Football: Massillon Perry set for first state title game appearance

Football: Massillon Perry set for first state title game appearance

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Football: Massillon Perry set for first state title game appearance

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Massillon Perry High School varsity football team

Massillon Perry High School varsity football team

The Massillon Perry High School varsity football team is set to make the program’s first state championship game appearance when the Panthers play Cincinnati La Salle in the Division II title game on Friday night in Columbus.

The Panthers (12-2) are led by Keishaun Sims, Ohio’s 2015 Mr. Football award winner. Sims, who plays offense, defense and special teams for the Panthers, has rushed for 3,108 yards and 43 touchdowns this season en route to setting virtually all of the school’s single-season and career rushing records.

Senior offensive linemen Matt Carrick and Adam Gregoire, in addition to senior wide receiver Tevion Cleveland, garnered all-state recognition.

Head coach Keith Wakefield, who was named the Division II Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, spoke about his team and the title game with reporters from across the state via teleconference on Monday.

Massillon Perry FB coach Keith Wakefield talks about Panthers, Div. II title game by vadorsey

La Salle (12-2) is looking to win back-to-back titles. The Lancers defeated Nordonia 55-20 in the 2014 championship game

Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium

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