MASSILLON – Brody Hoying sealed a Division V state championship for Coldwater last season with a late interception against Kirtland. Saturday he propelled the Cavaliers to a second consecutive championship from both sides of the ball.
The junior rushed for three touchdowns, including two in the final 5:26 of the game, and intercepted a pass as sixth-ranked Coldwater (13-2) beat No. 4 Columbus Bishop Hartley (13-2) 24-7 at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Hoying rushed 24 times for 145 yards as Coldwater became the third repeat champion out of five state title games played so far this weekend. Cincinnati Moeller (Division I) and Maria Stein Marion Local (Division VII) will have their opportunities to add to that repeat list. It is Coldwater’s fourth overall state title.
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Coldwater turned away four Hartley drives inside the Cavaliers’ 30-yard line, including an interception by Hoying at the Coldwater 3 with 11 minutes remaining and the Hawks threatening Coldwater’s 10-7 lead. Hartley had a first down at the Coldwater 16 but quarterback Jared Brandewie was sacked for an 11-yard loss by linebackers Nick Clune and Mitch Fullenkamp.
Hoying’s interception came on the next play.
“When the pressure is on, when the game is on the line, he’s a guy who’s not afraid,” said Coldwater coach Chip Otten of Hoying. “The sack put them really into pass mode on the second-and-long. He just has the knack of knowing what’s being thrown and he’s got great hands. He could play about any position that there is and be good at it.”
The Cavaliers responded with a 10-play, 64-yard drive that Hoying capped off with a 3-yard run around right end with 5:26 remaining. Hoying carried the ball eight times on the drive for 54 yards.
He added a 32-yard touchdown run after Coldwater held Hartley on downs on the Hawks’ ensuing possession.
Coldwater had beaten Hartley 41-16 in a Week 2 game in Columbus during the regular season, the only other loss of the season for the Hawks.
Alonzo Saxton had 75 yards rushing on eight carries for Hartley. The Hawks’ lone score came on a 7-yard run by Brandewie on Hartley’s opening possession of the second half. Hartley had recovered a fumble at the Coldwater 45-yard line and took advantage of the turnover in just four plays.
Matt Kramer kicked a 30-yard field goal and Hoying added a 9-yard touchdown run with one minute remaining in the second quarter to give Coldwater a 10-0 lead after the teams had played a scoreless first quarter. Hartley outgained Coldwater 154-135 in the first half but the Hawks’ first three possessions all ended in with a turnover on downs inside the Coldwater 25-yard line.
“Every yard is a battle and if you’re down there close to the field every is so physical and so tough to get,” said Hartley coach Brad Burchfield. “It was like that for both sides for a long time but you still wanted to give yourself a chance.”
Coldwater drove 76 yards on seven plays following the third stop to get its touchdown from Hoying.
The state title is the 29th in football for the Midwest Athletic Conference, of which Coldwater and Marion Local are both members. This is the 11th consecutive season at least on MAC school has represented the league in the state finals. This is the 18th consecutive season Coldwater has appeared in the OHSAA playoffs.