Toledo Central Catholic defeated Trotwood-Madison 16-12 Friday night, to win the Ohio Division-II state championship.
Keith Towbridge, 6-foot-5, 250-pounds, starred on both sides of the football for Central Catholic, keying the running game with his blocking and playing impressively at defensive end. Afterwards, the Louisville commit spoke to the media.
HIS TEAM'S DEFENSIVE EFFORT:
"I was never worried at all, even when they made a run at us, because our defense had great trust in each other," Towbridge stated. "That's all it is for this team, it's just trust in your teammates and do your own job. I'm just speechless right now, and it's hard to talk about what this means. I need to get refocused, because basketball starts real soon, and when it comes to winning, I'm not done yet."
REDEMPTION FOR LOSING LAST YEAR:
"After losing last year, the thought was this would be all about payback," he explained. "We had our camp in mid-July, and that's when we all got together and discussed what our goals were for this season. The goal was to make it here, but not just get here, but to win it all. All year, we picked each other up, no matter which side of the ball was struggling, the other side would come through."
PLAYING BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL:
"I cramped up a little bit, but I just had to suck it up and be a man," he stressed. "This is football, and I wanted to be out there for every play. When you get to the last game and you have that state title, that just proves that everything was done the right way."
COMMITTING TO LOUISVILLE:
"I just felt they were a very impressive program, and now that they're moving to the ACC it's even better for me," Towbridge said. "I'm looking forward to getting there and helping my new teammates win games. I'm so happy right now, and I would love to be able to have this feeling at Louisville some day, and that's what I'm going to be working for."
EVALUATION: Towbridge had an exceptional senior season, and was one of the leaders on this state title team. There were concerns about his weight and physical conditioning prior to the season, but he answered all those doubts in impressive fashion. He played a more physical brand of football this year than he has in the past, where he relied on his size and athleticism. Seeing him flanked out on offense and being able to to run by defensive backs on deep passes was impressive. His blocking was much improved, which combined with his size leads to speculation that he could excel as an offensive tackle. Regardless of position, Towbridge is going to be a player that pushes to get on the field early for Louisville, because of his size and athletic ability.