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Wyoming football advances to state title game with 32-20 comeback win over Steubenville

Wyoming scored two touchdowns in the last two minutes to advance to win the state semifinal matchup
Photo by Jeff Harwell

Photo by Jeff Harwell

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Wyoming trailed Steubenville late in the fourth quarter of their Division IV state semifinal game Saturday night and the Big Red were looking to add another score.

But a fumble recovery by Tony Blair, who also had an interception in the regional final win over Taft, gave the Cowboys new life.

Wyoming took advantage of the opportunity, as Wyoming drove 84 yards in eight plays and running back C.J. Hester scored the go-ahead touchdown from four yards out with just under two minutes left.

And then in the final minute, junior linebacker D.J. Gray's intercepted a pass and took it 52 yards for a touchdown to seal a 32-20 victory and send the Cowboys to the state championship game.

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Hester, a finalist for Ohio’s Mr. Football award, finished the game with 94 yards rushing and two scores and caught two passes for 50 yards and a touchdown despite missing time during the game due to a leg injury. He also was in on defense for the last possession of the game and intercepted a pass on Steubenville’s final offensive play.

Wyoming led the game 19-7 in the third quarter after Hester scored on a 16-yard pass from quarterback Quaid Hauer, who had a season-high 274 yards passing in the game.

But Steubenville became the first team this year to score thee tocuhdowns in a game on the Cowboys, as Spenser Ostovich score from one yard out in the third quarter and then Savier Faulks scored on a 70-yard run with just over eight minutes left in the game to give the Big Red a 20-19 lead.

Faulks had 182 yards on 18 carries for the Big Red, while Gavin Bozica added 84 yards on the ground and Spenser Ostovich scored two rushing touchdowns.

Wyoming’s Will Svendsen led all receiver sin the game with 122 yards on five catches.

Wyoming (15-0) will face Glenville (14-0) in a battle of undefeated teams for the Division IV state title. That game will be played in Canton at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

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