CANTON — Minster’s offense got to work at the end of the second quarter to give the team a lead at halftime and kept running in the second half of the Division VII state championship game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
Jared Huelsman had 362 yards of offense and four total touchdowns and helped lead the Wildcats to a 32-7 win, which earns them their second state title in four years.
Huelsman added a 9-yard touchdown run with 8:06 left in the third quarter to put Minster up 25-7, then Isaac Schmiesing added a TD on a short run late in the fourth to put the win away.
With a 7-7 tie, the Wildcats went on a 14-play, 94-yard drive that ended with Huelsman’s first TD run with 4:45 left in the second. After a three-and-out by Cuyahoga Heights, Minster drove 83 yards on nine plays and scored on Huelsman’s second run to take a 19-7 lead.
Minster took a 7-0 lead with 7:07 left in the first quarter on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Huelsman to Austin Brown. The Redskins scored on a 28-yard pass from Ryan Polk to Dylan Drummond to tie the game.
Minster had 396 yards of offense in the game, while Cuyahoga Heights had 246.
Huelsman completed 12-of-20 pass attempts for 141 yards and rushed for 221 yards.
Minster has made state championship games three out of the last four seasons. The Wildcats won the Div. VI state title in 2014 and lost in the D-VII last year.
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