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Wyoming and Glenville bring undefeated records into OHSAA Division IV state championship game

The Cowboys and Tarblooders will look to avoid their first loss and take home the Division IV title
Photo by Jeff Harwell 

Photo by Jeff Harwell 

Division IV state championship game

Date/Time: Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Wyoming (15-0) vs. Glenville (14-0)

The final game of the weekend will pit two undefeated teams against each other as Wyoming and Glenville enter with a combined record of 29-0.

Wyoming is coming off a 32-20 comeback win over Steubenville in which the Cowboys scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes to pull off the win.

That was the first time all season a team had scored more than 14 points against the Cowboys this season and only the second team to score more than seven points, as the Wyoming defense has allowed just 55 points all season and has 10 shutouts.

The offense is led by Ohio Mr. Football finalist CJ Hester, who has run for 3,074 yards and 48 touchdowns this season on 355 carries. He also had an interception on Steubenville's final possession in the state semifinals to seal the win.

In the 7-0 regional final win over Taft, Hester accounted for 137 of Wyoming's 183 yards off offense and scored the game's only touchdown on a 59-yard run in the third quarter.

Quarterback Quaid Hauer has thrown for nearly 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. Hauer also leads the Wyoming defense with 141 tackles.

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Joel Allen leads the defense with nine sacks and is second on the team with 120 tackles, and DJ Gray, Terence Gragston II and Coleman Jeffers all have more than 90 tackles. Gray also has six sacks and four interceptions and has returned a pair for touchdowns. Joel Hancock leads the team with six interceptions.

Glenville enters the state championship game after a 52-7 blowout win over Jefferson Area. 

In the state semifinals, the Tarblooders were led by running back D'Shawntae Jones, who ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns in the first 13 minutes of the game. That was after Jones ran for 287 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-33 win over Van Wert in the regional finals.

Quarterback Deonte Rucker had 186 yards passing and two touchdowns and 56 yards rushing with a score in the win over Jefferson Area, including a tight end screen to Damarion Witten who took the ball 98 yards for a touchdown.

Glenville started the season by playing teams in bigger divisions in their three out of conference games and coming away with wins over Division II St. Vincent-St. Mary (25-0), Division I Olentangy Liberty (20-14) and Division II Avon (27-21).

Since then, Glenville has scored 46.3 points per game while giving up just 61 total points and has won all but one game by 34 or more points, with 10 of the 11 games ending with a running clock. In Senate League play, the Tarblooders went 6-0 and outscored opponents 272-0.

Glenville is led defensively by Ohio State commit Arvell Reese at linebacker and junior cornerback Bryce West, who holds numerous Division I offers, including Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama and Georgia.

Wyoming is looking to win its third state title and first since 2018, while Glenville is looking for its first state championship.