Playoff Football: Regional Semifinal Pairings and what you need to know


OHSSA Football Playoff Pairings

Here’s who is playing who this Friday and Saturday in the OHSAA
Football Regional Semifinals and what you need to know about each game (including where) – and team.

2009 OHSAA Football Tournaments
Regional Semifinal Pairings

(All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday Unless Otherwise Noted)

Region 1
1 Cleveland St. Ignatius (11-0) vs. 5 Cleveland Glenville (10-1), Lakewood Stadium:
OK, here it is again – the match up everyone wanted to see. For the fourth time in the last two season, these Cleveland giants collide. Ignatius, the defending D-I state champion, is riding a 25 game win streak that started following a 20-17 loss to Glenville in last year’s season opener. Since then, the Wildcats have beaten the Tarblooders twice – 8-7 in last year’s playoffs and 14-13 in this year’s season opener. Should be another struggle.
2 Solon (11-0) vs. 3 Mayfield (10-1), Parma Byers Field:
This is a rematch of a Week 6 meeting won by Solon 27-20.

Region 2
8 Canton McKinley (7-4) vs. 4 Canton GlenOak (9-2), Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium (1:00 p.m.):
After beating No. 1 seed Toledo Whitmer,  McKinley gets a rematch with GlenOak who shut them out 14-0 in Week 6.
2 Twinsburg (10-1) vs. 3 Massillon Washington (8-3), Canton Fawcett Stadium:
Massillon got some revenge in the first round by beating North Canton Hoover who ousted them last year. Twinsburg on the other hand beat Brunswick for the second time this year.

Region 3
1 Dublin Coffman (11-0) vs. 4 Westerville South (9-2), Upper Arlington Marv Moorehead Memorial Stadium:
South is riding a nine game win streak after starting 0-2, while Coffman is looking for its second regional final appearance in three years.
2 Hilliard Davidson (9-1) vs. 3 Pickerington Central (10-1), Gahanna Lincoln Stadium:
This a match up several people in Central Ohio have been talking about all season. Now they get to see it.

Region 4
1 Cincinnati St. Xavier (9-2) vs. 4 Cincinnati Elder (8-2), Nippert Stadium (5:30 p.m.):
The Greater Catholic League South Division rivals meet for the second time this season. St. X handed Elder its first loss 17-7 in Week 6.
7 Middletown (10-1) vs. 3 Cincinnati Anderson (11-0), Nippert Stadium (2:30 p.m.):
So what can Middletown do for an encore after thrashing Moeller? Beating Anderson is a start. The Redskins – who made the last two D-II state finals – are having similar success in D-I. Anderson beat GMC co-champ Lakota West in the first round. Now they try to beat the GMC’s second place team.

All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday Unless Otherwise Noted

Region 5
1 Mentor Lake Catholic (10-1) vs. 4 Canfield (10-1), Twinsburg Tiger Stadium:
Solid regional public vs private match up. Canfield’s lone loss is 24-14 to Warren Howland, while MLC’s lone loss is 42-21 to Youngstown Mooney.
2 Warren Howland (10-1) vs. 3 Ashland (10-1), Canton Central Catholic Lowell Klinefelter Field: Question here is can Howland’s offense match Ashland’s? Arrows junior QB Marcus Fuller likes to throw the ball around, while Howland likes to pound it.

Region 6
1 Toledo St. Francis DeSales (10-1) vs. 5 Avon Lake (8-3), Fremont Ross Harmon Stadium:
DeSales has allowed seven points in its last three games. Avon Lake scored 56 in a first round win over Maumee. 
2 Toledo Central Catholic (9-2) vs. 6 Maple Heights (9-2), Huron Memorial Stadium:
Maple Heights will try to dispatch its second straight Toledo City League squad after ousting Toledo Rogers.

Region 7
8 Columbus Marion-Franklin (9-2) vs. 4 Lewis Center Olentangy Orange (9-2), Dublin Scioto Stadium:
Not many had Marion-Franklin in the second round. Now, how far do they go? Orange, a second-year program, is looking to continue its first postseason trip.
2 Logan (11-0) vs. 3 Columbus Brookhaven (9-2), Columbus Hamilton Township Hamilton Field:
This should be a good one with some points put on the board. Athletes all over the place in this game. Logan still hasn’t yielded a first quarter point all season.

