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Glenville going back to state title game

ted ginn sr. , glenville

PARMA, Ohio - An explosive second half vaulted Glenville past Medina Highland 41-13 Friday night in the Division II state football semifinal,  putting the Tarblooders back in the Ohio football championship for the second time in five years.
Glenville and Highland were tied 13-13 at the half, but the Tarblooders racked up 28 unanswered points in the second half to pull away and earn a spot in the Division II championship next weekend.
The victory Friday was the 13th straight for Glenville. 
Following a 24-10 loss to Div. I power St. Edward in the opener and a 15-14 squeaker over Solon in week two, Glenville has been unstoppable, outscoring opponents 475-63 in the next 11 games, including a pair of playoff games leading up the battle with Medina Highland.

That winning streak included four straight defensive shutouts near the end of the regular season and one in the first round of the playoffs, a 35-0 win over Brush High.

The Tarblooders beat Bedford 26-12 in the second round, then Madison 40-7 last week.

In 2009, Glenville became the first Cleveland public high school team to ever play in a state championship game, losing a 16-15 heartbreaker to Hilliard Davidson, which scored the winning points on a gutsy two-point conversion late in the game.

The trip to that big game was famously chronicled in The New York Times.

Like this year, that season was marked by an increasingly feared defense and also began with a one-point loss to the defending Division 1 champs – a 14-13 defeat at the hands of St. Ignatius.

But this year, Glenville – having moved down to Division II – did not have to also get through a rematch with either St. Ignatius or St. Edward.

Glenville will play Loveland for the state title on Friday, December 6th at 7:00 PM at Canton Fawcett Stadium.