Playoff Football: Pairings, Win Streaks, Newbies and what you need to know


OHSSA Football Playoff Pairings

Here’s who is playing who this Friday and Saturday in the OHSAA Football Playoffs and what you need to know about each game – and team.


DIVISION I (All games at 7 p.m. Saturday)

Region 1
8 Youngstown Boardman (7-3) at 1 Cleveland St Ignatius (10-0):
Ignatius, the No. 1 ranked team in the state, is the defending D-I state champion and has more titles than any school in state history (10). Boardman is making its second playoff trip in three years and seventh overall.
7 Euclid (6-4) at 2 Solon (10-0): After starting 3-4, Euclid won its last three games to earn a playoff spot. Solon is making its 10th playoff trip in 11 years after missing last season.
6 Parma (7-3) at 3 Mayfield (9-1): Mayfield’s only loss this season was 27-20 to Solon. Parma is riding a four-game win streak.
5 Cleveland Glenville Academic Campus (9-1) at 4 North Royalton (9-1):
Glenville has won nine straight after losing 14-13 to Ignatius in the opener. North Royalton rebounded from its only loss in Week 9 (47-41 to Parma) to beat Normandy 28-7 in Week 10.

Region 2
8 Canton Mc Kinley (6-4) at 1 Toledo Whitmer (9-1):
Whitmer is in the playoffs for the sixth time in 10 years, while McKinley is in for the 18th time overall.
7 Brunswick (7-3) at 2 Twinsburg (9-1): This is a rematch of  Week 5 game that Twinsburg won 21-9.
6 North Canton Hoover (7-3) at 3 Massillon Washington (7-3): Two Stark County titans collide in this one which features reigning Mr. Football Erick Howard against Massillon’s mystique.
5 Wadsworth (9-1) at 4 Canton GlenOak (8-2): Wadsworth is in the playoffs for the second time in three years, while GlenOak is making its third straight appearance.

Region 3
8 Springfield (6-4) at 1 Dublin Coffman (10-0):
Springfield earned the school’s first playoff bid ever (North and South merged last year); while Coffman – a playoff staple – is in the postseason for the seventh time in nine years.
7 Lancaster (6-4) at 2 Hilliard Davidson (8-1): This is a rematch of a Week 6 game that Davidson took easily – 45-14. Since then Lancaster has won three of four.
6 Pickerington High School North (7-3) at 3 Pickerington High School Central (9-1): One point separated these neighborhood rivals in Week 5 (Central won 7-6). Expect another classic.
5 Powell Olentangy Liberty (7-3) at 4 Westerville South (8-2): This is a rare meeting of two teams that just played each other in the regular season finale (which South won 47-20). The only difference is the venue. As for South, the Wildcats have won eight straight after opening 0-2.

Region 4
8 Centerville (8-2) at 1 Cincinnati St Xavier (8-2):
The two teams had one common opponent – Moeller. St. X beat the Crusaders 13-10. Centerville lost to them 21-19.
7 Middletown (9-1) at 2 Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (9-1):
Moeller’s undefeated season went down the drain with a 13-10 loss to St. X in week 10. Middletown’s unbeaten season was lost in a 10-7 setback to Colerain in Week 9. The Middies are also making their first trip to the playoffs in 18 years.
6 West Chester Lakota West (9-1) at 3 Cincinnati Anderson (10-0): Anderson – a two-time state finalist in D-II in 2007 (state champion) and 2008 – makes the D-I postseason after bumping up. West is making its fourth playoff appearance ever and third in the last five years.
5 Huber Heights Wayne (7-3) at 4 Cincinnati Elder (7-2): After starting 3-3, Wayne has ripped off four straight wins. Elder has won two straight after losses to Moeller and X.

DIVISION II (All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday)

Region 5
8 Ravenna (8-2) at 1 Mentor Lake Catholic (9-1): MLC is making its 17th postseason appearance and is back after missing out last year. Ravenna is making its third straight trip to the postseason and fourth overall.
7 Medina Highland (6-4) at 2 Warren Howland (9-1): Highland’s big win over D-I playoff team Wadsworth enabled them to get in despite four losses, including one to a 3-7 Green team. Howland is riding a three-game win streak after losing its only game of the season to Poland (17-0) in Week 7. Howland handed Canfield its lone loss this year.
6 Chesterland West Geauga (9-1) at 3 Ashland (9-1): Ashland’s offense has been clicking under the guidance of junior QB Marcus Fuller. The Arrows are in the playoffs for the third time in four years. West Geauga’s one loss is to undefeated D-IV playoff giant Chagrin Falls.
5 Aurora (8-2) at 4 Canfield (9-1): Defending D-III state champion Aurora tries to run the table in D-Ii this year. Since losing to Howland, Canfield has won six straight and allowed 27 total points.

