The OHSAA state football playoffs roll into the regional semifinals
next weekend. The field has been cut to 96 and 48 more will go home
after Friday and Saturday. Here’s what you need to know – including game times and locales – for the Round of Sixteen.
The OHSAA state football playoffs roll into the regional semifinals next weekend. The field has been cut to 96 and 48 more will go home after Friday and Saturday.
Here’s what you need to know – including game times and locales – for the Round of Sixteen.
Congratulations to Winton Woods (0-4 playoff record heading into this year), Madison (0-5), Circleville Logan Elm (0-3), Columbus Marion-Franklin (0-4), Union Local (0-1), Malvern (0-4), Kirtland (0-4) and Waynesville (0-3) which all shed the monkey off their back and captured their school’s first playoff win.
First Time Unkind
The 12 schools that made their playoff debuts in the regional quarterfinals went a combined 0-12. Kettering Fairmont was the closest, losing 28-27 to Clayton Northmont in D-I, Region 4.
There were five rematches from Week 10 games in Week 11 and for the most part, the team that won the first time, won again. Cleveland St. Ignatius, Dover and Tiffin Columbian beat Lakewood St. Edward, New Philadelphia and Bellevue again, while Maria Stein Marion Local and Archbold turned the tables on Anna and Liberty Center, respectively.
Five Games You Don’t Want To Miss
1. Cardinal Mooney vs Steubenville (D-IV, Region 13): A rematch of last year’s regional final in which Mooney ended Steubenville’s bid for a third straight state title and 42-game win streak. The Big Red have payback on their mind.
2. Cleveland St. Ignatius vs Cleveland Glenville (D-I, Region 1): A rematch of the season opener that Glenville won on a last second field goal (20-17). Ignatius hasn’t lost since and Glenville hasn’t lost at all. Few teams have Ignatius’s number, but Glenville is 4-1 against the Wildcats all-time and 3-1 in the playoffs.
3. Dover and Canton South (D-III, Region 11): Dover gets a chance to avenge its only loss of the season, a 26-17 setback to South in the season opener. It’s the only time the Tornados have failed to score 30 or more points all season.
4. Sidney Lehman Catholic vs Springfield Catholic Central (D-VI, Region 24): A rematch of last year’s regional final that SCC dominated 48-14. You can bet Lehman remembers that night.
5. Upper Arlington vs Pickerington Central (D-I, Region 3): The Golden Bears lost to Central in the season opener and haven’t lost since. Central hasn’t lost at all.
Undefeateds Meeting In Regional Semis
1. Louisville vs Logan (D-II, Region 7)
2. Sylvania Southview vs Lexington (D-II, Region 6)
3. Patrick Henry vs Bucyrus Wynford (D-V, Region 18)
4. Norwalk St. Paul vs McDonald (D-VI, Region 21)
Eight Over One
Powell Olentangy Liberty knocked off No. 1 seed Toledo Central Catholic 34-7 in the D-II, Region 6 quarterfinals. Liberty was the only No. 8 seed to win on the first weekend. They draw Medina Highland in the second round.
They Did What?
The following players came through with huge performances for their teams in Week 11.
Erick Howard, North Canton Hoover: Junior RB ran for 200 yards and two TDs on 39 carries in a 14-7 win over Massillon Washington in a D-I, Region 2 quarterfinal.
Tyon Dixon, Colerain: Senior LB returned a fumble 88 yards for the winning TD in Cardinals 17-10 win over Cincinnati Moeller in a D-I, Region 4 quarterfinal. Dixon’s return came with 7:23 left in the fourth quarter and Moeller knocking on the door, looking for the lead.
Tyler Fortner, Tallmadge: Senior RB ran for 263 yards and three TDs on 35 carries in a 30-17 win over Parma Padua Franciscan in a D-II, Region 6 quarterfinal. He also returned a kickoff 88 yards for a TD. The performance enabled Fortner to set the school’s single-season rushing record with 2,309 yards.
