Marion Local hasn’t been the same since Adam Bertke and Jacy Goettemoeller recovered from midseason injuries and returned to the lineup.
Good thing, because they’re key reasons the Flyers (14-0) are gearing up for their third straight high school football state championship on Saturday.
Bertke, a 6-6 senior, broke his right throwing hand. Goettemoeller has been hampered with leg injuries after snapping an ACL late last season.
“We were down to our emergency fourth-string quarterback,” head coach Tim Goodwin recalled earlier this week in a statewide conference call. “We had to overcome some adversity there. Jacy and Adam … they came back and we’re rolling again.”
Bertke has been the starting QB for two straight state title teams. He is a rare NCAA Division I recruit from the MAC and is verbally committed to play football at Pittsburgh.
Marion will play Glouster Trimble (14-0) in the Division VII state title game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
At 11 a.m. on Saturday at Massillon it’s defending state champ Coldwater (12-2) vs. Columbus Bishop Hartley (13-1) in the D-V title game. Trotwood-Madison (11-2) kicks off the three-day championship weekend by playing defending state champ Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary for the D-III title at 7 p.m. Thursday also at Massillon.
- The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced on Tuesday that the deadline to submit a petition regarding the separation of public and private schools from postseason competition had passed without anything submitted.
The OHSAA had expected a proposal to separate tournaments based on previous feedback this school year. Had a proposal been submitted with the required signatures, a vote on the issue would have been held in May 2014.
The OHSAA said the Competitive Balance Committee will continue to meet and assess the public vs. private issue. A proposal to realign how teams are classified has been voted down three times in the last three years.
“There is no definite time frame for another competitive balance proposal or other details available at this time,” the OHSAA said in a statement.
- Trotwood and Youngstown Cardinal Mooney were the only teams not to be ranked among the top 10 in their respective divisions of the final Associated Press state polls. Mooney was 6-4 in the regular season but will play Clinton-Massie (13-1) for the D-IV state title on Friday at Massillon.
- Coldwater has played in 17 straight playoffs and is making its fifth consecutive state title appearance. That means the Cavs will have played the equivalent of two extra 10-game regular seasons in the last five years.
- Marion Local and Coldwater stretched the Midwest Athletic Conference’s streak to 11 years of having a conference team play for a state title. MAC teams own 28 football titles.