EUCLID, Ohio (WKBN) – Canfield will meet Holy Name on Black Friday for the opportunity to play for its first state title.

The Cardinals dethroned the two-time Division III champion Chardon (14-7) to win the regional championship.

“We have to put away the last couple of weeks,” says Pavlansky.

“I think our guys did a great job of that after the big Ursuline win to focus on Chardon. Now we have to focus on Holy Name.”

“I think it is easy to get caught up in the glory there of beating Chardon,” senior linebacker Dom Marzano says.

“They beat us twice knocked us off so. It was a great win for us and I think the hard thing is getting back into it and I think we are doing a good job of that.”

Holy Name is back in the state tournament for the first time in 47 years.

“We have to stop their explosive plays” Pavlansky says.

“Their quarterback is dynamic, he is the fastest quarterback we have seen this year. He has a burst like no other. Offensively the best way to do that is stay on the field.”

The winner will meet either Bloom-Carroll (13-1) or Tippecanoe (13-1) in the Division III State championship game at 3 p.m. Friday, December 2.

“Yeah we are very hungry, we haven’t been in this position since 2005, I was only one-year old at that time,” senior quarterback Broc Lowry says.

“So I think the entire city of Canfield and all the teachers are ready for this game so we are ready to go out there.”

High School Football Playoffs – Division III State Semifinal
Friday, November 25, 2022, at Euclid Stadium
Holy Name (11-2) vs. Canfield (12-1)

Team statistics:
Scoring Offense: Canfield, 31.6; Holy Name, 30.8
Scoring Defense: Canfield, 11.5; Holy Name, 14.7

Playoff history:
Post-season wins: Canfield, 21; Holy Name, 14
Regional championships: Canfield, 2 (2005, 22); Holy Name, 2 (1975, 22)
State championships: Holy Name, 1 (1975); Canfield, 0

Game Notes:

Holy Name

  • Holy Name’s quarterback Jayvon Williams scored four touchdowns on the ground (19, 63, 45, 54 yards) as the Green Wave won its regional championship contest over Padua Franciscan, 56-21.
  • The Green Wave has won 10 games in a row to reach the State Final Four. This year, Holy Name played in four games decided by seven points or less, winning three of those contests.
  • In 1975, the unbeaten Green Wave topped Cincinnati Wyoming – 19-14 – to win the Class2A championship at the Rubber Bowl.
  • Holy Name has tied its 1975 team with the most wins in a single season with 11.
  • Each of the last two years, the Green Wave finished runner-up in the regional title game.
  • Alumni include football coach Frank Solich; John Banaszak, a former defensive lineman on three of the Steelers’ Super Bowl championship teams in the 1970s; and journalist Chris Broussard.


  • Danny Inglis’ 56-yard touchdown run put the Cardinals up for good turning away Chardon (14-7) – the same team who had knocked Canfield out of the post-season in each of the past two years.
  • Canfield’s defense has allowed an average of 9.8 points to its past 12 opponents. The Cardinals’ stingy defensive unit held 10 of their foes to 14 points or less that included a pair of shutouts this year.
  • Canfield has won their last eight games, during that stretch the Cardinals have averaged 32.8 points.
  • In 2005, the Cardinals edged Tallmadge (17-14) in the state semifinal before falling to Toledo Central Catholic (31-29) in the Division II Final at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

2022 Results
Holy Name (11-2)
Green Wave 56 Padua Franciscan 21*
Green Wave 17 Mansfield 16*
Green Wave 20 Lutheran West 10*
Green Wave 49 Copley 13*
Green Wave 42 Elyria Catholic 25
Green Wave 35 Buckeye 6
Green Wave 35 Normandy 14
Green Wave 21 Valley Forge 14
Green Wave 32 Lakewood 2
Green Wave 42 Parma 6
Elyria Catholic 28 Green Wave 14
Clyde 20 Green Wave 17
Green Wave 21 Padua Franciscan 16

Canfield (12-1)
Cardinals 14 Chardon 7*
Cardinals 33 Ursuline 25*
Cardinals 42 Aurora 14*
Cardinals 27 New Philadelphia 10*
Cardinals 35 Boardman 6
Cardinals 43 Howland 7
Cardinals 48 East 0
Cardinals 20 Dover 14, OT
Chaney 16 Cardinals 13
Cardinals 42 St. Thomas More 0
Cardinals 31 Poland 7
Cardinals 28 Bellevue 12
Cardinals 35 West Branch 31