QB Adam Bertke big in state final win 

November, 30, 2012
Adam Bertke (Maria Stein, Ohio/Marion Local) showed just why Division I college programs are hot on his trail. In a back-and-forth Division VI state final that was calling for a superstar, the ESPN Watch List junior grabbed the spotlight in a 28-21 win by the Flyers over Newark Catholic.

Marion Local won its second consecutive title and sixth overall thanks to heady play under pressure by the 6-foot-4, 190-pound quarterback. With an offer from Toledo and plenty of other Division I interest, Bertke showed he was the real deal in a 13-play, 76-yard drive that sealed the deal.

“I was thinking touchdown all the way,” Bertke said. “I was just taking what they gave me and bringing it hard. These guys stepped up. It was amazing to see.”