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IN PICTURES: Central Catholic wins state title

12/05/2014, 12:00am EST
By THE BLADE

The Central Catholic Irish defeated Athens Thursday, Dec. 5, to capture the Division-III Ohio state championship. Central scored the game-winning TD with 15 seconds to play. CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND BEGIN SLIDESHOW.


Central Catholic takes the field against Athens during the Division III state football championship in Columbus. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic QB Marcus Winters (5) runs 79 yards to score a touchdown against Athens during the first quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Athens FS Ryan Luehman (16) intercepts a pass intended for Central Catholic WR Darion Greer (27) during the first quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic WR Jermiah Braswell (11) makes a catch for a touchdown against Athens during the second quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic WR Jeremiah Braswell (11) trees to make a catch against Athens DB Hunter Mullins (12). THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic OLB Simeon Washington (16) forces Athens QB Joe Burrow (10) to fumble the ball. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic QB Marcus Winters (5) runs the ball against Athens DB Trae Williams (3). THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic RB Tre'Von Wade (1) runs the ball against Athens LB Troy Stalder (36). THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic DB Stephon Campbell (7) breaks up a pass intended for Athens TB Trae Williams (3). THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic DL Christian Ward (60) stops Athens TE Trae Williams (3) behind the line of scrimmage during the third quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic RB Michael Warren (40) runs the ball against Athens DB Trae Williams (3) during the third quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic RB Tre'Von Wade (1) scores a touchdown against Athens during the third quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic QB Marcus Winters (5) scores a touchdown against Athens FS Ryan Luehrman (16) during the fourth quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Athens QB Joe Burrow (10) runs the ball against Central Catholic. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic RB Michael Warren (40) scores a touchdown against Athens during the fourth quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic WR Darion Greer runs the ball against Athens during the fourth quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic QB Marcus Winters (5) scores the game winning touchdown against Athens DB Trae Williams (3) during the fourth quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic celebrates defeating Athens 56-52 in the Division III state football championship in Columbus, Ohio. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic players stand for the National Anthem before playing Athens during the Division III state football championship at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic DL James Hudson (51) and DL Christian Ward (60) block Athens extra point during the first quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic RB Michael Warren (40) runs the ball against Athens DE Dylan Cochran (67) during the second quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic WR Jermiah Braswell (11) celebrates scoring a touchdown against Athens with Darion Greer (27) and Jerry Moore (15) during the second quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic QB Marcus Williams (5) celebrates with RB Michael Warren (40) after Warren scored a touchdown against Athens. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic head Greg Dempsey shouts instructions against Athens during the Division III state football championship. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Athens QB Joe Burrow (10) looks to throw against Central Catholic DL Ian Meacham (62). THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic DL Ian Meacham (62) forces Athens TB Trae Williams (3) to fumble the ball. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Athens WR Zacciah Saltzman (2) makes a catch against Central Catholic DB Ryan Keister (9). THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic RB Michael Warren (40) scores a touchdown against Athens during the third quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic RB Tre'Von Wade (1) breaks away from Athens LB Trot Stalder (36) to score a touchdown during the third quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic RB Michael Warren (40) runs the ball against Athens during the third quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic QB Marcus Winters (5) celebrates scoring a touchdown against Athens with Jake Nowak (66) and Jerry Moore (15) during the fourth quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic RB Michael Warren (40) scores a touchdown against Athens during the fourth quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic RB Michael Warren (40) celebrates scoring a touchdown against Athens with Darion Greer (27) during the fourth quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Athens DB Trae Williams (3) breaks up a pass intended for Central Catholic WR Jermiah Braswell (11) during the fourth quarter. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic head coach Greg Dempsey celebrates with his team in the defeat of Athens 56-52 in the Division III state football championship. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Central Catholic celebrates defeating Athens 56-52. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH

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