of big plays. We have lunch pail guys who keep playing.”

Saturday’s D VII State Semifinal game between Patrick Henry and Marion Local will be played at Lima’s Spartan Stadium on Saturday night (November 30) at 7pm. The winner will advance to Canton to play in the D VII Championship game.

About the teams

Marion Local

  • shared MAC title with Anna (who they beat and is in a D VI state semifinal game this week)
  • a chance to add to their all-division state record for playoff victories – currently at 79
  • moves on to the state semifinals for the 12th time in the past 13 seasons
  • a chance to reach their eighth straight state championship game, winning six of them

Patrick Henry

  • finished behind Liberty Center, Archbold and Wauseon in NWOAL standings
  • all three losses came to teams who made the playoffs in D VI
  • in the state semifinals for the seventh time

How they reached the State Semifinal –

Patrick Henry (10-3)

8/30 @ Lake (W) 30 – 0
9/6 Wayne Trace (W) 48 – 20
9/13 Columbus Grove (W) 33 – 21
9/20 @ Archbold (L) 36 – 35
9/27 Swanton (W) 46 – 28
10/4 @ Evergreen (W) 27 – 14
10/11 Bryan (W) 35 – 20
10/18 @ Wauseon (L) 28 – 27 (OT)
10/25 @ Liberty Center (L) 35 – 13
11/1 Delta (W) 34 – 14

11/9 Arlington (W) 26 – 14
11/16 Norwalk St. Paul (W) 42 – 14
11/23 Leipsic (W) 27 – 13

Marion Local (11-2)

8/30 Woodlan (IN) (W) 49-0
9/6 @ Bishop Watterson (L) 7-31
9/13 @ Parkway (W) 49-0
9/20 Delphos St John’s (W) 24-0
9/27 @ Anna (W) 17-14
10/4 St Henry (W) 35-14
10/11 @ Versailles (W) 38-7
10/18 Minster (L) 26-27
10/25 @ Fort Recovery (W) 36-7
11/1 Coldwater (W) 24-0

11/9 Mississinawa Valley (W) 56-6
11/16 Fort Loramie (W) 24-21 (OT)
11/23 New Bremen (W) 27-0

Other State Semifinal Game

Division VIIGames at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30
AP No. 4 Harvest Preparatory (12-1) vs. AP No. 7 Lucas (11-2) at Columbus St. Francis DeSales Alumni Stadium