Tiger LaVerde’s Kirtland, Ohio Team Wins Second State Championship

December 6, 2013
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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.

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