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Timberlake beats Seiling to win Class C title

BY JUSTIN HARPER, , Staff Writer, Modified: December 6, 2009 at 8:02 am •  Published: December 6, 2009

Ketterman ran for a game-best 123 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown run and the ensuing two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Jake Bowers passed for 80 yards and a 27-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Ross and also ran for 94 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Austin Reuss also had a long-distance TD, scooting 59 yards for a score on the Tigers' first possession of the second half.

While the title was the only goal that mattered, the Tigers would have liked a shot at ending Shattuck's run of six consecutive titles head-to-head.

"We wanted to go against Shattuck, but they lost before we could play them," said Ketterman, who ends the season with 17 touchdowns. "But, obviously, winning the championship was more important than beating Shattuck."

Seiling got a terrific showing from senior quarterback Zach McDonald, who ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns (giving him 25 for the season). However, the Tigers held the Wildcats to zero passing yards. And the three-TD surge that started in the final minute of the third quarter zapped any drama the game had built to that point.

The only other time Timberlake played for a title, it lost to Medford in 1999. However, it was pretty obvious this year's seniors were honing in on a crown after they led the Tigers to the state semifinals as sophomores and juniors.

"We've gotten close before," said Ketterman. "But we knew we wouldn't let another chance get away this time."

Considering the seniors called it in the third grade, and this was their final chance, there never really was any doubt.