Southeast Ohio teams prepare for playoffs; New faces, old ones in field


Logan Elm and Westfall will both be looking for extended playoff runs. (Photo by Gary Wright)

Several familiar faces prepare to make their annual trip to Week 11, however, there are several new teams joining the playoff party. Here is a look at the road the
southeast elite will have to travel to reach thier goals of regional and state titles.

Several familiar faces prepare to make their annual trip to Week 11; however, there are several new teams joining the playoff party. Portsmouth West, Logan Elm, Logan, and Westfall all have conference titles in their pocket and they now have their eyes set on a regional title and a trip to the final four. Here is a look at the road the southeast elite will have to travel to reach that goal.

Division-II, Region 7
The southeast does not have many big schools in its part of the Buckeye State; however, Logan takes a perfect 10-0 mark into the postseason. The Chieftains beat Chillicothe 22-13 in Week 10 to complete their SEOAL championship and earn a three-seed in the playoffs. Logan will host Dublin Jerome. Jerome enters with a 6-4 record.

Division-III, Region 12
In a Week 10 battle of the unbeatens, Logan Elm beat Canal Winchester 16-13 in overtime to take the Mid-State League title and capture the No. 2 seed. The Braves will host seven-seed Bexley while Canal will travel to Chillicothe. If Logan Elm is able to hold serve at home this week that could make for an interesting southeast battle in the semifinals with Chillicothe or possibly a rematch with Canal.

Division-IV, Region 15
Scott Keller’s Westfall Mustangs enter the postseason looking to defend their regional crown from a year ago; however, they will have to start that title defense on the road. Westfall, a No. 6 seed, travels to Ironton to take on the 7-3 Tigers. Ironton has lost to Wheelersburg, Logan, and Chillicothe – all hosting, playoff teams.

Also in this region from southeast is Pomeroy Meigs from the Tri Valley Conference’s Ohio Division. The Marauders sneak in as the No. 7 seed and they will travel to New Lexington. If Meigs could win, that would setup an all southeast semifinal with the winner to the Westfall and Ironton winner.

Division-V, Region 19
The story in this region is the Southern Ohio Conference. Portsmouth West and Wheelersburg both entered Week 10 at 9-0 as they met for the conference title and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. West defeated the ‘Burg 14-7 to complete the perfect season and take the top spot in the postseason bracket. Portsmouth West will host No. 8 seed West Lafayette Ridgewood. An interesting southeast side note: Late Friday night, it looked like Scioto Valley Conference member Bainbridge Paint Valley would be making the trip to Portsmouth West in Week 11; however, two scores from Saturday night lifted Ridgewood over the Bearcats to earn them the eighth spot and drop Paint Valley to ninth.

The Week 10 loss dropped Wheelersburg to the two-seed. The Pirates will welcome another SOC team in Minford for this week’s quarterfinal match-up. Minford jumped from the No. 10 seed to the No. 7 seed in the final weekend with a 10-7 win over Lucasville Valley. In Week 6, Minford visited Wheelersburg and played the Pirates tough losing just 14-7.

The final southeast team in Region 19 is TVC Ohio Division champion the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes. The brown and orange enter with an 8-2 mark as the No. 3 seed. They will host Liberty Union in Week 11.

Division-VI, Region 23
Trimble, a member of the Hocking Division in the TVC, earned a No. 4 seed and will host Caldwell this week. The Tomcats, who enter at 8-2, would most likely face top-seeded Hannibal River in the second round if Trimble is able to win this week.

Division-VI, Region 24
Sciotoville Community School in Portsmouth – still remembered by many around the state as Portsmouth East – continues their solid football tradition with another postseason appearance in 2008. The Tartans finished the season at 9-1 and are the No. 3 seed in Region 24. Sciotoville will host Springfield Catholic Central in Week 11.

Portsmouth Notre Dame had an outside shot at the postseason entering Week 10; however, it was Sciotoville beating the Titans 40-6 to drop Notre Dame to 6-4 and out of the top eight.

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