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Kirtland Ends Redbirds Playoff Run

Story By: Brian Skowronski



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The #1 ranked Kirtland Hornets met #2 Loudonville in a battle of unbeatens for the Division VI Region 19 championship at Medina High School Friday evening, with a trip to state on the line.

After a defensive struggle in a scoreless first quarter, Kirtland would get on the board on the first play of the second quarter. Senior running back Adam Hess would put the Hornets up 7-0 with a 13-yard touchdown run.

After a fumble by Loudonville quarterback Kolton Edmonson gave Kirtland a short field, Hornets QB Sam Skiljan took advantage with a 12-yard strike to David Allchin to make it a 14-0 game. A 22-yard field goal by kicker Jordan Ianiro would make it 17-0 Hornets, but Loudonville would have a chance to cut into the lead just before the half. Edmonson however, would get intercepted on the 1 yard line, on an incredible juggling catch by Skiljan, to keep it a three possession game.

Midway through the third quarter however, Redbirds running back Josh Weber would trim the Kirtland lead down to 11 on a 6-yard rushing score. Skiljan would increase the Hornets advantage to 24-6 early in the fourth quarter, on a 47-yard scamper to pay dirt. Later in the frame, Skiljan would put the game out of reach by finding the end zone again, to make it a 31-6 Kirland lead. The Redbirds would cash in a late score on a 7-yard pass from Edmonson to Weber, but it not be enough, as Loudonville came up short, 31-14.

For the game, Kirtland outgained Loudonville 358- 211 and had 24 first downs to the Birds 10. The Hornets also forced 3 Redbird turnovers, only giving the ball away once. Loudonville wraps-up their season at 12-1, while 13-0 Kirtland advances to their fourth consecutive final four, where they are the defensing state champions.

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