In what he called a crazy atmosphere this week, North Union
athletic director Tony Rose said the community of Richwood was a buzz
as NUHS prepared for its first playoff game ever. To top it off, the undefeated Wildcats earned a home game. Quite a season. And now – it is over. Making the playoffs is one thing. Advancing is another.
In what he called a crazy atmosphere this week, North Union athletic director Tony Rose said the community of Richwood was a buzz as NUHS prepared for its first playoff game in history.
To top it off, the undefeated Wildcats earned a home game as Division V, Region 20’s top seed. Quite a season – and probably the school’s best ever. And now – it is over.
Making the playoffs is one thing. Advancing is another.
Friday North Union, despite its historic run, drew St. Henry in the first round. Yes, that St. Henry. The result – a 28-3 Redskins win.
St. Henry is one of the most prolific public school programs in Ohio and one of just two (Versailles being the other) to own six state football titles. The Redskins playoff record is now 40-7. North Union’s is 0-1.
The Wildcats though weren’t the only football team lacking an extensive postseason resume that faced one who did Friday.
The senario played out four other times, mainly in D-III:
– Youngstown Mooney ran its playoff record to 45-16 with a 42-14 Region 9 win over a Mogadore Field team that’s now 0-3 in the playoffs.
– Columbus DeSales is now 44-16 in the postseason thanks to dispatching playoff newbie Bryan 45-21 in Region 10. To add insult to injury, the Golden Bears had to drive 176 miles and over three hours – one way – to play the game.
– Alliance Marlington failed to win its first playoff game against Steubenville, losing 34-26 in Region 11. Big Red is now 43-18 in the playoffs. Marlington is 0-3.
– In D-II, Region 5, Mentor Lake Catholic is now 29-13 in the postseason after beating Ravenna (0-4 in playoffs) 34-16.
The difference in St. Henry’s win is that the Redskins were the only one of the above who played on the road. But this is a road St. Henry has traveled before.
In 2004 the Redskins became the first No. 8 seed in state history to win a state title when they claimed the D-V championship. St. Henry started that march with a 28-19 win over No. 1 seed and undefeated Marion Pleasant.
Pleasant and North Union – separated by 10 miles – are both members of the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference.
Deja-Vu all over again?
MAC Goes 3-0: In addition to St. Henry, Anna and Coldwater each won D-V, Region 20 games. That runs the MAC’s record against non-MAC opponents in regional quarterfinals to 33-1 (the lone loss being Versailles’ 21-20 defeat to Lima Central Catholic in 2005).
Anna won just the second playoff game in history with a 20-17 decision over host Columbus Ready.
Coldwater beat visiting GCL member Hamilton Badin 41-0.
The Cavs and Rockets now face each other in the regional semifinals next Friday at a site to be announced Sunday. Possibilities include Sidney or Wapakoneta.
Coldwater beat Anna 27-13 in Week 5. St. Henry plays West Liberty-Salem in the other Region 20 semifinal.
More No. 1s Goes Down: In addition to North Union, a couple other No. 1 seeds lost to No. 8s Friday as well. Top seed Louisville – who many felt was a serious contender for the D-II state title – was upset 14-7 by Columbus Marion Franklin in Region 7. In D-III, Region 12, Springfield Shawnee upset top seed Goshen 28-21.
Logan Still Stingy: The undefeated Chieftains remained perfect elsewhere too. In its 30-7 win over Canal Winchester in the D-II, Region 7 quarterfinals, Logan remained unscored upon in the first quarter this season. The Chieftains have outscored the opposition 110-0 in the first 12 minutes.
Still Looking for First Playoff Win: There were 12 teams playing Friday that were making at least their third playoff appearance and still searching for their first win. Of the 12 – NONE – won.
In D-II No. 8 Ravenna (0-4), No. 5 Cin. Mt. Healthy (0-6), No. 7 Hamilton Ross (0-5), No. 8 Wilmington (0-3) and No. 3 Toledo Rogers (0-3) all lost. In D-III, No. 8 Mogadore Field (0-3), No. 5 Medina Buckeye (0-4), No. 4 Granville (0-4), No. 8 Alliance Marlington (0-3) and even No. 1 Goshen (0-4) fell.
