December 8, 2011

Fackler dominates D4 title game

Though the Division IV state championship game didn't exactly go the way he would have liked, Kenton (Ohio) product Brice Fackler certainly did all he could in the 48-42 loss to Creston Norwayne. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Kent State commit hauled in five receptions for 178 yards and a state championship game record four touchdowns to finish off an outstanding high school career.

"It was really exciting to perform that well," said Fackler. "At the same time, I would rather change the outcome and take a win (instead of the individual stats) but at the same time it was good to make some plays. I was pretty proud of the way we played and pretty proud of having those records."

Fackler was able to get behind the Norwayne secondary numerous times for big plays, including a big first half touchdown catch to get Kenton back in the game.

"I just kind of saw some holes," he said. "Maty (Mauk) kind of saw them too and we talked about it on the sideline and we knew what was going to be open and that's pretty much what happened on the big play in the first half."

Though the Wildcats came up just short of their ultimate goal, Fackler says he will take a lot of positives away from his senior season.

"It was a great year," Fackler said. "We accomplished a lot and the seniors coming together really showed what we were made of. We lost a lot of key guys from last year so it's just very memorable, it's just too bad we couldn't come out with a win in that last game."

With his high school football career now over, Fackler is now even closer to becoming a member of the Kent State football program. Fackler met with his future head coach Darrell Hazell recently to talk about his future.

"Coach Hazell was just at my house last weekend (for his in-home visit)," Fackler explained. "We talked about what I'm going to play at Kent State and I'm excited to go up there and play tight end."

Fackler added that he's ready to help the Flashes become a perennial contender.

"I think I'm just ready to help Kent State get back to where they should be," he said. "I want to get the chance to play in some bowl games and really turn the program around."

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