CLYDE, Ohio (WKBN) – South Range will be matched against Liberty Center, a program that has lots of tradition playing this deep into the postseason. The Tigers are competing in their eighth Final Four game (3-4).

“Their offensive and defensive line is very good,” says South Range head coach Dan Yeagley.

“Very quick, they run to the ball, they block very well, tackle well. That is the strength of their team is the trenches, so we have to make sure we take care of the trenches ourselves.”

The Raiders are back in the State Semifinal round for the first time in five years.

“It would mean a lot,” says senior defensive lineman Bailey Ryan.

“Especially to get one for Coach Yeagley, he has been coaching for a long time and I would like to get him to a state championship.”

The winner will meet either Ironton (14-0) or Valley View (13-1) in the Division V State championship game at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 2.

“We are a physical team and we will show that,” senior cornerback Joey Plunkett says.

“Just like Garfield we showed we can be physical on defense. We are going to step up to the challenge and show everyone what South Range defense is about.”

High School Football Playoffs – Division V State Semifinal
Friday, November 25, 2022, at Clyde
Liberty Center (14-0) vs. South Range (14-0)

Team statistics:
Scoring Offense: South Range, 42.7; Liberty Center, 39.2
Scoring Defense: South Range, 8.8; Liberty Center, 9.0

Playoff history:
Post-season wins: Liberty Center, 38; South Range, 28
Regional championships: Liberty Center, 8 (1992, 93, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 18, 22); South Range, 3 (2005, 17, 22)
State championships: Liberty Center, 1 (1997); South Range, 0

Game notes:

Liberty Center

  • Liberty Center — ranked #4 in the final poll — won the Region 18 crown by defeating Elmwood (49-38).
  • The Tigers have averaged 41.8 points over the course of their last 10 outings.
  • Over the past five years, the Tigers have compiled a combined winning percentage of 84.4% (54-10). Liberty Center has won the regional championship in 2018 and 2022. Coach Casey Mohler has seen his Tiger bunch qualify for the playoffs in each of the last five years.
  • In 1997, Liberty Center won the Division V state title over Amanda-Clearcreek (49-8).

South Range:

  • The Raiders have won 27 of their last 28 games played, going back even more they’ve been victorious in 36 of their last 38 contests.
  • South Range has won 14 games in a single season for the first time in program history.
  • The Raider defense has held the opposition to less than 10 points eight times this year. Their offense has scored 42 points or more in eight games as well.
  • South Range was turned away in the Final Four by Patrick Henry (48-28) in 2005 and by Eastwood (21-7) in 2017. Coach Dan Yeagley’s team is seeking their first appearance in the state championship game.

2022 Results
Liberty Center (14-0)
Tigers 49 Elmwood 38*
Tigers 34 Coldwater 0*
Tigers 41 Liberty-Benton 7*
Tigers 61 Port Clinton 20*
Tigers 51 Delta 14
Tigers 48 Evergreen 7
Tigers 43 Patrick Henry 6
Tigers 49 Bryan 7
Tigers 42 Swanton 0
Tigers 16 Archbold 0
Tigers 40 Wauseon 6
Tigers 9 Otsego 0
Tigers 35 Napoleon 21
Tigers 31 Tinora 0

South Range (14-0)
Raiders 49 Perry 21*
Raiders 34 Cardinal Mooney 6*
Raiders 49 Garrettsville Garfield 10*
Raiders 35 Liberty 6*
Raiders 28 Hubbard 0
Raiders 66 Lakeview 6
Raiders 42 Jefferson 7
Raiders 55 Niles 0
Raiders 56 Girard 12
Raiders 48 Poland 0
Raiders 23 Struthers 13
Raiders 34 Canton Central Catholic 21
Raiders 42 University School 14
Raiders 37 Springfield 7