Game Box Score   December 03, 2011

Norwayne Bobcats14772048

First Downs2024
Passing Yards421282
Penalty Yards1935
RecordsN/A, 0-0, 0-0

Game Recap
MASSILLON Norwayne quarterback Adam Wallace entered today minus the hype and hardware of his counterpart — Kenton record-setting quarterback Maty Mauk — in the Division IV state finals.

Wallace and his Norwayne Bobcats, though, leave Paul Brown Tiger Stadium as state champions after a last-minute touchdown drive gave them a 48-42 win over Kenton.

Wallace threw four TD passes and ran for three more scores — including a 27-yard QB sweep with 4:21 left for a 41-28 lead — and Norwayne needed every bit of it to win the school’s first state title.

Mauk, Ohio’s Mr. Football, threw for 421 yards and five touchdowns, including two in the final four minutes to allow Kenton to erase that 41-28 deficit. The Missouri recruit threw a 65-yard TD pass to Brice Fackler with 3:54 left. Kenton followed that with a successful onside kick, setting the stage for a 28-yard Mauk TD pass to a diving Fackler with 2:51 left.

Wallace, though, led Norwayne right back down the field, going 80 yards in nine plays. He found Kaleb Harris over the middle of the field for a 31-yard TD with 31 seconds left.

Kenton tried to answer again, as Mauk got the Wildcats to near midfield with 10 seconds left. But after an incomplete deep pass with three seconds left, Mauk was intercepted on a heave to the end zone on the game’s final play.

Mauk was 27-of-50 throwing the ball, but also suffered two first-half interceptions. He added 46 yards and a touchdown rushing, as he finishes his season with 68 TD passes and 24 TD runs.

Mauk holds national records with 219 career touchdown passes and 18,932 career passing yards.

Fackler finished today with five catches for 178 yards and four TDs for Kenton. Justin Sawmiller and Kieran Fetter each caught seven balls for a combined 169 yards.

Wallace passed for 282 yards, going 15-of-24, and rushed for another 140 on 30 carries. Harris had five catches for 137 yards and two TDs for Norwayne, while Jon Maibach caught four balls for 74 yards and a score.

A successful Hail Mary pass by Kenton ended a wild first half with Norwayne leading, 21-14.

Wallace helped the Bobcats take leads of 14-0 and 21-6. The Bobcat defense also has come up with two interceptions, as the Norwayne pass rush gave Mauk problems.

Mauk, though, has made two huge plays — a 65-yard TD pass to Fackler and a 50-yard TD pass to Fetter.

The pass to Fetter ended the first half. Mauk eluded pressure on the play near midfield and fired the ball into the end zone where it was tipped before Fetter grabbed it for the score.

That set the pace for the even more exciting second half, as the teams finished with a combined 966 yards of total offense.

Both teams end the year 14-1.

Individual Scoring

CW—Wallace 5 run (Gerber kick)
CW—Smith 23 pass from Wallace (Gerber kick)
K—Fackler 65 pass from Mauk (run failed)
CW—Maibach 19 pass from Wallace (Gerber kick)
K— Fetter 50 pass from Mauk (Mauk run)
CW—Harris 62 pass from Wallace (Gerber kick)
K—Fackler 14 pass from Mauk (Mauk run)
CW—Wallace 4 run (Gerber kick)
K—Mauk 1 run (run failed)
CW—Wallace 27 run (Gerber kick)
K—Fackler 65 pass from Mauk (Mack pass to Sawmiller)
K—Fackler 28 pass from Mauk (pass failed)
CW—Harris 31 pass from Wallace (Gerber kick)