Ohio Preps Roundup: Week 11 Preview

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The following is a look at all the match ups for the first week of the high school football playoffs.


We look ahead to the first weekend of the Ohio high school football playoffs.

The ONN/Ohio High Power Poll was updated for the final time on Monday. Here is a look at some of the top teams in each division, listed in order:

* Division I – Cincinnati St. Xavier (10-0), Cincinnati Colerain (10-0), Dublin Coffman (10-0), Brunswick (10-0), Pickerington Central (10-0), Euclid (9-1), Cleveland St. Ignatius (8-2), Mentor (7-2), Macedonia Nordonia (9-1), Hilliard Darby (9-1).

* Division II – Columbus DeSales (10-0), Cincinnati Turpin (10-0), Avon Lake (10-0), Warren Howland (10-0).

* Division III – Canal Fulton Northwest (10-0), Newark Licking Valley (9-1), Rocky River (10-0), Tipp City Tippecanoe (10-0).

* Division IV – Youngstown Mooney (10-0), Kettering Alter (10-0), Steubenville (10-0), Williamsport Westfall (10-0).

* Division V – Maria Stein Marion Local (10-0), North Lima South Range (10-0), Findlay Liberty-Benton (10-0), West Jefferson (10-0).

* Division VI – Springfield Catholic Central (10-0), Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (10-0), Mogadore (9-1), Norwalk St. Paul (9-1).

Still Unbeaten

No fewer than 29 Ohio teams remained unbeaten through the end of the regular season. All 29 of these teams qualified for the playoffs. Here is a rundown by division (all teams 10-0; regions in parentheses):

* Division I (5 teams) – Brunswick (2), Dublin Coffman (3), Pickerington Central (3), Cincinnati St. Xavier (4), Cincinnati Colerain (4).

* Division II (4 teams) – Warren Howland (5), Avon Lake (6), Columbus DeSales (7), Cincinnati Turpin (8).

* Division III (3 teams) – Rocky River (9), Tipp City Tippecanoe (10), Canal Fulton Northwest (11).

* Division IV (5 teams) – Youngstown Mooney (13), Steubenville (13), Williamsport Westfall (15), St. Clairsville (15), Kettering Alter (16).

* Division V (7 teams) – North Lima South Range (17), Vienna Mathews (17), Findlay Liberty-Benton (18), Bucyrus Wynford (18), Old Washington Buckeye Trail (19), Maria Stein Marion Local (20), West Jefferson (20).

* Division VI (5 teams) – Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (21), Beallsville (23), Springfield Catholic Central (24), Portsmouth Sciotoville (24), Covington (24).

Seven teams tasted defeat in their final regular season game to fall to 9-1. They were:

* Division I — Hilliard Darby (lost to Groveport-Madison 34-17).

* Division II – Tallmadge (lost to Wadsworth 31-16), Dresden Tri-Valley (lost to Uniontown Lake 42-0).

* Division III — Sunbury Big Walnut (lost to New Albany 24-17).

* Division IV — Pataskala Licking Heights (lost to West Jefferson 28-14).

* Division V — Sherwood Fairview (lost to Defiance Tinora 38-20), Hamler Patrick Henry (lost to Wauseon 35-28).

Regional Quarterfinal Pairings

Here are the regional quarterfinal high school football playoff pairings, with seedings, as provided by the Ohio High School Athletic Association:

DIVISION I

All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday

Region 1

8 Painesville Riverside (7-3) at 1 Mentor (7-2)

5 N. Royalton (9-1) at 4 Solon (8-2)

7 Cleve. Glenville (8-2) vs. 2 Cleve. St. Ignatius (8-2) at Parma Byers Field – This game will be televised by Sports Time Ohio. Glenville features WR Cordale Scott. These teams have met in the playoffs three times in the last four years with Glenville holding a 2-1 edge. St. Ignatius won 24-21 in 2003 in a first-round game. Glenville then won 22-14 in a 2004 regional final and last year 19-12 in a first-round game. St. Ignatius has won a record nine state playoff titles.

