Bishop Hartley wins Division IV football title

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Bishop Hartley High School is the 2016 Division IV Football state champions. It’s the second straight year the Hawks have won the state championship, and this one came in dramatic fashion.

With less than two minutes left in the game and the score tied at 21, Steubenville lined up for a go-ahead field goal. But the kick barely got into the air and Hartley linebacker Cody Kirkbride grabbed the ball out of the air and ran it back to the Steubenville 31 yard line. The Hawks then ran the clock down to two seconds, setting up sophomore Matteo Agriesti for a 31 yard field. Agriesti connected on the kick and the Hawks players and coaches stormed on to the field to celebrate their 24-21 win.

It’s the 4th state title in Bishop Hartley football history. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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