with the Divisions II, III and V regional finals. Saturday,
Divisions I, IV and VI follow. Below we take a look at everything you
need to know before heading out to the games. Consider this the
ultimate fans guide to the football postseason. News, notes and nuggets. Enjoy.
The 36th annual OHSAA Football Tournaments/Playoffs continue tonight with the Divisions II, III and V regional finals. Saturday, Divisions I, IV and VI follow. Below we take a look at everything you need to know before heading out to the games. Consider this the ultimate fans guide to the football postseason. Buckle up – and this weekend bundle up.
WHAT: 36th Annual OHSAA Football Tournaments (Regional Semifinals/Second Round)
WHEN/WHERE: Friday, Nov. 16-Divisions II, III and V; Saturday, Nov. 17-Divisions I, IV and VI; All games at neutral sites.
TIMES: Games on Friday begin at 7:30; games on Saturday begin at 7:00.
FORMAT: Eight teams remain in the tournaments in each of the six divisions (96 total schools) following action last week in the first round (regional quarterfinals). Thirty-two teams in six divisions (192 total schools) originally qualified for the tournaments, with selections based on the OHSAA Football Computer Rankings. To qualify for the tournaments, schools must have finished first through eighth in their assigned region.
ADMISSION: $6.00 per person presale; $8.00 per person at the gate.
NINTH YEAR WITH 192 QUALIFIERS: This is the ninth year that the OHSAA football tournament field consists of 192 total qualifiers. Each of the 24 regions has qualified eight teams to the tournaments, which consist of five rounds. The first round is the regional quarterfinals, and teams that finish first through fourth in their regions in the final OHSAA computer rankings serve as hosts. Teams may choose an alternate site to host first-round games and do not need approval from the OHSAA to do so. In bracket order, team 1 will host team 8, team 4 will host team 5, team 2 will host team 7 and team 3 will host team 6. The HSAA will designate neutral sites for regional semifinal, regional final and state semifinal games, and no rebracketing will occur until the state semifinals.
DEFENDING STATE CHAMPS: D-I Hilliard Davidson – Wildcats did not qualify for the tournament. Finished 7-3 and No. 10 in Region 3 computer points; D-II Piqua – Indians beat Toledo Central Catholic in Region 6 quarterfinal and lost to Sylvania Southview in the regional semifinals; D-III Steubenville – Big Red are now in D-IV and beat Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Region 14 quarterfinal and Canton Central Catholic in semis. Now face Youngstown Cardinal Mooney in regional final; D-IV Youngstown Cardinal Mooney – Cards beat Coschocton in Region 14 quarterfinal and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in semis. Now face Steubenville in regional final; D-V St. Henry – Redskins did not qualify for the tournament. St. Henry finished 6-4 and No. 13 in Region 20 computer points; D-VI – Marion Local – Flyers bumped up to D-V and have recorded back-to-back shutouts over Casstown Miami East and Cincinnati Deer Park in Region 20 quarterfinal and semis, respectively. Now face West Jefferson in regional final.
FOOTBALL SCHOOLS: There were 715 football-playing schools this year. The division breakdowns are: Division I: 115 schools (enrollments of 524 or more); Division II: 120 schools (enrollments between 365 and 523); Division III: 119 schools (enrollments between 257 and 364); Division IV: 119 schools (enrollments between 187 and 256); Division V: 121 schools (enrollments between 131 and 186); and Division VI: 121 schools (enrollments of 130 or less). Divisions are based on enrollments of males in grades 9 through 11 as reported to the State Department of Education in October 2006.
STATE FOOTBALL FINALS TICKET BOOKS ON SALE: Ticket books for all six state football championship games are currently on sale through the Canton/Stark County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. The state football finals are November 30 and December 1 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton and Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon. Tickets can be ordered on-line at www.ohsaafbfinals.com. Ticket books are $42.00 for the six games. Also available prepaid two-day parkings passes for $10.00, prepaid two-day motorhome parking passes for $20.00 and state tournament souvenir programs for $4.00 (a savings of $1.00 from the price at the games). Priority seating will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a $3.00 ticket precessing fee per order and a $2.00 postage fee per order. For addition information, contact the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau at 1-800-533-4302 or 330-454-1439. Orders must be postmarked by Nov. 16, and single game tickets are not available.
