The Kirtland Hornets, coached by Oil City native and former Franklin High School coach Tiger LaVerde, captured their second Ohio state football championship on Friday, beating Wayne Trace 44-16 for the Division VI title at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.
Kirtland (15-0) finished undefeated, and improved to 44-1 over their last three seasons. The Hornets’ only loss in the past three years came in the state’s Division V championship game last year. Kirtland won the Division V title in 2011.
On Friday, Kirtland racked up 588 yards of total offense, including 410 yards on the ground. Sam Kukura rushed for 196 yards and a touchdown, and teammate Adam Hess ran for 177 yards and two scores. Sam Skiljan threw for two TD’s and ran for another.
Wayne Trace (13-2) scored on a pair of touchdown tosses from Colby Speice, who completed 18-of-44 passes for 262 yards.