A long field goal gave the Hartley High School football team the lead midway through the fourth quarter and its defense made it stand in a 31-28 victory over Steubenville in the Division IV state championship game Dec. 5 at Ohio Stadium.

A long field goal gave the Hartley High School football team the lead midway through the fourth quarter and its defense made it stand in a 31-28 victory over Steubenville in the Division IV state championship game Dec. 5 at Ohio Stadium.

On fourth-and-8 from the Big Red 23, the Hawks elected to give kicker Ben Hawk an opportunity to give his team the lead, and he responded with a 40-yard field goal with 4 minutes, 57 seconds remaining.

Hartley, which also won state championships in 1986 and 2010, closed the season 12-3. Steubenville, which was ranked second in the final state poll, finished 13-1.

"I heard my name called, and I kind of knew it was going to happen, and as I walked out there I looked at my center and my holder and we kind of started celebrated because we've made that kick so many times in practice and we knew it was going to go in and that it was going to help us win the game," Hawk said.

The Big Red moved to the Hawks 23 on the ensuing possession, but on fourth-and-1, Rian Anderson and Cody Kirkbride tripped up Johnny Blue for no gain.

Steubenville had one final possession, but quarterback Dimitri Collaros was intercepted by Kirkbride on first-and-10 from the Big Red 37 with 36 seconds left to seal the win.

"They'd been hitting on so many screens against us and they were making us defend everything," Hawks coach Brad Burchfield said. "Rian and Cody had great games for us."

Hartley took a 28-21 lead on a 64-yard run by Richard Jones III with 2:05 left in the third quarter.

Steubenville was stopped on downs on the ensuing possession at the Hartley 45, but the Hawks fumbled at their 42 on the next play. Collaros then hit Mandela Lawrence-Burke in the end zone for a touchdown on the next play to tie it at 28.

The first half couldn't have gone much better for the Hawks offensively.

The Hawks drove 79 yards on 14 plays on the game's opening drive, with Quri Hickman capping the drive with a 1-yard run with 4:52 left in the first quarter.

The Big Red tied it at 7 with 2:12 to go in the opening quarter on a 7-yard run by Blue to complete a nine-play, 65-yard drive.

On its next possession, Hartley held the ball for 7:56, driving 66 yards on 15 plays with Hickman scoring on another 1-yard run. Two times during the possession, Steubenville was whistled for being offside when the Hawks were faced with fourth-and-1.

The Big Red tied it at 14 with 3:27 to go in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Blue, but Anderson returned the ensuing kickoff 47 yards to the Steubenville 40.

On second-and-goal from the Big Red 8 with 10 seconds left, quarterback Jake Ruby hit Anderson in the end zone to make it 21-14.

It marked just the second time all season Steubenville trailed at halftime.

Jones finished with 121 yards rushing on 10 carries, Hickman rushed for 89 yards and Anderson had 51 yards on four catches to lead the offense.

Hartley was outgained 312-298 in total yardage but held the ball for 28:52 compared to 19:08 for the Big Red.

"Obviously, it's huge for our school," Burchfield said. "This group of kids is awesome."

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Team 1 2 3 4 Final HARTLEY 7 14 7 3 31 STEUBENVILLE
7 7 7 7 28

H-Hickman 1 run (Hawk kick)

S-Blue 7 run (Smith kick)

H-Hickman 1 run (Hawk kick)

S-Blue 1 run (Smith kick)

H-Anderson 8 pass from Ruby (Hawk kick)

S-Blue 2 run (Smith kick)

H-Jones III 64 run (Hawk kick)

S-Lawrence-Burke 42 pass from Collaros (Smith kick)

H-Hawk 40 FG

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