Touchdown 7

Springfield High School loses in state final to St. Edward for 2nd straight year

CANTON — The Springfield Wildcats lost to St. Edward in the Division I state championship for the second straight year, 28-14, Friday night at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton.

The Eagles beat Springfield last year, 23-13.

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The Wildcats stopped the Eagles on fourth down to start the game and took over at St. Edward’s 39-yard line. They drove to the one where running Jayvin Norman scored the game’s first down to give Springfield a 7-0 lead.

But the Eagles responded as quarterback Casey Bullock hit Kyan Mason for a touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 after one quarter.

In the second quarter, Bullock ran into the end zone for a touchdown and they took a 14-7 lead. The Wildcats were forced to punt and the Eagles scored again on a Marvin Bell touchdown run to take a 21-7 halftime lead.

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Bryce Schondelmyer hit Anthony Brown on the second play of the third quarter but St. Edward forced a fumble and recovered. The Wildcats stopped the Eagles on fourth down and they drove downfield to St. Edward 17-yard line. Davian Bradley caught a touchdown pass to cut it to 21-14, after three quarters.

Bell scored his second touchdown of the fourth quarter to increase it to 28-14. Springfield was stopped on fourth down with 4:11 to play and St. Edward took over on downs and ran out the clock.

The Eagles sacked Schondelmyer nine times for the game. Bell rushed for 170 yards and two scores. It’s the second straight St. Edward has won the Division I state championship.

The Wildcats end the season with a 13-2 record.

Two more local area schools will be action for in the high school football state championship games Saturday morning.

Marion Local will play Kirtland at 10:30 a.m. for Division VI state championship in Canton.

New Bremen battles John F. Kennedy High School at 3 p.m. for the Division VII state title game.