MASSILLON (AP) – Fourth-ranked Toledo Central Catholic defeated ninth-ranked and defending state champion Trotwood-Madison 16-12 in the 2012 OHSAA Division II state football championship game Friday evening at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
The Irish (14-1) collected 245 yards of total offense and controlled the tempo of the game, led by senior running back Amir Edwards, who carried the ball 38 times for 185 yards and accounted for Central Catholic’s two touchdowns.
Central Catholic now has two state football titles in two trips to the championship game. The Irish previously won the title in 2005. The title is the fourth for the city of Toledo, with St. Francis deSales winning the other two titles in 1984 and 2001.
Trotwood (12-3) couldn’t find a rhythm offensively until the fourth quarter, when senior quarterback Austin Howell took over the offensive signal caller duties. Howell was instrumental in the Rams’ two scoring drives and helped get them within four points of Central Catholic on a touchdown pass to junior receiver Demarcus Wilson with 2:38 remaining in the game.
Trotwood junior running back Isreal Green, who ran for 327 yards and six touchdowns in the 2011 championship game was held to 56 yards rushing on 14 carries in the 2012 final.
Playing in their third straight championship game, and after winning the title in 2011, the Rams finish as runner-up for the second time in three years and third time overall.
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