No. 6 McComb (14-1) defeated Glouster Trimble (13-2) 28-3 in the 2018 OHSAA Division VII football state championship Saturday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.
An effective running game and stout defense were the keys to McComb's 25-point victory. Of the Panther's 238 total yards on offense, 216 came on the ground, while the defense held Trimble to 151 total yards and compiled 11 tackles for loss for -44 yards, three interceptions and seven pass breakups. The teams' combined yardage is the lowest in the seven-year history of the Division VII championship game.
"These guys got it done," McComb coach Kris Alge said in the postgame press conference."The defense played extremely well, and in the end, we kept them out of the end zone. That's what we preach all the time. Defense wins championships, and I'm so proud of this football team."
Listed as a wide receiver, senior Tanner Schroeder was a weapon in all facets of the offense, just as he had been all season. Schroeder led the Panthers in rushing with 107 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, completed two passes for 10 yards, had one reception for 12 yards and was successful on all four extra point attempts.
Schroeder finished his senior campaign with 1,875 yards and 24 touchdowns rushing, 997 yards and 11 touchdowns passing, 398 yards and six touchdowns receiving, 77-of-81 on PATs and 10-of-13 on field goals. Additionally, he was named the Division VII first-team All-Ohio punter with a 43.5-yard average. Schroeder's 302 points this season is the eighth-most in OHSAA history.
Supplementing Schroeder's two touchdowns were junior running back Jacob Dillon's 1-yard touchdown run and senior running back Kheaghan Loe's 4-yard touchdown run.
Senior Brice Markel, a first-team All-Ohio linebacker, led the Panthers with three tackles for loss for -16 yards, one sack and seven total tackles. Senior defensive back Tyler Durfey had two interceptions in the game.
Trimble senior Same Ives was the game's leading tackler with 13, including two and half for loss.
This is McComb's first football state championship since 1983 and second overall.
Trimble has one previous trip to the state title game in 2013 where the Tomcats also finished as state runner-up.
Attendance for the game was 4,414.