Region 6
8 North Ridgeville (8-2) at 1 Toledo St Francis De Sales (9-1):
DeSales – a two-time state champion – is in the playoffs for the first time since 2004. North Ridgeville is in for the first time.
7 Rocky River (7-3) at 2 Toledo Central Catholic (8-2): TCC, the 2005 state champion, is making its sixth straight postseason trip. Rocky River is in for the third time in four years and coming off a 22-7 loss to Fairview.
6 Maple Heights (8-2) at 3 Toledo Rogers (9-1): Maple heights dropped two of its last three regular season games (to Mentor and Euclid), while Rogers lone defeat this season is to Whitmer. Rogers has allowed 33 points in its last six games.
5 Avon Lake (7-3) at 4 Maumee (9-1): Maumee’s defense is allowing 11 points per game and the Panthers are in the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Avon Lake has won six straight after starting 1-3.

Region 7
8 Columbus Marion-Franklin (8-2) at 1 Louisville (10-0):
Louisville is No. 2 in the Power Poll and was state runner-up two years ago. Marion-Franklin, from the Columbus City League, is making its sixth straight playoff appearance.
7 Canal Winchester (8-2) at 2 Logan (10-0): Logan, the No. 1 team in the Power Poll, owns wins over playoff teams Lancaster, Pickerington North and Ironton. Canal Winchester was a D-III playoff team last year.
6 Columbus Walnut Ridge (8-2) at 3 Columbus Brookhaven (8-2): Columbus City League powers meet for the first time this year. Brookhaven is riding a seven game win streak after starting the season 1-2.
5 Dresden Tri-Valley (9-1) at 4 Lewis Center Olentangy Orange (8-2):
TV has won six straight, while Orange is coming off a big 17-14 win over Delaware Hayes. Did we mention this is Orange’s first playoff bid in just its second year as a school. Orange was 3-7 last year in D-III.

Region 8
8 Wilmington (7-3) at 1 Cincinnati Turpin (10-0):
This game is a rematch of one played last week. Turpin won that one 26-14. This time they get to host.
7 Hamilton Ross (6-4) at 2 Cincinnati Winton Woods (8-2): WW’s only losses are to Moeller and Anderson. Ross is making its first playoff trip since 2001.
6 West Carrollton (8-2) at 3 New Carlisle Tecumseh (9-1): West Carrollton is making its second postseason trip ever, while Tecumseh is in for the third time in four years
5 Cincinnati Mount Healthy (7-3) at 4 Trotwood-Madison (7-3): Trotwood is in for the third time in four years, while Mount Healthy is in for the first time since 2005.

DIVISION III (All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday)

Region 9
8 Mogadore Field (8-2) at 1 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (10-0):
Mooney is looking to play in its fifth championship game in six years. Field is in the playoffs for the third straight time and third time ever.
7 Akron St Vincent-St Mary (6-4) at 2 Poland Seminary (8-2):
SVSM enters having lost three of its last four. Poland has lost two of its last three.
6 Parma Padua Franciscan (7-3) at 3 Akron Archbishop Hoban (7-3): This is a rematch of a Week 9 game Hoban took 10-6.
5 Medina Buckeye (8-2) at 4 Hubbard (9-1): Hubbard has won nine straight after losing the opener to Poland. Buckeye has won eight straight after opening 0-2.

Region 10
8 Bryan (8-2) at 1 Columbus St Francis De Sales (7-3):
Bryan is making its first postseason appearance, while DeSales is making its 20th and 16th straight. A cool 173 miles (over 3 hour drive) separate these two schools.
7 Bellefontaine (8-2) at 2 Columbus Bishop Watterson (7-3): Both teams enter having gone 2-2 in the last four games.
6 Columbus Eastmoor Academy (8-2) at 3 Napoleon (8-2): Eastmoor was in the state final last year and made it back to the dance, Napoleon is in for the fifth time in six years.
5 Tipp City Tippecanoe (8-2) at 4 Sandusky Perkins (9-1): Tipp is in the postseason for the fifth straight season, while Perkins returns after a two-year absence.