FIRST-TIME PARTICIPANTS: There are 14 schools that are making their first appearance in the OHSAA football tournaments this year (there were 10 in 2006, 12 in 2005, 16 in 2004, 12 in 2003, 21 in 2002, 17 in 2001, 26 in 2000 and 32 in 1999). The first-time participants are: Division I (3): Hilliard Darby, North Royalton, Perrysburg; Division II (2): Akron Firestone, Cleveland South; Division III (1): Mogadore Field; Division IV (3): Belmont Union Local, Genoa Area, Pataskala Licking Heights; Division V (1): Casstown Miami East; Division VI (4): Arlington, Portsmouth Sciotoville Community, Toledo Christian, West Unity Hilltop.
NO. 1 SEEDS GO UNDEFEATED: For the first time since expansion occurred in 1999, the No. 1 seeds sported a 24-0 mark against the No. 8 seeds in the regional quarterfinals last week. The previous best record was 23-1 in 2005. In addition, the 74 wins by the higher seeds are the most in the regional quarterfinals (74-22 overalll record). In 2003 the higher seeds went 73-23.
REPEAT QUALIFIERS FROM 2007: Of the 192 schools that qualified for the OHSAA football tournaments, 113 also qualified in 2006. The number of schools by division that have again qualified in 2006 is as follows: Division I: 19; Division II: 18; Division III: 18; Division IV: 21; Division V: 19, and Division VI: 18.
WELCOME BACK: Several schools in this year’s tournament have had long droughts since their last post-season showing. In Division I, Groveport-Madison last appeared in 1988; in Division III, Canal Winchester last appeared in 1988 and Goshen last appeared in 1993; in Division V, Belpre last appeared in 1988; and in Division VI, Lockland last appeared in 1993 and Sugar Grove Berne Union last appeared in 1994.
FIRST-TIME TOURNAMENT WINNERS: There were 12 schools that garnered their first-ever wins in the OHSAA football tournaments during the 2007 regional quarterfinals: Groveport-Madison and Hilliard Darby in Division I; Dresden Tri-Valley and Parma Normandy in Division II; Canal Winchester, Circleville and Rocky River in Division III; Genoa Area and Pataskala Licking Heights in Division IV; Cincinnati Deer Park in Division V, and Ada and Arlington in Division VI
RESPECT YOUR ELDERS: There are seven schools that are making at least their 20th appearance in the OHSAA football tournaments: Division I (2): Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller-26th; Cleveland St. Ignatius-20th; Division IV (2): Steubenville-20th; Youngstown Cardinal Mooney-21st; Division V (1): Wheelersburg-20th; Division VI (2): Mogadore-21st, Newark Catholic-30th.
MOST TOURNAMENT WINS: Twelve schools in the tournaments have at least 25 OHSAA tourney victories: Newark Catholic (57-22, Div. VI); Cleveland St. Ignatius (50-10, Div. I); Mogadore (40-17, Div. VI); Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (39-14, Div. IV); Columbus St. Francis DeSales (38-14, Div. II); Steubenville (36-16, Div. IV); Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (33-18, Div. I); Germantown Valley View (30-10, Div. III); Maria Stein Marion Local (26-6, Div. V); Coldwater (26-11, Div. IV); Mentor Lake Catholic (25-12, Div. III); Warren John F. Kennedy (25-15, Div. VI).
FORMER STATE CHAMPS: Forty-two former state champions have qualified for this year’s tournaments, accounting for 97 total championships. The number of state championships won and the schools are: (9 titles/1 school)— Cleveland St. Ignatius; (7 titles/2 schools)—Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, Newark Catholic; (6 titles/2 schools)—St. Henry, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney; (4 titles/1 school)—Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary; (3 titles/9 schools)—Cincinnati Princeton, Columbus St. Francis DeSales, Elyria Catholic, Germantown Valley View, Maria Stein Marion Local, Marion Pleasant, Mentor Lake Catholic, Mogadore, Steubenville; (2 titles/4 schools)—Canton Central Catholic, Cincinnati Elder, Fostoria, West Jefferson; (1 title/23 schools)—Archbold, Avon Lake, Bedford St. Peter Chanel, Beloit West Branch, Carey, Cincinnati Colerain, Cincinnati St. Xavier, Cincinnati Wyoming, Columbus Brookhaven, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit, Clyde, Coldwater, Columbus Bishop Ready, Liberty Center, McComb, Patrick Henry, Poland Seminary, Steubenville Catholic Central, Toledo Central Catholic, Upper Arlington, Warren John F. Kennedy, Wheelersburg, Youngstown Ursuline.
