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HS Football Playoffs: Mentor Rolls To A 49-14 Win Over Medina, Advance To State Final Four For Second Consecutive Year

MENTOR, OHIO — The clock struck midnight for the Cinderella story of Region 1 on Friday night.

Ian Kipp led 2nd-seeded Mentor to a dominant 49-14 victory over 8th-seeded Medina, propelling the Cardinals to another Final Four berth.

Despite the lopsided final score, a good portion of the first half was very competitive.

After Medina fumbled the ball away on their first drive, Mentor quickly took advantage with a touchdown pass from Kipp to Evan Harper.

On the ensuing Medina possession, Dorian Boyland led a strong drive that was capped off by a 3-yard touchdown to tie the game up 7-7.

After Kipp threw a touchdown pass to John Sierputkowski late in the 1st, Medina would come right back to tie the game 14-14 on a fourth down connection from Drew Allar to JaJuan Jackson.

Unfortunately for Medina, this would be one of their last highlights of the game.

Kipp threw for two touchdowns and ran for one more in the second quarter, pushing the Mentor lead to 35-14 at halftime.

Ian Kipp had five of his six scores in that first half, finishing an efficient night with 196 yards passing and 66 yards rushing.

The Medina offense continued to struggle in the second half.

A big reason for that was Mentor’s ability to lock down receivers, and a relentless pass rush that barely gave Allar any time in the pocket.

Allar, who was coming off of a career night against St. Ignatius, only completed 15 of his 40 attempts. A relentless attack from the defensive line forced Allar to throw many hurried balls either to covered receivers, or over the bench and into the sidelines.

Touchdown carries by Kipp and Brenden Panhorst would put the running clock into effect, and the Cardinals would go on to win 49-14.

This is the second consecutive regional title for Mentor (9-1), as they earn a spot in the Final Four once again.

Next Friday they’ll go up against the 2019 state champions Pickerington Central (10-0). Pickerington Central defeated Mentor in the Final Four last season by a count of 28-21.

This year, the game will be played at New Philadelphia High School.

As for Medina, they end their season of dreams with a record of 6-4. The Bees return many of their key players next season, including 3-star quarterback Drew Allar.

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