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Bellevue State Championship Preview

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FOR THE FIRST TIME: Bellevue is making an appearance in the state title game in football for the first time. The Redmen had reached the final four two other times in 1996 and 2001, but were unable advance to the championship game.

LONG ROAD BACK: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary returns to the state championship game in football for its sixth time. The Irish haven't appeared in a title game since 1988 when they defeated Ironton 14-12 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

BEATING #1: In its road to the championship game Bellevue defeated AP #1 Napoleon 35-20 in its regional semifinal game. The Redmen went on to defeat AP #4 Dayton Thurgood Marshall 34-33 in the state semifinal.

SUCCESS IN THE FINALS: St. Vincent-St. Mary has had success once it has made it to the state championship game in its history. The Irish are 4-1 in title games, their lone state runner-up trophy coming in a 1979 loss to Ironton 7-6.

FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP MEETING: St. Vincent-St. Mary and Bellevue are meeting in the state championship game for the first time. In the 2001 state semifinals, St. Vincent-St. Mary and Bellevue both qualified, but did not meet. Bellevue was in Division III and St. Vincent-St. Mary was in Division IV.