Perry Plowing Competition
Thanks to a 41-7 win over Wooster Triway in a D-IV, Region 13 quarterfinal, the Pirates have won their last seven games by an average of 24 points. Senior RB Mike Hanhauser scored four TDs in the game, giving him 35 for the season, while the Perry defense intercepted five passes and returned two for TDs. The Pirates now have 28 interceptions on the season.
Winton Woods Makes History
Winton Woods earned its first playoff victory as a school and the first for its district since Forest Park and Greenhills high schools merged in 1991. The Warriors beat Dayton Dunbar 58-12 in a D-II, Region 8 quarterfinal.
Louisville Now 11-11 In 11 Trips
The Leopards, who finished runner-up in D-II least season, beat Columbus Independence 60-24 in a Region 7 quarterfinal. Louisville led 53-18 at half. Senior RB Dane Mathie ran for 200 yards and four TDs on 22 carries, while senior QB Neal Seaman completed 16-of-18 passes for 315 yards and three TDs. The Leopards are now 11-11 in 11 playoff trips.
Glenville committed five turnovers in the first 29 minutes of its D-I, Region 1 quarterfinal with Brecksville Broadview Heights, but still managed a convincing 35-8 win.
Columbus Marion-Franklin beat Columbus Beechcroft 34-28 in double-overtime in a D-II, Region 7 quarterfinal. Beechcroft had allowed just 32 points all season.
In its quest to win two state titles in the same season for the fourth straight year, the Midwest Athletic Conference went 3-1 on the opening weekend. Coldwater (D-IV), Marion Local (D-V) and Delphos St. John’s beat their first round opponents by the combined score of 79-10. Anna, the only MAC team to lose in the first round, lost to Marion Local (13-3).
REGIONAL SEMIFINAL PAIRINGS AND LOCATIONS
Division I – All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday Unless Otherwise Noted
1 Cleveland St. Ignatius (10-1) vs. 4 Cleveland Glenville (11-0), Lakewood Stadium* *Game starts at 7:30 p.m. to accomodate STO coverage