Region 11
8 Alliance Marlington (8-2) at 1 Steubenville (9-1):
Big Red had its 68-game regular season win streak snapped in Week 9. They’d like to forget about it by winning the school’s fourth state title. Marlington is in the playoffs for the third time ever and first since 2001. 
7 Cadiz Harrison Central (8-2) at 2 Dover (9-1):
HC is in the postseason for the first time ever. Dover – a playoff regular – has handed three teams their only losses of the season (Ashland, New Philadelphia and Tri-Valley).
6 Canal Fulton Northwest (7-3) at 3 Rayland Buckeye Local (8-2):
Buckeye local is making back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 1990-91. Northwest is riding a five-game win streak after starting 2-3.
5 Salem (8-2) at 4 Granville (9-1): Salem’s lone losses are to Girard (10-0) and Hubbard (9-1). Granville is two points (36-35 loss to Columbus Academy) away from being undefeated.

Region 12
8 Springfield Shawnee (7-3) at 1 Goshen (8-2):
Big wins over New Richmond (9-1) and West Carrollton (8-2) in Weeks 8 and 10 propelled Goshen to the top spot. Shawnee lost to West Carrollton 14-7 in Week 2, but is the only team to beat Tecumseh (9-1) this year.
7 Eaton (8-2) at 2 Cincinnati Wyoming (10-0):
Wyoming is averaging 44 points per game, while Eaton is putting up 31.
6 Monroe (8-2) at 3 Dayton Chaminade-Julienne (8-2):
CJ is in the playoffs after a three-year drought. Monroe is in for the fourth time in five years.
5 New Richmond (9-1) at 4 Circleville Logan Elm (8-2): Logan Elm is back again after last year’s remarkable turnaround from 0-10 to 10-0. New Richmond rallied from a halftime deficit at Greenville to earn its first berth since 2001.

DIVISION IV (All games at 7 p.m. Saturday)

Region 13
8 Campbell Memorial (7-3) at 1 Chagrin Falls (10-0):
Chagrin is making back-to-back appearances since going three straight times from 1999-2001. Memorial is in for he first time since 1999.
7 Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Valley Christian Acad (7-3) at 2 Girard (10-0):
Girard owns wins over playoff teams Salem, Warren JFK and Campbell memorial. CVCA is coming off a loss to Manchester.
6 Peninsula Woodridge (8-2) at 3 Martins Ferry (7-2):
Martins Ferry – a playoff regular – is four points shy of being undefeated (lost 15-14 to Wheeling Central Catholic and 24-21 to Buckeye Local). Woodbridge scored a big win in Week 6 when it routed Mogadore 52-7.
5 Cortland Lakeview (7-3) at 4 Akron Manchester (9-1):
Manchester has won eight straight since losing to Coshocton in Week 2. Lakeview’s three losses are to playoff teams (Poland, Hubbard and Salem).

Region 14
8 Pemberville Eastwood (8-2) at 1 Galion (10-0):
Tigers – former state champions – are in for first time since 1989. Eastwood is 0-2 against playoff teams this year (Genoa Area and Patrick Henry).
7 Milan Edison (8-2) at 2 Genoa Area (10-0):
Genoa Area has allowed 24 points all year and has seven shutouts. Edison is back in the postseason for the first tie since 2003 and for just the second time overall.
6 Bellville Clear Fork (7-3) at 3 Orrville (7-3):
This is a rematch of a Week 9 Ohio Cardinal Conference game Orrville won 32-21.
5 Ottawa-Glandorf (8-2) at 4 Wooster Triway (8-2):
O-G is making its fifth straight postseason appearance, while Triway is in for the fourth time ever.

Region 15
8 Albany Alexander (8-2) at 1 Amanda-Clearcreek (10-0):
After a two-year hiatus A-C – a two-time champion and five-time finalist – is back in the playoffs. Alexander is a playoff newcomer.
7 Sparta Highland (8-2) at 2 Ironton (8-2):
Ironton is a playoff regular who is led by the state’s all-time winningest coach (Bob Lutz). Highland is making its fourth straight postseason appearance.
6 Chillicothe Zane Trace (8-2) at 3 Heath (8-2):
Zane Trace is hoping to continue the recent playoff success of fellow SVC member Westfall, whom the Pioneers unseated this season. Heath is in the playoffs for the first time since 1990 and for just the second time overall.
5 Coshocton (8-2) at 4 Zanesville West Muskingum (9-1):
Coshocton’s only losses are to 9-1 teams Dover and New Philadelphia. WM has allowed 27 points the last five weeks.

