Mentor Lake Catholic
November 22nd 2020
@ Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
Div IV Football State Championship
Van Wert Wins D4 Title With Second Half Comeback
The Van Wert Cougars won its first football state championship coming back to defeat Lake Catholic 31-28 in the Division 4 title game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Van Wert (11-1) controlled the first quarter driving inside Lake Catholic's 10 yard line twice, but came out empty both times.
Lake Catholic (8-3) then struck to start the second quarter on a reverse pass from Nick Brandt to Brady Bowser from four yards out making it 7-0.
Van Wert answered two minutes later on a two-yard pass play from Owen Treese to Maddix Crutchfield to even the score.
Lake Catholic then scored the games' next two touchdowns as Ryan Joy went in from a yard out in the second quarter and quarterback Joe Malchesky took a keeper 53 yards to start the third.
Van Wirt would come back, however, as Treece ran in from two yards out then started the fourth quarter with a 42-yard pass play to Connor Pratt to even things at 21.
Malchesky then put Lake Catholic back in front with a 50-yard run with 5:25 to play, but once again Van Wert answered on a Treece to Nate Jackson 15-yard pass play to tie the game at 28 with 2:30 left.
Van Wert then got an interception at midfield and worked their way into the red zone where Damon McCracken kicked a 25-yard field goal with nine seconds left to give the Cougars its first football title in school history.
Treese finished the game 27-of-44 passing for 274 yards, 3 touchdowns, and an interception. He also rushed the ball 19 times for 89 yards and another score.
Malchesky finished 3-of-9 passing for 55 yards and 2 interceptions but rushed 30 times for 232 yards and 2 scores.
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