OHSAA State Football Playoffs Primer

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St. Ignatius throttled rival St. Edward 34-12 Saturday and they will meet again this week in the first round of the playoffs

The Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs open this weekend with 32 teams playing in six separate divisions (192 total schools).

Here is an in-depth look at this week’s match ups.


The Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs open this weekend with 32 teams playing in six separate divisions (192 total schools).

To qualify for the playoffs, teams had to finish in the top eight in their respective regions. There are four regions in each division. This is the 10th year the OHSAA has had 192 playoff qualifiers.

The regional quarterfinals this weekend will be played at the home site of the higher seed in each match-up. The regional semifinals and finals as well as the state semifinals will all be played on neutral fields over the next three weekends.

The state championships will be contested over the weekend of Nov. 28-29 at sites in Stark County (Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium and Canton’s Fawcett Stadium). For the second year, Sports Time Ohio and Time Warner Cable will provide live television coverage of the state finals.

Twelve schools are making their first-ever appearance in the OHSAA playoffs this year. They are: Delaware Hayes (Division I), Cincinnati Woodward (I), Kettering Fairmont (I), Lodi Cloverleaf (II), Mount Orab Western Brown (II), Bexley (III), Pomeroy Meigs (IV), Creston Norwayne (V), Cuyahoga Heights (V), Mount Blanchard Riverdale (VI) and Hamilton New Miami (VI).

Four of the six defending state champions are back in the field this year. Those returning include Cincinnati Anderson (Division II), Sunbury Big Walnut (III), Coldwater (IV) and Maria Stein Marion Local (V). Cincinnati St. Xavier (Division I) and Newark Catholic (VI) failed to qualify for this year’s playoffs.

The final week of the regular season was important for 12 teams that moved from outside the top eight in their region and into the playoffs. The biggest move was Marysville, which went from 12th to seven in Division I Region 3. Massillon Washington, Grove City and Cincinnati Moeller all moved from 11th in their respective regional rankings into the playoffs after the final week of games had been completed.

The toughest region appears to be Division IV Region 16 where there are three 10-0 teams in Coldwater, Clarksville Clinton-Massie and Brookville and another team, Kettering Alter, which went unbeaten but is technically 8-2 after forfeiting two games for using an ineligible player. Brookville and Alter collide in the first round and the winner could meet Clinton-Massie in the regional semifinals.

Four other regions – Division II Region 6, Division II Region 7, Division V Region 18 and Division VI Region 21 – all have three unbeaten teams among their eight-team fields.

Below are the pairings for the regional quarterfinals with notables on some match-ups:

Regional Quarterfinal Pairings

DIVISION I

All games at 7 p.m. Saturday


Region 1

 

(8) Lakewood St. Edward (6-4) vs. (1) Cleveland St. Ignatius (9-1) at Parma’s Byers Field – St. Ignatius won the team’s Week 10 match-up 34-12, giving CSI a 24-21 all-time edge in this series. St. Ignatius has a record nine state playoff titles and is making its 21st traight playoff appearance. This game will be shown live on Sports Time Ohio.

(7) Euclid (7-3) at (2) Strongsville (9-1)

(6) Willoughby South (8-2) at (3) Mentor (8-2)

(5) Brecksville Broadview-Hts. (7-3) vs. (4) Cleveland Glenville (10-0) at Bedford Bearcat Stadium —

Region 2

(8) Massillon Washington (6-4) at (1) North Canton Hoover (9-1)

(7) Canton McKinley (6-4) at (2) Canton GlenOak (8-2) – McKinley has three state playoff titles in its history. McKinley downed GlenOak 24-19 in Week 6.

(6) Macedonia Nordonia (7-3) at (3) Brunswick (9-1)

(5) Amherst Steele (8-2) at (4) Twinsburg (8-2)

Region 3

(8) Grove City (6-4) at (1) Hilliard Davidson (9-1) – Davidson won the 2006 Division I state title. Davidson defeated Grove City 15-0 in Week 3.

