Girard’s magical ride falls short of title

From the OHSAA

CANTON– No. 1 Cincinnati Wyoming (15-0) won its second state title by way of a 42-14 victory over Girard (13-2) in the 2018 OHSAA Division IV state championship game on Saturday night at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

In a battle of first-team All-Ohio quarterbacks, the Wyoming Cowboys and the Division IV Offensive Player of the Year junior quarterback Evan Prater came out on top. Prater finished the game six-for-11 passing for 149 yards and two touchdowns while adding 242 yards and three touchdowns rushing.

“Evan is a tremendous competitor,” Wyoming coach Aaron Hancock said after the game. “As I said before in other interviews, I think he is a kid who plays really good in big games. That’s what you want. If you’re playmaker, you play big in the biggest games.”

Prater finished his junior season with 2,174 yards and 28 touchdowns passing, and 1,778 yards and 32 touchdowns rushing.

Prater’s favorite target in the game was first-team All-Ohio senior wide receiver Joey Edmonds. Edmonds compiled four catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Edmonds finished the season with 1,000 yards and 19 touchdowns receiving.

Girard’s first-team All-Ohio quarterback, senior Mark Waid, ended the game with 194 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions passing and 31 yards and one touchdown rushing.

Game Notes

¯Wyoming finished the season with 632 points, which is tied for 24th in OHSAA history; while Girard finished the season with 663 points, which is 18th all-time.

¯This is Wyoming’s second state title in three trips to the championship game. The Cowboys won the 1977 Class AA title and were Class AA runners-up in 1975.

¯This was Girard’s inaugural trip to the state championship game.

¯Attendance for the game was 5,532, bringing the total attendance for the seven state championship games to 52,390.