Alter eliminated by Bishop Hartley

The Alter Knights suffered their first loss of the 2016 season as they fell to the Bishop Hartley Hawks in an Ohio Division IV state semi-final matchup at London High School, 14-7.

Alter Head Coach Ed Domsitz (photo by Mike NOyes/

Alter Head Coach Ed Domsitz (photo by Mike NOyes/

Bishop Hartley (11-3), the defending DIV state champions, dominated the time of possession by moving the chains. The Hawks had 17 first downs compared to the Knights’ four first downs.

Alter (13-1) had no answer for Hartley’s Marquette Dixon, 252 yards on 41 carries and scored both of the team’s first-half touchdowns to give the Hawks a 14-0 first half lead.

The Knights cut the deficit just before half during the third quarter when quarterback Ryan Markoff ran in a score from 15 yards out to make it 14-7 at the break.

Markoff would lead Alter on an epic third-quarter drive which took the Knights to the Hartley’s 1-yard line, but on a 4th-and-goal situation Markoff was stopped inches shy of game-tying touchdown and that would be as close as Alter would get the rest of the night.

The Hawks will face Steubenville (13-1) at 3 p.m. Friday in a rematch of last year’s championship game, which Hartley won.

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