UNDEFEATED SCHOOLS: Twenty-nine schools finished the regular season undefeated this year, and all qualified for the tournaments. The undefeated schools are as follows (all are 10-0): Division I (5): Brunswick, Cincinnati Colerain, Cincinnati St. Xavier, Dublin Coffman, Pickerington Central; Division II (4): Avon Lake, Cincinnati Turpin, Columbus St. Francis DeSales, Warren Howland; Division III (3): Canal Fulton Northwest, Rocky River, Tipp City Tippecanoe; Division IV (5): Kettering Archbishop Alter, St. Clairsville, Steubenville, Williamsport Westfall, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney; Division V (7): Bucyrus Wynford, Findlay Liberty-Benton, Lore City Buckeye Trail, Maria Stein MarioN Local, North Lima South Range, Vienna Mathews, West Jefferson; Division VI (5): Bascom Hopewell-Loudon, Beallsville, Covington, Portsmouth Sciotoville Community, Springfield Catholic Central.
CONSECUTIVE SHOWINGS: Teams in this year’s tournament with the most consecutive tournament appearances are Cleveland St. Ignatius (20th consecutive), Columbus St. Francis DeSales (14th consecutive) and Coldwater and Newark Catholic (both with their 11th consecutive)
CHAMPIONSHIPS BY REGIONAL FINISH: When the OHSAA tournament had four qualifiers per region between 1985 and 1998, 75 state champions were crowned. Of those 75 champions, 48 finished first in their region in the final OHSAA computer rankings, 16 finished second, seven finished third and four finished fourth. During the past eight years (after the expansion to eight qualifiers per region) there have been 48 champions, and 21 of those schools finished first in their region, 13 finished second, five finished third, three finished fourth, two finished fifth, one finished sixth, two finished seventh and one finished eighth. 2001 marked the first time a school that finished lower than fourth in its region won a state championship (Division III, Mentor Lake Catholic, fifth; Division I Cleveland St. Ignatius, seventh), while St. Henry became the first eighth-seed to win a state championship in 2004 (Division V).
HOW THE SEEDS HAVE FARED: During the 2006 tournaments, the higher-seeded teams held a 113-68-5 lead over the lower seeds (62.1 percent). During the 2005 Tournaments, the higher-seeded teams held a 123-57-6 (.677) lead; in 2004, the higher seeded teams held a 112-70-4 (.613) lead; in 2003, the margin was 126-58-2 (.683); in 2002 it was 129-55-2 (.699); in 2001 it was 118-66-2 (.640); in 2000 it was 128-52-6 (.704), and in 1999 it was 113-70-3 (.616).
THE OHIO HIGH/ONN POWER POLL: The 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).
All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday unless noted
Region 1: 1 Mentor (9-2) vs. 7 Cleve. Glenville (10-2) at Lakewood Stadium – These two teams met twice last year with Mentor winning each time (15-13 in the regular season and 29-19 in the regional semifinals). Glenville features WE-DB Cordale Scott. Mentor is ranked No. 8 in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll.
Region 2: 1 Brunswick (12-0) vs. 2 N. Canton Hoover (10-2) at Parma Byers Field – Brunswick is ranked No. 4 in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll.
Region 3: 1 Hilliard Darby (11-1) vs. 3 Dublin Coffman (12-0) at Upper Arlington Moorehead Stadium – Coffman features OSU verbal commitments OL Mike Adams and WR Jake Stoneburner. Coffman is ranked third in the state in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll, while Darby is No. 10.
8 p.m. Friday
Region 4: 1 Cin. St. Xavier (12-0) vs. 2 Cin. Colerain (12-0) at University of Cincinnati Nippert Stadium – These two teams have met in the playoffs the last two years. St. X won 12-9 in overtime in the regional semifinals in 2005, while Colerain returned the favor with a 24-7 win a regional final last year.
St. X is ranked No. 1 in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll, while Colerain is No. 2. This game will be televised on tape delay by ONN at 10 p.m. and on Sports Time Ohio at 11 p.m. It will also be carried on a live audio webcast on PressBoxProductions.net.
All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday
Region 5: 5 Mayfield (9-3) vs. 3 Parma Normandy (10-2) at Bedford Stewart Field at Bearcat Stadium – This game will be televised live by Sports Time Ohio. Parma Normandy is ranked 10th in the state in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll.
Region 6: 4 Ashland (11-1) vs. 2 Sylvania Southview (11-1) at Fremont Ross Paul Brown Stadium – Ashland downed Southview 47-34 in a regional quarterfinal match-up last year.