(7) Marysville (7-3) at (2) Upper Arlington (9-1)

(6) Delaware Hayes (7-3) at (3) Pickerington Central (10-0)

(5) Worthington Kilbourne (8-2) at (4) Columbus Brookhaven (9-1)

Region 4

(8) Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (6-4) at (1) Cincinnati Colerain (9-1) – Moeller is in the playoffs for the 27th time, but the first under first-year coach John Rodenberg. Moeller has seven state playoff titles, but has not won since 1985. Colerain claimed the 2004 state title. Colerain defeated Moeller 27-7 in the second round last year.

(7) Kettering Fairmont (7-3) at (2) Clayton Northmont (9-1) – Northmont downed Fairmont 16-7 in Week 9.

(6) Centerville (7-3) at (3) Cincinnati Elder (9-1)

(5) Cincinnati Woodward (10-0) at (4) Huber Hts. Wayne (7-3)

DIVISION II

All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday


Region 5

 

(8) Kent Roosevelt (8-2) at (1) Mayfield (9-1)

(7) Madison (7-3) at (2) East Cleveland Shaw (9-0)

(6) Tallmadge (7-3) at (3) Parma Padua Franciscan (8-2)

(5) Akron Hoban (6-4) at (4) Warren Howland (7-3)

Region 6

(8) Powell Olentangy Liberty (7-3) at (1) Toledo Central Catholic (10-0)

(7) Lewis Center Olentangy (7-3) at (2) Sylvania Southview (10-0)

(6) Lodi Cloverleaf (8-2) at (3) Lexington (10-0)

(5) Avon Lake (8-2) at (4) Medina Highland (9-1)

Region 7

(8) Columbus Watterson (5-5) at (1) Columbus DeSales (10-0) – DeSales is in the playoffs for the 15th straight year. DeSales has three state playoff titles. Watterson is in for the ninth time in 10 years and the 14th time in 16 years. DeSales stopped Watterson 21-17.

(7) Columbus Independence (7-3) at (2) Louisville (10-0)

(6) Dublin Jerome (6-4) at (3) Logan (10-0)

(5) Columbus Beechcroft (9-1) at (4) Columbus Marion-Franklin (9-1)

Region 8

(8) Dayton Dunbar (8-2) at (1) Cincinnati Winton Woods (9-1)

(7) Mount Orab Western Brown (10-0) at (2) New Carlisle Tecumseh (10-0) – Rare match-up of unbeatens in opening round.

(6) Trenton Edgewood (8-2) at (3) Cincinnati Anderson (8-2) – Anderson is the defending Division II state champion. This game will be televised live on Sports Time Ohio and will be shown on tape delay on ONN at 10 p.m. Saturday.

(5) Kings Mills Kings (7-3) at (4) Cincinnati Turpin (9-1) – Kings dealt Turpin its only loss (41-10) in Week 7.

DIVISION III

All games at 7 p.m. Saturday


Region 9

 

(8) Mogadore Field (8-2) at (1) Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (7-2) – Walsh Jesuit stopped Field 35-0 in their playoff opener last year.

(7) Chardon Notre Dame Cathedral-Latin (5-5) at (2) Aurora (8-2)

(6) Ravenna (7-3) at (3) Hubbard (8-2)

(5) Chagrin Falls (7-3) at (4) Youngstown Liberty (8-2)

Region 10

(8) Defiance (8-2) at (1) Avon (10-0)

(7) Sunbury Big Walnut (8-2) at (2) Clyde (9-1) – Big Walnut is the defending Division III state champion.

(6) St. Marys Memorial (8-2) at (3) Tipp City Tippecanoe (9-1) – St. Marys Memorial has three state playoff titles.

(5) Tiffin Columbian (8-2) at (4) Bellevue (8-2) – Columbian stopped Bellevue 26-14 in Week 10 at Columbian.

Region 11

(8) New Philadelphia (8-2) at (1) Dover (9-1) – Dover rolled to a 30-7 win at New Philly in Week 10.

(7) Rayland Buckeye Local (7-3) at (2) Newark Licking Valley (9-1) – Licking Valley reached the D-III state title game last year.

(6) Granville (8-2) at (3) Poland Seminary (8-2)

(5) Canal Fulton Northwest (8-2) at (4) Canton South (7-3) – Northwest defeated Canton South 17-14 in Week 5.