Region 16
8 Waynesville (8-2) at 1 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (10-0):
This is a rematch of a Week 2 game that Massie won 13-9. Different venue this time and Waynesville is hoping different outcome.
7 Plain City Jonathan Alder (7-3) at 2 Kettering Archbishop Alter (10-0):
Both these teams have played in a state final within the last three years and Alter is the defending state champion.
6 Carlisle (8-2) at 3 Cincinnati North College Hill (10-0):
Carlisle is making its fourth playoff trip overall and first since 2004. NCH is also making its fourth appearance overall and third in the last four years.
5 Germantown Valley View (7-3) at 4 Kenton (9-1):
Both of these teams are former state champions. Kenton has won nine straight after losing to Coldwater in Week 1.

DIVISION V (All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday)

Region 17
8 Apple Creek Waynedale (7-3) at 1 Cuyahoga Heights (10-0):
Heights has allowed just 43 points this season and has six shutouts. Waynedale rallied for a playoff spot after opening 2-2.
7 East Palestine (7-3) at 2 Columbiana Crestview (9-1):
This is a rematch from a Week 6 game that Crestview won 35-14. East Palestine finished the regular season 2-3 and lost its last two. Crestview lost in Week 9 to Mineral Ridge. 
6 Garfield Hts. Trinity (7-3) at 3 Youngstown Ursuline (6-3): Ursuline is the defending state champion and a threat again. Two of Trinity’s three losses have come in OT.
5 Gates Mills Hawken (8-2) at 4 Independence (9-1):
Hawken was 2-2 in its last four games, while Independence lost to Cuyahoga Heights in Week 10.

Region 18
8 Northwood (7-3) at 1 Hamler Patrick Henry (10-0):
Patrick Henry is the No. 1 team in the Power Poll and just won its eighth straight Northwest Ohio Athletic League title. Northwood has won five straight after opening 2-3.
7 Sherwood Fairview (7-3) at 2 Defiance Tinora (9-1): This is a rematch of a Week 4 game that Tinora won 55-14. Tinora’s lone loss is to D-VI defending state champ Delphos St. John’s in Week 2. Fairview
6 Hicksville (9-1) at 3 Lima Central Catholic (8-2):
Hicksville’s lone loss came in Week 10 to Tinora (42-0). LCC also lost its regular season finale to Ada (31-24).
5 Jeromesville Hillsdale (8-2) at 4 Ashland Crestview (9-1): Meeting of Ashland County teams that are separated by the county seat. Hillsdale is 1-2 in its last three games, while Crestview has won six straight since losing to Norwalk St. Paul.

Region 19
8 Caldwell (8-2) at 1 Fredericktown (10-0):
Fredericktown only had one game decided by less than double-digits – a 31-28 win over Loudonville in Week 10. Caldwell posted a big win over Zanesville Rosecrans in Week 9 to help its playoff bid. The Redskins have beaten three teams with winning records this year and three more that finished 5-5.
7 Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant (9-1) at 2 Oak Hill (10-0):
Oak Hill is looking for a state football title to go with the boys basketball one it earned in March. Dawson-Bryant is in the playoffs for the eighth time but for the first time since 1996.
6 West Lafayette Ridgewood (10-0) at 3 Minford (8-2): Ridgewood has beaten only two teams with winning records, but has dropped three teams with 5-5 marks. Despite having to forfeit a Week 1 win over River Valley, Minford rode victories over Wheelersburg and Dawson-Bryant to a home playoff game.
5 Wheelersburg (8-2) at 4 Woodsfield Monroe Central (9-1): Monroe Central is undefeated against Ohio competition (its lone loss to Magnolia, West Virginia). Wheelersburg’s two losses are to playoff teams Minford and Ironton.

