No. 66 La Salle takes down No. 18 Massillon Washington for Ohio Division II high school football state championship

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For the fourth time in the last six years, La Salle is an Ohio high school football champ. Thursday night, the Lancers, ranked No. 66 in the High School Football America 100 national rankings, defeated No. 18 Massillon Washington 34-17 to claim the state’s Division II state championship.

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La Salle was led by a roughed ground attack that chewed-up 337 yards and took advantage of three Tiger turnovers, turning all of them into points. Massillon Washington, which has never won a state championship in five tries in the modern playoff era, led early 3-0, but that was the only time the Tigers would find themselves ahead on the scoreboard.

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Massillon Washington has claimed 24 Ohio state championships to go along with nine national championships. However, the last of those state crowns came in 1970, which was two years before Ohio began deciding its champions in a playoff format. The Tigers, who also lost in last year’s championship game, finish the season 14-1, while La Salle ends 13-2

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