Region 7: 1 Cols. DeSales (12-0) vs. 2 Louisville (10-2) at Lexington High School Stadium – DeSales is ranked No. 1 in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll, while Louisville is No. 8.
Region 8: 1 Cin. Turpin (12-0) vs. 2 Cin. Anderson (10-2) at Cin. Princeton Mancuso Field in Viking Stadium – Turpin is ranked No. 2 in the state in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll.
All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday
Region 9: 5 Cortland Lakeview (10-2) vs. Mentor Lake Cath. (8-4) at Solon Stewart Field.
Region 10: 1 Sunbury Big Walnut (11-1) vs. 6 Clyde (11-1) at Tiffin Columbian National Field at Frost-Kalnow Stadium – Clyde is ranked No. 7 in the state in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll, while Big Walnut is No. 10.
Region 11: 1 Canal Fulton Northwest (12-0) vs. 2 Newark Licking Valley (11-1) at New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium – Licking Valley features OSU verbal junior RB-LB Storm Klein. Northwest is ranked No. 1 in the state in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll, while Licking Valley is No. 2.
Region 12: 1 Cin. Indian Hill (10-2) vs. 6 Monroe (10-2) at Kings Mills Stadium.
All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday
Region 13: 1 Youngs. Mooney (12-0) vs. 2 Steubenville (12-0) at Canton Fawcett Stadium – This is the match-up everybody has awaited since the day Steubenville, the reigning Division III state champion, dropped down to Division IV. Steubenville has won 42 straight games, while Mooney – the defending D-IV state champion – has won 26 straight. Mooney is ranked No. 1 in the state in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll, while Steubenville is No. 3.
There are reports that Mooney will be without Notre Dame verbal and Mr. Football candidate QB-DB Danny McCarthy due to a neck injury. This game will be televised live by Sports Time Ohio. It will also be carried on a live audio webcast on PressBoxProductions.net.
Region 14: 1 Pemberville Eastwood (11-1) vs. 3 Marion Pleasant (11-1) at Findlay Donnell Stadium. This game will be carried on a live audio webcast on PressBoxProductions.net. Pleasant is ranked eighth in the state in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll.
Region 15: 1 St. Clairsville (12-0) vs. 2 Williamsport Westfall (12-0) at Gahanna Lincoln Stadium – Westfall is No. 4 in the state in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll, while St. Clairsville is No. 6. Westfall is attempting to become the first school in history from Pickaway County to make the state semifinals in football.
Region 16: 5 Coldwater (11-1) vs. 3 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (11-1) at Dayton Welcome Stadium – Coldwater is ranked seventh in the state in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll.
All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday
Region 17: 1 N. Lima S. Range (12-0) vs. 2 Youngs. Ursuline (10-2) at Autstintown-Fitch Falcon Stadium – South Range is rated No. 2 in the state in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll, while Ursuline is No. 8.
Region 18: 1 Patrick Henry (10-1) vs. 2 Findlay Liberty Benton (12-0) at Findlay Donnell Stadium – Liberty Benton is No. 3 in in the state in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll, while Patrick Henry is No. 10.
Region 19: 1 Cols. Ready (11-1) vs. 7 Fredericktown (10-2) at Lewis Center Olentangy Braves Field – Ready is rated sixth in the state in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll.
Region 20: 1 West Jefferson (12-0) vs. 2 Maria Stein Marion Local (12-0) at Troy Memorial Stadium – Marion Local moved up to Division V after winning the D-VI state title a year ago. The Flyers have won 24 straight games. Marion Local is ranked No. 1 in the state in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll, while West Jefferson is No. 4.
All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday
Region 21: 1 Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (12-0) vs. 2 Norwalk St. Paul (11-1) at Tiffin Columbian National Field at Frost-Kalnow Stadium – Norwalk St. Paul defeated Hopewell-Loudon 29-28 in a regional final last year. Hopewell-Loudon is ranked No. 2 in the state in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll, while St. Paul is No. 4.
Region 22: 4 Arlington (10-2) vs. 3 Ada (8-4) at Lima Senior Stadium.
Region 23: 1 Newark Cath. (10-2) vs. 2 Shadyside (11-1) at New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium – Shadyside is No. 6 in the state in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll, while Newark Catholic is No. 9.
Region 24: 5 Sidney Lehman (9-3) vs. 2 Springfield Cath. Cent. (12-0) at Piqua Alexander Stadium/Purk Field – SCC defeated Sidney Lehman 24-21 in a regional quarterfinal last year. SCC is ranked No. 1 in the state in the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll.