The Ohio High School Athletic Association will be holding the 2022 football state championships this week at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.
We are going to preview each state championship game this week. We started with Division II and now we move on to Division V.
Division V state championship game
Date/Time: Friday, December 2 at 10:30 a.m.
Ironton (15-0) vs. South Range (15-0)
This will be the first of three state championship games with both teams entering without a loss on the season.
Ironton is coming off a state semifinal win over Valley View where the Fighting Tigers trailed 21-7 in the second quarter before scoring the final 28 points of the game for a 35-21 victory.
Running back Jaquez Keyes ran for 152 yards and scored three of the final four touchdowns for Ironton in the win, while quarterback Tayden Carpenter threw for 248 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score.
The offense is averaging 43.7 points per game and is led by the aerial attack of Carpenter, who has completed almost 70% of his passes for more than 3,000 yards and 39 touchdowns this season with just four interceptions.
His top target is senior Ty Perkins, who has 50 catches for 1,145 yards and 16 touchdowns. Sophomore Shaun Terry has 26 catches for 495 yards and five touchdowns, Landon Wilson has 28 catches for 362 yards and six touchdowns and Aiden Young has 19 catches for 338 yards and four touchdowns.
The semifinal was the second game of the season over 100 yards for Keyes, who leads the Tigers with 1,041 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns on the season.
The 21 points for Valley View were the most points scored against Ironton since Week 9 and only the third time this season a team had scored more than 13 points on the Tigers. While the Tigers allowed 21 points, only two touchdowns were scored against the defense, as one score came on blocked punt.
In the previous four playoff games, Ironton had given up 21 points total with one shutout.
South Range is coming off a 35-0 win over Liberty Center in the state semifinals.
In that game, quarterback Billy Skripac completed 14-of-18 passes for 263 yards and four touchdowns and scored the team's other touchdown on the ground.
On the season, Skripac has thrown for 2,632 yards and 34 touchdowns against just four interceptions and has run for 604 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Shane Lindstrom leads the receiving corps with 48 catches for 1,026 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Ayden Leon has 35 catches for 710 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The run game is led by Blake Ewert with 1,056 yards and 15 touchdowns on 134 carries. Aiden Dominguez has added 490 yards and six touchdowns and
South Range is averaging 42.2 points per game this season, the best average in Division V. They have scored fewer than 34 points just twice this season.
Defensively, the Raiders are allowing just 8.2 points per game, including four shutouts.
South Range is in its first state championship game, while Ironton is playing in its ninth and looking to win the school's third state title, but the first since 1989.