Region 12

(8) Franklin (6-4) at (1) Thornville Sheridan (10-0)

(7) Columbus Bexley (7-3) at (2) Circleville Logan Elm (10-0) – Logan Elm is one of the greatest rags-to-riches stories in the history of Ohio high school football. The Braves went from 0-10 last year to 10-0 under first-year coach Scott Bartholomew. Bexley is also a great story as the Lions make their first-ever playoff appearance. The Lions opened 1-3 before winning their last six games to make the playoffs.

(6) Canal Winchester (9-1) at (3) Chillicothe (7-3)

(5) Germantown Valley View (7-3) at (4) Columbus Eastmoor Academy (9-1) – Valley View is in the playoffs for the 15th time in 17 years. Valley View has three state playoff titles.

DIVISION IV

All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday


Region 13

 

(8) Coshocton (9-1) at (1) Steubenville (10-0) – Steubenville is in the playoffs for the 21st time. The Big Red have three state playoff titles, winning the D-III title most recently in 2006.

(7) Leavittburg LaBrae (9-1) at Massillon Tuslaw (9-1) – LaBrae is back in the playoffs for the first time in 25 years, the longest drought of any playoff qualifier. This game will be carried with a live audio webcast on www.pressboxproductions.net

(6) Wooster Triway (8-2) at (3) Perry (9-1)

(5) Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (9-1) vs. (4) Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (8-2) at Youngstown State University’s Stambaugh Stadium – Mooney is in the playoffs for the 22nd time. The Cardinals have six state playoff titles, winning most recently in 2006 and finishing as the state runner-up last year.

Region 14

(8) Sparta Highland (6-4) at (1) Fostoria (9-1)

(7) Ottawa-Glandorf (6-4) at (2) Lorain Clearview (10-0)

(6) Pemberville Eastwood (8-2) at (3) Marion Pleasant (9-1) – Pleasant is in the playoffs for the ninth straight year and has three state titles. Pleasant defeated Eastwood 21-12 in a regional final last year.

(5) Huron (8-2) at (4) Genoa Area (10-0)

Region 15

(8) Columbus Hartley (6-3) at (1) Martins Ferry (9-1)

(7) Pomeroy Meigs (8-2) at (2) New Lexington (9-1)

(6) Williamsport Westfall (8-2) at (3) Ironton (7-3) – Ironton is in the playoffs for the 26th time.

(5) St. Clairsville (7-3) at (4) Belmont Union Local (9-1) – Union Local defeated St. Clairsville 28-14 in Week 3.

Region 16

(8) Cincinnati North College Hill (7-3) at (1) Coldwater (10-0) – Coldwater, the defending Division IV state champion, is in the playoffs for the 12th straight year. Coldwater has the state’s longest winning streak at 23 straight games.

(7) Hamilton Badin (7-3) at (2) Clarksville Clinton-Massie (10-0)

(6) Kettering Alter (8-2) at (3) Brookville (10-0)

(5) Dayton Oakwood (7-3) at (4) Plain City Jonathan Alder (8-2)

DIVISION V

All games at 7 p.m. Saturday

Region 17

(8) Cuyahoga Heights (9-1) vs. (1) Youngstown Ursuline (10-0) at Youngstown State University’s Stambaugh Stadium

(7) Apple Creek Waynedale (8-2) at (2) Columbiana Crestview (9-1)

(6) North Lima South Range (8-2) at (3) Kirtland (10-0) – South Range defeated Kirtland 45-23 in the first round last year.

(5) Creston Norwayne (8-2) at (4) Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (9-1)

Region 18

(8) Ashland Crestview (9-1) at (1) Hamler Patrick Henry (10-0)

(7) Delphos Jefferson (9-1) at (2) Findlay Liberty-Benton (10-0)

(6) Archbold (8-2) at (3) Liberty Center (9-1) – Liberty Center defeated Archbold 21-14 in Week 10 at Liberty Center.

(5) Bucyrus Wynford (10-0) at (4) Sherwood Fairview (9-1)

Region 19

(8) West Lafayette Ridgewood (8-2) at (1) Portsmouth West (10-0)

(7) Minford (8-2) at (2) Wheelersburg (9-1) – Wheelersburg is in the playoffs for the 21st time.

