Canistota/Freeman’s balanced offensive attack proved to be too much for Howard in the Class 9A State Football championship Thursday morning. The Pride defeated the Tigers for the 2nd time in 2018, this time 46-14 for their first championship since 2015.
The passing for Canistota/Freeman was on display in the first half. Quarterback Trey Ortman threw touchdowns to Braxton Schmidt from 9 yards out and Tyce Ortman from 50 yards. Howard’s only score in the first half was 5 yard run from Zach Pardy.
Trailing 24-6 coming out for halftime, Howard’s defense had to contend with the Pride’s running game. Canistota/Freeman had rushing scores from Austin Thu, Bailey Sage, and Isiah Robertson. Howard quarterback Isaac Feldhaus scored the only touchdown of the second half for the Tigers in the 46-14 loss.
Canistota/Freeman’s Trey Ortman was named the Joe Robbie Most Valuable Player and Most Outstanding Back. Ortman completed 8-of-9 passes for 165 yards, two touchdowns, and a rushing score. The Pride totaled 451 yards of offense while the defense held Howard to 162 yards. Zach Pardy rushed for 80 yards and Michael Hofer ran for 41 for the Tigers, who finish the season at 8-4.