No. 8 Caldwell (0-6) lost in D-V.
First Dance: Seven teams made their playoff debuts Friday and four advanced to the regional semifinals.
In D-II, Region 7, second-year program Olentangy Orange beat Dresden Tri-Valley 28-21, while in D-III, Region 10, No. 5 Salem outlasted host and No. 4 Granville, 38-31, in OT.
In D-V, Region 19, No. 2 Oak Hill beat No. 7 Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant 42-14, and in Region 18, No. 5 Jeromesville Hillsdale beat No. 4 Ashland Crestview, 32-23.
First-timers that fell included No. 8 North Ridgeville in D-II; No. 8 Bryan in D-III and No. 1 North Union in D-V.
Five Games To Watch Saturday
1. No. 7 Plain City Jonathan Alder (7-3) at No. 2 Kettering Archbishop Alter (10-0); D-IV, Region 16: Both these teams have played in a state final within the last three years and Alter is the defending state champion.
2. No. 8 Waynesville (8-2) at No. 1 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (10-0); D-IV, Region 16: This is a rematch of a Week 2 game that Massie won 13-9. Different venue this time and Waynesville is hoping different outcome.
3. No. 5 Dalton (9-1) at No. 4 Bucyrus Wynford (10-0); D-VI, Region 21: 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.
4. No. 5 Maria Stein Marion Local (5-5) at No. 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.
5. No. 8 Canton Mc Kinley (6-4) at No. 1 Toledo Whitmer (9-1), D-I, Region 2: Whitmer is in the playoffs for the sixth time in 10 years, while McKinley is in for the 18th time overall.
Ashland 28, Chesterland West Geauga 7
Canfield 31, Aurora 14
Mentor Lake Catholic 34, Ravenna 16
Warren Howland 28, Medina Highland 21
Avon Lake 56, Maumee 35
Maple Heights 36, Toledo Rogers 26
Toledo St. Francis 35, North Ridgeville 7
Toledo Central Catholic 35, Rocky River 7
Columbus Brookhaven 27, Columbus Walnut Ridge 20, OT
Columbus Marion-Franklin 14, Louisville 7
Lewis Center Olentangy Orange 28, Dresden Tri-Valley 21
Logan 30, Canal Winchester 7
Cincinnati Turpin 44, Wilmington 21
Cincinnati Winton Woods 59, Hamilton Ross 7
Trotwood-Madison 41, Cincinnati Mt. Healthy 6
New Carlisle Tecumseh 55. West Carrollton 23
Akron Hoban 14, Parma Padua 11
Hubbard 30, Medina Buckeye 14
Poland Seminary 38, Akron SVSM 14
Youngstown Mooney 42, Mogadore Field 14
Columbus DeSales 45, Bryan 21
Columbus Watterson 26, Bellefontaine 0
Napoleon 28, Cols. Eastmoor 14
Tipp City Tippecanoe 34, Sandusky Perkins 6
Canal Fulton Northwest 28, Rayland Buckeye 20
Dover 42, Cadiz Harrison Cent. 0
Salem 38, Granville 31, OT
Steubenville 34, Alliance Marlington 26
Cincinnati Wyoming 34, Eaton 32
Circleville Logan Elm 28, New Richmond 12
Monroe 12, Day. Chaminade-Julienne 7
Springfield Shawnee 28, Goshen 7
Columbiana Crestview 20, E. Palestine 14
Cuyahoga Heights. 28, Apple Creek Waynedale 7
Gates Mills Hawken 14, Independence 7
Youngs. Ursuline 28, Garfield Heights. Trinity 0
Defiance Tinora 45, Sherwood Fairview 6
Hamler Patrick Henry 41, Northwood 14
Jeromesville Hillsdale 33, Ashland Crestview 23
Lima Central Cath. 49, Hicksville 0
Fredericktown 47, Caldwell 7
Oak Hill 42, Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant 14
West Lafayette Ridgewood 36, Minford 10
Wheelersburg 51, Woodsfield Monroe Central 42
Anna 20, Columbus Ready 17
Coldwater 41, Hamilton Badin 0
St. Henry 28, Richwood North Union 3
West Liberty-Salem 3, W. Jefferson 0