DARKE COUNTY — One member of the Greater Western Ohio Conference and two members of the Midwest Athletic Conference advanced to the state semifinals this past weekend.
GWOC North team Trotwood-Madison, MAC team Coldwater and MAC team Marion Local advanced to next week’s state semifinals with wins in the regional finals this past weekend. All three teams made a trip to the state finals last year, with Trotwood and Marion Local bringing home championships.
Cross County Conference team Covington, MAC team Delphos St. John’s and MAC team St. Henry ended their seasons with losses this past weekend. Covington’s loss marks the end of the football season for the CCC.
Trotwood-Madison, the sixth seed in Region 8, won the regional championship by beating top-seeded Cincinnati Turpin 42-14 Friday night at Kings High School. Trotwood-Madison improved to 11-2 with the win while Turpin suffered its first loss of the season.
Trotwood advances to play Friday against Region 7 champion New Albany, who also is 11-2 on the season and coming off a 32-30 win against Columbus Marion-Franklin in the regional final.
The winner of the game between Trotwood-Madison and New Albany will advance to next week’s Division II state championship game against the winner of Toledo Central Catholic and Aurora.
Trotwood is looking to defend its state championship from last year.
For the second consecutive year, Coldwater ended Covington’s perfect season and knocked the Buccaneers out of the playoffs.
Region 20’s top seed, Coldwater, beat third seeded Covington 20-0 Saturday night at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium. It was the first time this season Covington was held to fewer than 27 points and only the second time the Buccaneers were held to 40 or fewer points as they ended their season with a 12-1 record.
Coldwater improved to 13-0 and advanced to the state semifinals for the fourth consecutive year, giving the Cavaliers a chance to advance to the state championship game for the fourth consecutive year. Coldwater is looking for its first state title since 2007 when it won the Division IV championship.
To get to the championship game, Coldwater would have to win Saturday against Findlay Liberty-Benton, who is coming off 22-21 win against Hamler Patrick Henry in the Region 18 championship. The winner of Coldwater and Liberty-Benton will play the winner of the other state semifinal between 11-2 Baltimore Liberty Union and 13-0 Kirtland, who beat Coldwater last year for the state title.
St. John’s, the sixth seed in its region, had a 21-7 lead on McComb but couldn’t hang on as it fell 28-21Friday night at Findlay High School in the Region 22 championship game. St. John’s ends the season with an 8-5 record while the region’s top seeded McComb improved to 13-0.
Marion Local beat fellow MAC team St. Henry 28-21 to win the Region 24 championship and advance to the state semifinals.
After fourth seeded St. Henry scored the first points of the game, third seeded Marion Local built a 28-7 lead before St. Henry mounted a comeback and almost tied the game late in the fourth quarter. Marion Local, who beat Bradford in the regional quarterfinals, improved to 11-2 while St. Henry ends the season with a 9-4 record.
Marion Local advances to play McComb in the state semifinals Friday. The winner of the game between Marion Local and McComb will play the winner of the state semifinal game between Newark Catholic and Mogadore.
Marion Local is trying to defend its Division VI state championship from last year.