MASSILLON — Quarterback Brody Hoying rushed for 145 yards and scored three touchdowns Saturday to lead Coldwater to the Division V state championship with a 24-7 victory over Columbus Bishop Hartley in Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Hoying, a 5-10, 180-pound junior, scored two of his touchdowns during a span of 2:40 in the fourth quarter on runs of three and 32 yards as the Cavaliers broke open what had been an intense defensive game.
He also set up his second touchdown, which gave Coldwater a 17-7 lead with 5:26 to play, when he intercepted a pass on his 3-yard line and returned it 33 yards.
Hoying’s return ignited a 10-play, 64-yard scoring drive in which he carried the ball eight times - including six in a row - for 59 yards. He capped the drive by running around right end and diving into the end zone from three yards. He completed the scoring when he went 32 yards after Hartley (13-2) turned the ball over on downs near midfield.
Coldwater, from the historically strong Midwest Athletic Conference, became the third school this weekend to successfully defend a state title. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary and Clarksville Clinton-Massie won titles on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
Ranked sixth in the final Associated Press poll, the Cavs also won the school’s fourth state title since 2005 and they finish 2013 with a 13-2 record.
Hoying, a cousin of former Ohio State standouts Bobby Hoying and Ross and Adam Homan, was named as the Division V offensive player of the year by the Associated Press earlier this week.
Coldwater’s defense played a key role in the victory as it turned back Hartley scoring threats four times inside the 30-yard line, once on Hoying’s interception and three times on downs.
Both squads chose to keep the ball on the ground for the most part. Hoying attempted just 13 passes and Hartley’s Jared Brandewie attempted 12.
Hoying and Mitch Schoenherr combined to run for 205 yards, while Brandewie and teammates Alonzo Saxton and Sam Mackowiak accounted for most of the Hawks’ 206 yards. Brandewie scored Hartley’s only touchdown on a 7-yard run in the third quarter.