Mark Waid didn’t have to do it, but he took all the blame Saturday night.
The Girard quarterback’s legacy as one of the state’s best quarterbacks is safe despite a 42-14 loss to Cincinnati Wyoming in the Division IV state final at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. He holds every passing record in Trumbull County and is the state’s fourth all-time leading passer in career yardage and yet, he felt the need to apologize for his play.
Waid went 11 for 29 for 194 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions against the Cowboys.
“I take full responsibility for our team’s loss tonight. I want to apologize to Girard, my teammates and my coaches,” Waid said. “It was an honor to play this game with them. I couldn’t be happier to come from Girard and represent our community.”
Indians coach Pat Pearson had a different take on the game.
“I told Marky on the field that it was his fault. It’s his fault that we’re in the state championship game,” Pearson said. “This kid is unbelievable. He’s the most unselfish kid that I’ve been around. I love him.”
Waid’s name can be said in the same breath as Nick Cochran, the school’s athletic director. Cochran was a former Ohio State recruit who later quarterbacked Youngstown State to a runner-up finish in the 1992 Division I-AA national championship against Marshall.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.