MASSILLON, Ohio - Friday was a day, and night, of celebration in Kirtland.
Christian Hauber and Damon Washington combined for 343 yards rushing to lead Kirtland to its first Ohio Division V football championship, beating Coldwater 28-7 on Friday. The victory makes Kirtland the first ever public high school in Lake County to win the championship.
The Hornets (15-0) outgained tournament-tested Coldwater (11-4) on the ground, logging 410 yards compared with Coldwater's 73. They outscored opponents overall 586-98 this year.
Hauber twice scored on 6-yard runs and had 196 yards on 30 carries. Washington had 147 yards on 18 attempts, including TD runs of 7 and 81 yards.
Coldwater won titles in 2005 and 2007 and has been runner-up five times, including the past three years.
Football players were welcomed home with a community celebration at the Kirtlander Party Center. "It brings everyone together," senior Tim Blankenship said. "The whole community is here. It's great. Everyone's together right now."