St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) is heading back to Ohio Stadium in hopes of repeating as Division I state champion.
After needing to rally in its first two postseason games, No. 9 St. Edward has found its groove the last two weeks. The Eagles dominated previously unbeaten Stow-Monroe, 45-7, on Saturday with the second half played with a running clock because of a 30-point differential.
It was the Eagles’ 11th consecutive win after its lone loss of the season in Week 3 to St. Joseph’s Regional (Montvale, N.J.). This performances follows an impressive 33-0 shutout of Euclid last week.
Saturday, after a field goal opening the scoring, St. Edward (13-1) scored in rapid fire succession in the final 15 and a half minutes of the first half. Carl Jones caught a TD pass from Jimmy Keefe; school career leading rusher Cole Gest scored on two runs; Keefe found Matthew Gonzalez for a touchdown; and Curtis Szelesta ran in a score.
For good measure, the Eagles blocked a field goal at end the half and got the ball to start the second half.
St. Edward faces No. 14 Wayne (Huber Heights) in the Division I state final next week. Wayne beat Colerain 28-21 on Saturday.