ZANESVILLE, Ohio — It was a historic night for the Muskingum Valley League. Two teams entered the night with an opportunity to punch a ticket to the state championship game in their respective divisions.
In Division-III, Tri-Valley faced a familiar foe in Akron St. Vincent-St Mary– the Scotties fell to the Fighting Irish in week 1 of the regular season. Coach Justin Buttermore and his players got their revenge though on Friday night, beating the Irish 24-6 in the state semifinal match-up held at Massillon Perry High School.
Andrew Newsome surpassed 100 yards both on the ground and through the air, including two touchdowns to lead the way for the Scotties. Chase Dinan and Spencer Littick each had touchdown receptions for Tri-Valley.
The Scotties will take on Trotwood-Madison (14-0) in the D-III State Championship on Saturday, December 2nd. Kickoff from Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton will be at 8 p.m.
And in Division-IV, the John Glenn Little Muskies saw their season come to an end on Friday, falling to Clarksville Clinton-Massie 28-21 at Hilliard Darby High School.
The Little Muskies were making their first appearance in the state final four since 1980. Lead by third year head coach Matt Edwards, John Glenn boasted both one of the best offenses and defenses in the state. Senior quarterback Justin Heacock threw for over 300 yards, combined with over 100 yards for running back Shane Bonner, and 100-plus yards for wide receiver Joseph Clifford. The Muskies out-gained the Falcons 415 yards to 189, but ultimately came up just short.
John Glenn lead 14-7 at halftime, and 21-14 heading into the 4th quarter, but Clinton-Massie scored 14 unanswered points, including a game-winning pick-6, to see them advance to the State Championship game next Saturday.
Congratulations to John Glenn on an incredible season.