6 Youngs. Boardman (7-3) at 3 Euclid (9-1)

Region 2

8 Canton GlenOak (6-4) at 1 Brunswick (10-0)

5 Wadsworth (9-1) at 4 Tol. Whitmer (8-2)

7 Tol. St. John's (6-4) at 2 N. Canton Hoover (8-2)

6 Perrysburg (8-2) at 3 Macedonia Nordonia (9-1).

Region 3

8 Upper Arlington (8-2) at 1 Hilliard Darby (9-1) – Darby defeated UA 22-7 in Week 5. PressBoxProductions.net will have a live audio webcast of this game at 7 p.m. Saturday.

5 Groveport-Madison (7-3) at 4 Cols. Brookhaven (9-1)

7 Lancaster (7-3) at 2 Pickerington Cent. (10-0) – Central won 24-13 in Week 5.

6 Gahanna Lincoln (7-3) at 3 Dublin Coffman (10-0) – Coffman defeated Gahanna twice in 2006, including a 35-23 win in the regional semifinals. Coffman features OSU verbals OL Mike Adams and WR Jake Stoneburner.

Region 4

8 Cin. Elder (7-3) at 1 Cin. St. Xavier (10-0) – St. X downed GCL rival Elder 18-0 in Week 6.

5 Cin. Princeton (8-2) at 4 Centerville (8-2) – Princeton won a 43-42 thriller over Centerville in Week 2.

7 Clayton Northmont (7-3) at 2 Cin. Colerain (10-0)

6 Cin. Moeller (6-3) at 3 Cin. Sycamore (9-1).

DIVISION II

All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 5

8 Madison (7-3) at 1 Warren Howland (10-0) – Madison features OSU verbal TE Nic DiLillo.

5 Mayfield (7-3) vs. 4 Parma Padua (7-3) at Parma Byers Field

7 Akron Firestone (7-3) at 2 Tallmadge (9-1) – Tallmadge stopped Firestone 35-20 in Week 3.

6 Cleve. South (8-2) at 3 Parma Normandy (8-2).

Region 6

8 Grafton Midview (8-2) at 1 Avon Lake (10-0)

5 Powell Olentangy Liberty (8-2) at 4 Ashland (9-1) – This game will be televised by Sports Time Ohio.

7 Lexington (8-2) vs. 2 Sylvania Southview (9-1) at Sylvania Northview

6 Piqua (7-3) at 3 Tol. Cent. Cath. (8-2) – Eventual state champion Piqua downed TCC 33-14 in the first round in 2006.

Region 7

8 Zanesville (8-2) at 1 Cols. DeSales (10-0)

5 Cols. Marion-Franklin (9-1) at 4 Canfield (9-1)

7 Uniontown Lake (7-3) at 2 Louisville (8-2) – Lake defeated Louisville 35-34 in Week 2. PressBoxProductions.net will have a live audio webcast of this game beginning at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Just go to that site at that time.

6 Dresden Tri-Valley (9-1) at 3 Logan (9-1).

Region 8

8 Cin. Winton Woods (7-3) at 1 Cin. Turpin (10-0)

5 Trotwood-Madison (7-3) at 4 Trenton Edgewood (8-1) – Edgewood stopped Trotwood-Madison 35-12 in a first-round playoff game in 2006.

7 Kings Mills Kings (8-2) at 2 Cin. Anderson (8-2)

6 Day. Carroll (9-1) at 3 Cin. Withrow (9-1).

DIVISION III

All games start at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 9

8 Mogadore Field (9-1) at 1 Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (8-1)

5 Cortland Lakeview (8-2) at 4 Aurora (9-1)

7 Hubbard (7-3) at 2 Rocky River (10-0)

6 Ravenna (8-2) at Mentor Lake Cath. (6-4).

Region 10

8 Rossford (6-4) at 1 Sunbury Big Walnut (9-1)

5 Shelby (8-2) at 4 Bellefontaine (9-1)

7 Urbana (9-1) at 2 Napoleon (9-1)

6 Clyde (9-1) at 3 Tipp City Tippecanoe (10-0) – This is one of two first-round match-ups between teams ranked in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll. Tipp City is ranked fourth in the state, while Clyde is No. 7.