2 Strongsville (10-1) vs. 3 Mentor (9-2), Parma Byers Field
1 North Canton Hoover (10-1) vs. 4 Twinsburg (9-2), Canton Fawcett Stadium
2 Canton GlenOak (9-2) vs. 3 Brunswick (10-1), Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
1 Hilliard Davidson (10-1) vs. 5 Worthington Kilbourne (9-2), Dublin Coffman Stadium
2 Upper Arlington (10-1) vs. 3 Pickerington Central (11-0), Gahanna Lincoln Stadium
1 Cincinnati Colerain (10-1) vs. 4 Huber Heights Wayne (8-3), Nippert Stadium (3 p.m.)
2 Clayton Northmont (10-1) vs. 3 Cincinnati Elder (10-1), Nippert Stadium (7 p.m.)
Division II – All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday Unless Otherwise Noted
1 Mayfield (10-1) vs. 5 Akron Archbishop Hoban (7-4), Solon Stewart Field
6 Tallmadge (8-3) vs. 7 Madison (8-3), Bedford Stewart Field at Bearcat Stadium
4 Medina Highland (10-1) vs. 8 Powell Olentangy Liberty (8-3), Ashland Community Stadium
2 Sylvania Southview (11-0) vs. 3 Lexington (11-0), Tiffin Frost-Kalnow Stadium
1 Columbus St. Francis DeSales (11-0) vs. 4 Columbus Marion-Franklin (10-1), Dublin Scioto Stadium
2 Louisville (11-0) vs. 3 Logan (11-0), Zanesville John D. Sulsberger Memorial Stadium
1 Cincinnati Winton Woods (10-1) vs. 5 Kings Mills Kings (8-3), Princeton Mancuso Field
2 New Carlisle Tecumseh (11-0) vs. 3 Cincinnati Anderson (9-2), Centerville Stadium
Division III – All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday Unless Otherwise Noted
1 Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (8-2) vs. 5 Chagrin Falls (8-3), Solon Stewart Field
2 Aurora (9-2) vs. 3 Hubbard (9-2), Warren Mollenkopf Stadium
1 Avon (11-0) vs. 5 Tiffin Columbian (9-2), Kalahari Field at Huron Memorial Stadium
6 St. Marys Memorial (9-2) vs. 7 Sunbury Big Walnut (9-2), Indian Lake Stadium
1 Dover (10-1) vs. 4 Canton South (8-3), Canton Central Catholic Lowell Klinefelter Field
2 Newark Licking Valley (10-1) vs. 3 Poland Seminary (9-2), New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium
1 Thornville Sheridan (11-0) vs. 4 Columbus Eastmoor Academy (10-1), DeSales Alumni Stadium
2 Circleville Logan Elm (11-0) vs. 3 Chillicothe (8-3), Teays Valley Viking Stadium
Division IV – All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday Unless Otherwise Noted
1 Steubenville (11-0) vs. 4 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (9-2), Canton Fawcett Stadium
2 Massillon Tuslaw (10-1) vs. 3 Perry (10-1), Twinsburg Tiger Stadium
1 Fostoria (10-1) vs. 4 Genoa Area (11-0), Fremont Don Paul Stadium at Harmon Field
3 Marion Pleasant (10-1) vs. 7 Ottawa-Glandorf (7-4), Findlay Donnell Stadium
1 Martins Ferry (10-1) vs. 4 Belmont Union Local (10-1), Steubenville Reno Field at Harding Stadium
2 New Lexington (10-1) vs. 3 Ironton (8-3), Jackson Holzer Field
1 Coldwater (11-0) vs. 5 Dayton Oakwood (8-3), Piqua Alexander Stadium Purk Field
7 Hamilton Badin (8-3) vs. 6 Kettering Archbishop Alter (9-2), Dayton Welcome Stadium
Division V – All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday Unless Otherwise Noted
1 Youngstown Ursuline (11-0) vs. 4 Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (10-1), Stow Bulldog Stadium
2 Columbiana Crestview (10-1) vs. 3 Kirtland (11-0), Niles Bo Rein Stadium
1 Hamler Patrick Henry (11-0) vs. 5 Bucyrus Wynford (11-0), Bowling Green State University Doyt Perry Stadium (2 p.m.)
2 Findlay Liberty-Benton (11-0) vs. 6 Archbold (9-2), Bowling Green State University Doyt Perry Stadium (7 p.m.)
1 Portsmouth West (11-0) vs. 5 Columbus Bishop Ready (7-2), Logan Chieftain Stadium
2 Wheelersburg (10-1) vs. 6 Baltimore Liberty Union (10-1), Jackson Holzer Field
1 Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (11-0) vs. 4 West Jefferson (9-2), Kettering Roush Stadium
3 Waynesville (9-2) vs. 7 Maria Stein Marion Local (9-2), Sidney Memorial Stadium
Division VI – All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday Unless Otherwise Noted
1 Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (11-0) vs. 4 Mogadore (10-1), Mansfield Madison Ram Field
2 Norwalk St. Paul (11-0) vs. 3 McDonald (11-0), Medina Ken Dukes Stadium
1 Ada (11-0) vs. 4 Pandora-Gilboa (10-1), Lima Bath Stadium
2 Carey (10-1) vs. 3 Delphos St. John’s (9-2), Kenton Robinson Field
1 Hannibal River (11-0) vs. 4 Glouster Trimble (9-2), Marietta Don Drumm Stadium
2 Malvern (11-0) vs. 3 Shadyside (9-2), East Liverpool Patterson Field
1 Mechanicsburg (11-0) vs. 4 Covington (9-2), Troy Memorial Stadium
2 Sidney Lehman Catholic (9-1) vs. 6 Springfield Catholic Central (8-3), Northmont Good Samaritan Stadium