Region 20
8 St Henry (7-3) at 1 Richwood North Union (10-0):
St. Henry is back in the postseason after a two-year absence. North Union is in for the first time ever.
7 Hamilton Badin (7-3) at 2 Coldwater (9-1): Rare meeting of the MAC vs the GCL. Coldwater won the state title two years ago and was a regional finalist last year (lost to GCL member Alter). Badin lost to Alter – and CJ and Carroll – this year.
6 Anna (8-2) at 3 Columbus Bishop Ready (8-1): Anna is making back-to-back playoff appearances and its eighth overall, but the Rockets want to improve on their 1-7 postseason record. Ready’s lone loss is a 14-7 setback to Lima Central Catholic in Week 6. Ready beat West Jefferson 24-21 in Week 3.
5 West Jefferson (9-1) at 4 West Liberty-Salem (10-0): West Lib has allowed just 70 points all season, while West Jeff has allowed 97.

DIVISION VI (All games at 7 p.m. Saturday)

Region 21
8 Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (8-2) at 1 Mc Donald (10-0):
Hopewell-Loudon has been the state runner-up the last two years. McDonald has allowed just 77 points this season.
7 Berlin Center Western Reserve (9-1) at 2 Norwalk St Paul (10-0):
St. Paul is in the playoffs for the seventh straight time. Western Reserve is making its third appearance in four years.
6 Warren John F Kennedy (7-3) at 3 Mogadore (9-1):
JFK’s three losses are to Hubbard, Girard and Howland. Mogadore is making its 23rd playoff appearance,
5 Dalton (9-1) at 4 Bucyrus Wynford (10-0): Wynford – a D-V postseason staple the last few years – is now looking to win its first state title since dropping down. The Royals own the state’s longest current regular season win streak at 38. Dalton has only bat one team (Waynedale) with a winning record.

Region 22
8 Arlington (7-3) at 1 Delphos St John’s (10-0):
St. John’s is the defending D-VI state champion and has won 17 straight games. Arlington is in for the third straight time and third time ever.
7 Rawson Cory-Rawson (7-3) at 2 Ada (10-0):
Ada averages 50 points per game. Cory-Rawson rallied from an 0-2 start to earn its third playoff berth in history.
6 Columbus Grove (7-3) at 3 Carey (9-1): Carey stubbed toe in regular season finale with 3-0 loss in OT to Fremont St. Joseph. Columbus Grove started the season 1-3 but finished with six straight wins.
5 Fremont St Joseph Central Catholic (9-1) at 4 Leipsic (9-1):
St. Joseph has huge wins over Carey and Hopewell-Loudon on its resume. Leipsic is riding a nine-game win streak after dropping its opener to Patrick Henry.

Region 23
8 Willow Wood Symmes Valley (8-2) at 1 Malvern (9-1):
Malvern is the defending regional champion. Symmes Valley hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record this season. They only played one though – undefeated Oak Hill.
7 Shadyside (5-5) at 2 Columbiana (8-2): After losing back-to-back games Columbiana has rallied with five straight wins. Four of Shadyside’s five losses are to playoff teams: Ridgewood, Monroe Central, Rosecrans and Bridgeport. The other is to West Virginia stalwart Wheeling Central Catholic.   
6 Grove City Christian (9-1) at 3 Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (8-2):
This is a rematch of a Week 8 game I which Rosecrans handed GCC its lone loss this year 10-7. GCC is making its first trip to the playoffs.
5 New Philadelphia Tuscarawas Central Catholic (7-3) at 4 Bridgeport (9-1):
TCC- which finished the season 2-3 – is making its first playoff appearance since 1993. Bridgeport is undefeated against Ohio competition (lone loss is to Madonna, West Virginia).

Region 24
8 Covington (7-3) at 1 Ansonia (10-0):
This is a rematch of a Week 8 game Ansonia won 35-7 – at Covington.
7 Fort Loramie (8-2) at 2 Lockland (9-1):
Fort Loramie is making its first playoff appearance, while Lockland is in for the fifth time overall and third in a row.
6 S Charleston Southeastern Local (8-2) at 3 Waynesfield-Goshen (9-1):
Southeastern returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. W-G is in for the third time in four years. Its only loss was two Anna in Week 2.
5 Maria Stein Marion Local (5-5) at 4 Sidney Lehman Catholic (7-3):
Marion Local upset Anna in Week 10 to punch its ticket at 5-5. Lehman was a regional finalist two years ago and made the state semis last year.

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