OHSAA announces honorary captains for football state title games

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission has announced the honorary captains for each of this weekend’s Ohio High School Athletic Association football state championship games, which kick off Thursday night at Ohio Stadium. The honorary captains will be involved in various pregame activities, including the coin toss.

State Championships Schedule and Honorary Captains

Home Team Listed First. Pairings are shown with overall records.

Thursday, Dec. 1

7:30 PM — Archie Griffin — Div. II: Massillon Perry (12-2) vs. Cincinnati La Salle (12-2)

Friday, Dec. 2

10:00 AM — Brian Hartline — Div. VI: Cuyahoga Heights (14-0) vs. Maria Stein Marion Local (13-1)

3:00 PM — Tom Cousineau — Div. IV: Columbus Bishop Hartley (12-2) vs. Steubenville (13-1)

8:00 PM — Jeff Backes — Div. I: Cincinnati St. Xavier (9-5) vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius (13-1)

Saturday, Dec. 3

10:00 AM — William White — Div. VII: Minster (10-4) vs. Warren John F. Kennedy (13-1)

3:00 PM — Frank Stams — Div. III: Trotwood-Madison (12-2) vs. Akron Arch. Hoban (13-1)

8:00 PM — Boom Herron — Div. V: Canton Central Catholic (10-3) vs. Coldwater (13-1)

Honorary Captains Bios

Archie Griffin, Eastmoor High School

Two-time time Heisman Trophy winner at Ohio State … 7 years with the Cincinnati Bengals … Senior advisor for Advancement, The Ohio State University

Brian Hartline, Canton GlenOak High School

Wide Receiver at Ohio State 2006-2008 … 7 seasons in NFL with Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns … Owns and operates two convenience stores with a partner in Columbus

Tom Cousineau, Lakewood St. Edward High School

Two-time All-American at Ohio State, 1978 Big Ten MVP … Played with Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League and Cleveland Browns … Will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday … VP Business Development at HMC HealthWorks

Jeff Backes, Upper Arlington High School

2000 OHSAA Division I State Champion … Cornerback at Northwestern 2002-2004 … Orthopedic Surgeon at Orthopedic One

William White, Lima Senior High School

All-Big Ten Defensive Back at Ohio State … Started in Super Bowl XXXIII for Atlanta Falcons. Also played with Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs … Vice President Midwest Region, Project Lead The Way, Inc.

Frank Stams, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School

1981 and 1982 OHSAA Division III State Champion … All-American on Notre Dame's 1988 NCAA National Championship Team … Executive Director, The First Tee of Akron

Boom Herron, Warren G. Harding High School

Rushed for 2,946 yards at Ohio State between 2008-2011 … While at OSU played in Fiesta, Rose, Sugar and Gator Bowls … NFL career includes stints with Bengals, Colts and Bills

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