Region 11

8 Poland Seminary (7-3) at 1 Canal Fulton Northwest (10-0)

5 Canton South (6-4) at 4 Dover (7-3) – Canton South stopped Dover 28-21 in Week 1.

7 Granville (7-3) at 2 Newark Licking Valley (9-1) – Licking Valley defeated Granville 28-0 in Week 7.

6 New Concord John Glenn (8-2) at 3 Beloit West Branch (8-2).

Region 12

8 Eaton (6-4) at 1 Cin. Indian Hill (8-2)

5 Circleville (7-3) at 4 Washington Court House (8-2) – Circleville stopped WCH 34-27 in Week 2.

7 Germantown Valley View (5-5) at 2 Canal Winchester (9-1) – Valley View is the only team that qualified for the playoffs without a winning record.

6 Monroe (8-2) at 3 Goshen (9-1).

DIVISION IV

All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday

Region 13

8 Coshocton (7-3) vs. 1 Youngs. Mooney (10-0) at Youngstown State University – Mooney is the defending Division IV state champion and has won 24 straight games.

5 Perry (9-1) at 4 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (8-2)

7 Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (9-1) at 2 Steubenville (10-0) – Steubenville won the Division III state title last year, but moves down to Division IV. Steubenville has won 40 straight games.

6 Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley (8-2) at 3 Canton Cent. Cath. (9-1).

Region 14

8 Elyria Cath. (8-2) at 1 Pemberville Eastwood (9-1)

5 Genoa Area (9-1) at 4 Sparta Highland (9-1)

7 Ottawa-Glandorf (8-2) at 2 Fostoria (8-2) – Fostoria won 21-20 over Ottawa-Glandorf in overtime in Week 1.

6 Oak Harbor (8-2) at 3 Marion Pleasant (9-1).

Region 15

8 Ironton Rock Hill (7-3) at 1 St. Clairsville (10-0)

5 Portsmouth (8-2) at 4 Pataskala Licking Heights (9-1)

7 New Lexington (8-2) at 2 Williamsport Westfall (10-0)

6 Belmont Union Local (9-1) at 3 Waverly (9-1).

Region 16

8 Day. Oakwood (7-3) at 1 Kettering Archbishop Alter (10-0)

5 Coldwater (9-1) at 4 Plain City Jonathan Alder (8-2)

7 Brookville (7-3) at 2 West Milton Milton-Union (9-1) – Brookville defeated Milton-Union 42-36 in Week 7

6 Cin. Wyoming (8-2) at 3 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (9-1) – Clinton-Massie defeated Wyoming 41-21 in a first-round playoff game last year.

DIVISION V

All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, unless noted

Region 17

8 Kirtland (8-2) at 1 N. Lima S. Range (10-0)

5 Vienna Mathews (10-0) at 4 Gates Mills Gilmour Acad. (8-1), Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

7 Bedford Chanel (6-4) vs. 2 Youngs. Ursuline (8-2) at Youngstown State University

6 West Salem Northwestern (9-1) at 3 Apple Creek Waynedale (8-2) – Waynedale downed Northwestern 28-13 in Week 4.

Region 18

8 Liberty Center (7-3) at 1 Patrick Henry (9-1) – Patrick Henry defeated Liberty Center 21-8 in Week 4.

5 Bucyrus Wynford (10-0) vs. 4 Lima Cent. Cath. (9-1) at Lima Senior – This is the other game matching teams ranked in the final ONN/Ohio High Power Poll with Wynford ranked fifth in the state and LCC at No. 9.

