Three weeks into the state tournament the only teams to beat a MAC team have been another MAC team and unfortunately that meant the end of the season for Minster as neighboring Marion Local knocked them out of the playoffs, 28-0.
By Ben Robinson for Press Pros
With the annual success the Midwest Athletic Conference football teams have in the state playoffs, one must wonder what the result would be to see Marion Local, Minster and Delphos St. John’s all in different regions.
With three MAC teams in the playoffs in Division 6, would there be three regional champions?
Would we then see two MAC teams in the state finals?
We’ll never know because two of the MAC teams (Marion Local and Minster) are in Region 24. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on what side of the fence you are on, Delphos St. John’s is in Region 22.
Then there is Coldwater and Versailles, two more MAC teams who qualified for the playoffs in Region 20 of Division 5 football.
And three weeks into the state tournament, the only teams to beat a MAC team has been – well, another MAC team.
After opening round wins, Coldwater knocked Versailles out of the tournament before throttling West Jefferson Friday night for the Region 20 Championship.
Delphos St. John’s rolled through Ottawa Hills and Tiffin Calvert by a combined score of 90-0 before defeating Leipsic 28-20 in the Region 22 title game.
And tonight, it was Marion Local knocking out MAC neighbor Minster a team that beat Springfield Central Catholic 48-13 to open the tournament and Fort Loramie 30-7 last week. Marion Local advanced to the regional final with a 53-0 win over Lockland and a 41-14 victory over Ada.
Tonight was another MAC meat grinder as both teams took it to the other with physical, hard-hitting defense.
And neither team could score in the opening frame, but Marion Local broke the game open in the second quarter on two four-yard touchdown runs by Jake Heitkamp and a 35-yard touchdown strike from Adam Bertke to Kellen Goettemoeller.
“We were able to run at them,” said Marion Local coach Tim Goodwin. “Adam Bertke has some great players around him. They complement each other very well.”
The scoring outburst was huge for Marion Local, especially with the way the Flyer defense was playing.
Minster did move the ball at times, but never could find the end zone.
“Minster was one of the best offenses we’ve seen,” Goodwin praised. “But this was a heck of a game for our defense.”
Minster’s defense wasn’t too shabby either, keeping the Flyers from extending the lead until the fourth quarter. Which is when the Flyer sophomore quarterback ended all matters with a ten-yard touchdown run.
“The game didn’t go as I thought it would,” said Goodwin. “I thought it would be a fourth quarter game. We were able to make enough plays and get some crucial stops. I’m proud of our kids. We prepared really well this week and it showed.”
Which leaves a showdown with Delphos St. John’s on the horizon with the winner heading to the state finals in two weeks.
But you still have to wonder, what if Marion Local, Minster and Delphos St. John’s were all in separate regions?