(6) Baltimore Liberty Union (9-1) at (3) Nelsonville-York (8-2)

(5) Columbus Ready (6-2) at (4) Johnstown-Monroe (8-2) – Ready defeated Johnstown 35-14 in the second round last year.

Region 20

(8) Lees Creek East Clinton (7-3) at (1) Cincinnati Hills Christian Acad. (10-0)

(7) Maria Stein Marion Local (8-2) at (2) Anna (9-1) – Marion Local is the defending state champion and has four state playoff titles. Anna defeated Marion Local 16-6 in Week 10 at Anna.

(6) West Liberty-Salem (9-1) at (3) Waynesville (8-2) – West Liberty-Salem stopped Waynesville 45-21 in a first-round playoff game last year.

(5) Casstown Miami East (9-1) at (4) West Jefferson (8-2)

DIVISION VI

All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 21

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

(7) East Canton (7-3) at (2) Norwalk St. Paul (10-0)

(6) Berlin Center Western Reserve (8-2) at (3) McDonald (10-0) – McDonald defeated Western Reserve 47-6 in Week 7.

(5) Leetonia (8-2) at (4) Mogadore (9-1) – Mogadore has three state playoff titles.

Region 22

(8) West Unity Hilltop (8-2) at (1) Ada (10-0)

(7) McComb (7-3) at (2) Carey (9-1)

(6) Arlington (7-3) at (3) Delphos St. John’s (8-2) – St. John’s has four state playoff titles, winning most recently in 2005.

(5) Mount Blanchard Riverdale (8-2) at (4) Pandora-Gilboa (9-1)

Region 23

(8) Zanesville Rosecrans (6-4) at (1) Hannibal River (10-0)

(7) Bridgeport (6-4) at (2) Malvern (10-0)

(6) Beallsville (9-1) at (3) Shadyside (8-2)

(5) Caldwell (8-2) at (4) Glouster Trimble (8-2)

Region 24

(8) Hamilton New Miami (7-3) at (1) Mechanicsburg (10-0)

(7) Ansonia (7-3) at (2) Sidney Lehman (8-1)

(6) Springfield Catholic Central (7-3) at (3) Portsmouth Sciotoville Community (9-1)

(5) Lockland (7-3) at (4) Covington (8-2)

Still Unbeaten

No fewer than 36 Ohio high school teams wrapped up the regular season unbeaten. Here is a division-by-division look at the teams with their region number in parentheses (all teams 10-0 unless noted).

* Division I (3 teams) — Cleveland Glenville (1), Pickerington Central (3), Cincinnati Woodward (4).

* Division II (9 teams) — East Cleveland Shaw (9-0, 5), Toledo Central Catholic (6), Lexington (6), Sylvania Southview (6), Columbus DeSales (7), Louisville (7), Logan (7), New Carlisle Tecumseh (8), Mount Orab Western Brown (8).

* Division III (3 teams) — Avon (10), Thornville Sheridan (12), Circleville Logan Elm (12).

* Division IV (7 teams) — Steubenville (13), Lorain Clearview (14), Genoa Area (14), Coldwater (16), Clarksville Clinton-Massie (16), Brookville (16), Kettering Alter (8-2 because of forfeits, 16).

* Division V (7 teams) — Youngstown Ursuline (17), Kirtland (17), Hamler Patrick Henry (18), Findlay Liberty-Benton (18), Bucyrus Wynford (18), West Portsmouth Portsmouth West (19), Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (20).

* Division VI (7 teams) — Norwalk St. Paul (21), Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (21), McDonald (21), Ada (22), Hannibal River (23), Malvern (23), Mechanicsburg (24).

More Links

Here is Eric Frantz’s Ohio Week 10 roundup from JJHuddle.com: http://www.jjhuddle.com/news/articles/2008/10/27/friday-night-highlights-steubenville-reaches-700-win-mark-in-week-10

Here is the updated ONN/Ohio High Power Poll from JJHuddle.com: http://www.jjhuddle.com/news/articles/2008/10/27/ohio-high-onn-high-school-final-football-power-poll

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