7 Archbold (7-3) at 2 Findlay Liberty-Benton (10-0)

6 Defiance Tinora (8-2) at 3 Sherwood Fairview (9-1) – Tinora dealt Fairview its only loss (38-20) in Week 10.

Region 19

8 Belpre (7-3) vs. 1 Cols. Ready (9-1) at Dublin Scioto

5 Minford (8-2) at 4 Johnstown-Monroe (8-2)

7 Fredericktown (8-2) at 2 Lore City Buckeye Trail (10-0)

6 West Lafayette Ridgewood (9-1) at 3 Wheelersburg (7-3).

Region 20

8 Milford Center Fairbanks (9-1) at 1 West Jefferson (10-0)

5 Waynesville (7-3) at 4 West Liberty-Salem (9-1)

7 Casstown Miami E. (8-2) at 2 Maria Stein Marion Local (10-0) – Marion Local won the Division VI state title last year and has moved up to D-V. The Flyers have won 22 straight games going into the playoffs.

6 Cin. Hills Christian Acad. (8-2) at 3 Cin. Deer Park (8-2).

DIVISION VI

All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday

Region 21

8 Leetonia (7-3) at 1 Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (10-0)

5 Columbiana (7-3) at 4 Mogadore (9-1) – Mogadore defeated Columbiana 21-14 in a 2006 regional final.

7 Monroeville (6-4) at 2 Norwalk St. Paul (9-1) – St. Paul defeated Monroeville 21-6 in Week 10.

6 McDonald (8-2) vs. 3 Warren JFK (8-2) at Warren Harding.

Region 22

8 Tol. Christian (8-2) at 1 McComb (9-1)

5 West Unity Hilltop (8-2) at 4 Arlington (8-2)

7 Defiance Ayersville (7-3) at 2 Carey (8-2)

6 Antwerp (7-3) at 3 Ada (6-4).

Region 23

8 Sugar Grove Berne Union (6-4) vs. 1 Newark Cath. (8-2) at Newark White Field

5 Malvern (8-2) at 4 Danville (7-3)

7 Steubenville Cath. Cent. (8-2) at 2 Shadyside (9-1)

6 Beallsville (10-0) at 3 Hannibal River (9-1).

Region 24

8 Portsmouth Notre Dame (6-4) at 1 Covington (10-0)

5 Sidney Lehman Cath. (7-3) at 4 Lockland (7-3)

7 Waynesville-Goshen (8-2) at 2 Springfield Cath. Cent. (10-0)

6 Mechanicsburg (6-4) at 3 Portsmouth Sciotoville Community (10-0).

Also Notable

 Here are some more notables on the OHSAA football playoffs:

 * This year’s field includes 14 first-time playoff participants.

Making their debuts in the playoffs are Arlington, Portsmouth Sciotoville Community, Toledo Christian and West Unity Hilltop in Division VI, Casstown Miami East in Division V, Belmont Union Local, Genoa Area and Pataskala Licking Heights in IV, Mogadore Field in III, Akron Firestone and Cleveland South in II and Hilliard Darby, North Royalton and Perrysburg in Division I.

* Several other schools are back in the postseason for the first time in ages. Groveport-Madison (Division I), Canal Winchester (III) and Belpre (V) had not qualified since 1988.

* Four of last year’s six state champions qualified again this year. They are Piqua, Steubenville, Youngstown Mooney and Maria Stein Marion Local. But Division I state champion Hilliard Davidson and D-V state champion St. Henry did not qualify.

* The state championships are set for Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Stark County. The schedule: Division I, 7 p.m., Dec. 1, Canton Fawcett Stadium; Division II, Nov. 30, 7 p.m., Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium; Division III, Nov. 30, 3 p.m., Canton; Division IV, Dec. 1, 3 p.m., Massillon; Division V, Nov. 30, 11 a.m., Massillon; Division VI, Dec. 1, 11 a.m., Canton.

All games after this weekend will be contested at neutral sites.

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