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Marion Local football does it again, wins third straight state football title

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This starting to become business as usual, Marion Local winning state titles, doing it in dominant fashion.

I am sure the people of Maria Stein and the surrounding communities don't mind

It's a small community that hard works hard, keeps their noses to the grindstone, and gets done what needs to be done. The idea of big time attention from the big city people is something they aren't real thrilled about

They may have to get used to it, because their football team is making people pay attention

In what can only be called a dominant performance, Marion Local won their third straight state football championship last night with a 33-0 win over previously undefeated Glouster Trimble last night at Paul Brown Stadium in Massillon. The Flyers became just the seventh school in Ohio history to win three state titles in a row. In a tribute to the type of competition they play, two of the other schools on the list come from Marion Local's own conference, the Midwest Athletic Conference.

Flyers get right to work.... Taking the opening kickoff, The Flyers served notice that they were going to be tough to beat on this night. Behind the running of Jacy Goettemoeller and the passing of Adam Bertke, they drove 65 yards in nine plays with the capper being a 19 yard touchdown pass from Bertke to Goettemoeller on a throwback screen giving the Flyers a quick 7-0 lead.

Trimble fights back.... After taking over own their own 45 yard line after running a trick play on the kickoff, Trimble put together their best drive of the game. Driving 50 yards in 11 plays, Trimble faced a 3rd down from the Marion Local 5 yard line. Division VII Offensive Player of the year Konnor Standley was then intercepted at the Flyers five yard line, snuffing out Trimble's only scoring chance.

After driving 50 yards on their opening drive, Trimble gained only 52 yards the rest of the game

Marion Local extended their lead with a backbreaking drive going into halftime. Taking over at their own 29 yard line with just 43 seconds remaining, the Flyers executed to perfection. Two completions to Hunter Wilker, and one a piece to Troy Homan and Ryan Bruns got the ball down to the Trimble two yard line. Goettemoeller took it in from there with just two seconds remaining, giving the Flyers a 13-0 lead going into the break.

The Flyers put the game away in the third quarter

Coming out of halftime, Marion Local put the game away, with the help of Trimble turnovers. On the second play of the half, Peyton Kramer picked off Standley and returned it to the Trimble 11 yard line. Goettemoeller then ran 11 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage making the score 19-0. The Flyer defense struck again on Trimble's next drive, as they intercepted Standley again to take over at the Trimble 24 yard line. after two completions to Homan, Bertke ran it in from 3 yards out extending the Flyer lead to 26-0. After forcing a three and out defensively, the Flyers took over at their own 41 yard line. Marion Local used a pass from Homan to Austin Albers to reached the Trimble one yard line. Goettemoeller then scored his third touchdown from a yard out giving the Flyers a 33-0 lead.

"Once we get into a groove we have the mentality that no one can stop us," Bertke said. "Once we settle down and everyone knows what they're doing, it's good."

The fourth quarter was turned into two things: A chance for the reserves to get valuable experience, and a coronation of a state title

We match up really well when teams want to spread us out and throw the ball. It's kind of our strength. It was bad news for them."....Marion Local coach Tim Goodwin

The story of the game was the performance of the Marion Local defense:

"They were blitzing on us, but their team speed, you can't simulate that in practice, especially when you're in the gym. They have a lot more than two guys that you have to pinpoint to block. There were 11 of them out there".... Trimble coach Phil Faires

With Coldwater winning the Division V crown on Friday, it gave the MAC two state champions. It was the 11th time in the last 13 years that a team from that conference has won a state football championship. Is there any doubt it is the best conference in Ohio?

Know what else isn't in doubt? Marion Local is THE premier sports program in the state of Ohio.

Congratulations to the Flyers, could a "four-peat" be possible?

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