Peyton Otte helps Marion’s local football win record 12th state title


TOWNSHIP – Marion Local arrived in Canton with the goal of setting a new standard for the Ohio State Football Playoff Championships. The Flyers wasted no time doing it on Saturday morning.

With a 21-point first quarter, Marion Local defeated Newark Catholic 42-7 to win the Division VII State Championship at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. It’s the Flyers’ 12th state playoff title, which is the greatest of any school in any division.

Marion Local had previously shared the brand with Saint-Ignace, which has 11 titles. No other school in Ohio has more than nine, which is the number of titles Newark Catholic was trying to achieve on Saturday.

The Flyers have won state championships in eight of the past 11 years. All 12 of their titles have come since 2000.

The Marion Local Flyers celebrate their 12th OHSAA State Football Championship after defeating Newark Catholic on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

The victory makes Marion Local the second school in Ohio to post a 16-0 record. Thistle was the first to do so on Friday when he won the Division III state title.

Newark Catholic finished 14-2. The Green Wave was making its 15th state title appearance, tied with Marion Local for most of all time, but the first since 2012.

Here’s a look at some of the key things to know about the game:

Marion Local quarterback Peyton Otte celebrates the Flyers' 12th OHSAA State Football with fans after defeating Newark Catholic on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

Player of the match: Peyton Otte, QB, Marion Local

The former All-Ohio wide receiver continued to show he can throw touchdown passes as well as he can catch them. Otte made two scoring shots against Brady Ronnebaum in the first quarter, helping the Flyers open a 21-0 lead after the first 12 minutes. Otte added a 1-yard TD just before the end of the first half to take Marion Local’s lead to 28-7 at the break. He delivered a long TD run and a long TD pass to open the game in the third. Otte also showed off his defensive prowess by reversing a fourth pass in the second quarter that could have resulted in a touchdown. Otte finished with 317 total yards of attack and scored five touchdowns. He had 13 of 18 passes for 252 yards.

The game of the game: Tate Hess intercept

There was a moment in the first quarter when Newark Catholic could have made it into a game. A brief moment when, despite being 14-0 behind at the time, the Green Wave could have stolen some of the momentum from Marion Local. Then Tate Hess intervened in front of a Cole Canter pass for an interception which he returned 17 yards near the midfield and it was all washed away. Hess’ pick gave the Flyers the fastest scoring of the day, passing 51 yards from Otte to Ronnebaum for a 21-0 lead. From there, even though Newark Catholic landed a touchdown midway through the second quarter, the countdown was on for the No. 12 title for Marion Local.

Three statistics for a title

148 meters: Marion Local’s offense wasn’t the only star of the day. The Flyer’s defense also made a number over Newark Catholic, limiting him to just 148 total net yards on 45 total plays. That comes down to an average of 3.3 yards per play. On the ground, the Green Wave only had 45 net yards, or an average of 2.4 per carry.

124 meters: The output produced on six captures by Brady Ronnebaum of Marion Local. Much of it, in fact, came in the first quarter, with three catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns to help build a 21-0 lead. Ronnebaum had five catches for 119 yards at halftime. He came in on Saturday with just one TD caught this season.

65 meters: Did you think Otte was just a smuggler? Not with his 65-yard run and two scores in 13 carries. Much of that came on a 54-yard rush in the third quarter that opened up a 35-7 lead.

They said that

Marion Robby Buschur’s local defensive end on the Flyers defense: “Our defense all year has been very good at keeping our heads up. We don’t give up a lot of points, but when we do, we’re really good at holding our heads up and not putting ourselves down too much. is really essential for Tate (Hess) to provide that choice. “

Marion Local linebacker Dylan Fleck on sticking to Newark Catholic: “We knew we really couldn’t give up. (Marion Tim’s local coach) Goodwin and all the other coaches preached all week about how they had a lot of close games and they came back. just keep your foot on the pedal the entire game and it worked. “

Newark’s Catholic coach Ryan Aiello on the game: “Obviously it’s not the performance we wanted, but that’s all credit for what Marion Local does. I think as cliché as it may be, football is a very simple game. You have to bring it in. physical. You have to perform, with 11 guys doing their job. I think Marion Local, being the norm in Division VII, they do it better than anyone. “

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