Region 8
1 Cincinnati Turpin (11-0) vs. 5 Trotwood-Madison (8-3), Cincinnati Princeton Viking Stadium:
Turpin gets to see if its can slow down the Rams (and 2,000-yard back Antwan Gilbert) who have won six straight after starting the year 2-3. Rams get to return the favor against a Turpin squad averaging 415 yards and 35 points per game.
2 Cincinnati Winton Woods (9-2) vs. 3 New Carlisle Tecumseh (10-1), Centerville Stadium:
Winton Woods steamrolled through the first round with a 59-7 victory over Hamilton Ross. Tecumseh did the same with a 55-23 win over West Carrollton.

All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday Unless Otherwise Noted

Region 9
1 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (11-0) vs. 4 Hubbard (10-1), Warren G. Harding Mollenkopf Stadium:
Money just keeps rolling along, while Hubbard has won 10 straight.
2 Poland Seminary (9-2) vs. 3 Akron Archbishop Hoban (8-3), Uniontown Lake Blue Streak Stadium:
Poland ans sensational senior Luke Wollet take on a Hoban team that didn’t do much on offense last week (124 total yards) but won anyway (thanks to special teams and defense).

Region 10
1 Columbus St. Francis DeSales (8-3) vs. 5 Tipp City Tippecanoe (9-2), Dayton Welcome Stadium:
DeSales faithful think highly of their club, but Tipp should offer more of a challenge than first-time playoff participant Bryan. The Red Devils scored an impressive 34-6 road win at Sandusky Perkins.
2 Columbus Bishop Watterson (8-3) vs. 3 Napoleon (9-2), Findlay Donnell Stadium:
Napoleon knocked one Columbus area school out in the first round (Eastmoor). Now they go for another.

Region 11
1 Steubenville (10-1) vs. 5 Salem (9-2), New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium:
If you like quarterback play go to this game. Steubenville has senior QB Dwight Macon, a Central Michigan recruit, while Salem counters with Trent Toothman, described as a “monster” on one JJHuddle post after scoring five TDs in the Quakers opening round OT win at Granville.
2 Dover (10-1) vs. 6 Canal Fulton Northwest (8-3), Canton Fawcett Stadium:
The Tornados might be the state’s hottest team. Canal Fulton Northwest might be the state’s hottest aerial offense. Points should be plenty.

Region 12
8 Springfield Shawnee (8-3) vs. 4 Circleville Logan Elm (9-2), Hilliard Bradley Athletic Complex:
Shawnee surprised No. 1 seed Goshen by jumping out to a 21-0 first quarter lead. Logan Elm is looking for its second straight rip to the regional final. Quite an accomplishment for a team that was 0-10 in 2007.
2 Cincinnati Wyoming (10-0) vs. 6 Monroe (9-2), Kings Mills Kings Stadium:
Wyoming survived SWBL Southwestern Division champion Eaton 34-32 in the first round. Now they get to try their luck with the SWBL Buckeye Division winners – Monroe.

All Games at 7:00 p.m. Saturday Unless Otherwise Noted

Region 13
1 Chagrin Falls (11-0) vs. 5 Cortland Lakeview (8-3), Aurora Veterans Stadium:
Lakeview has been a pleasant surprise as the season’s gone on. Chagrin Falls, though, has been ne of the division’s most dominant teams all year.
2 Girard (11-0) vs. 6 Peninsula Woodridge (9-2), Uniontown Lake Blue Streak Stadium:
Woodridge came through for its first playoff win last week in its first appearance. Girard crushed CVCA 42-7 in the opening round.

Region 14
8 Pemberville Eastwood (9-2) vs. 5 Ottawa-Glandorf (9-2), Findlay Donnell Stadium (4:00 p.m.):
Eastwood surprised some with its rather easy win over No. 1 seed Galion. The Eagles however have only lost to Genoa and Patrick Henry which are both serious state title contenders. O-G is from the rugged Western Buckeye League. They’ll be ready to play.
2 Genoa Area (11-0) vs. 3 Orrville (8-3), Ashland Community Stadium:
Genoa fell behind 7-0 against Milan Edison and then scored the next 62 points. The Comets are for real. Orrville has won eight of its last nine, the lone loss coming to Ashland.

Region 15
1 Amanda-Clearcreek (11-0) vs. 5 Coshocton (9-2), Zanesville Sulsberger Memorial Stadium:
Without star RB Garren Dilley, A-C rolled Albany Alexander 42-7. The Aces defense is nuts. Coshocton – and its offense, which is averaging 41 points per game, is a stiff test.
2 Ironton (9-2) vs. 3 Heath (9-2), Nelsonville-York Boston Stadium:
Ironton keeps giving head coach Bob Lutz (the state’s all-time winningest coach) more victories. Heath will try to hand him a rare loss.

Region 16
1 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (11-0) vs. 4 Kenton (10-1), Troy Memorial Stadium:
Massie’s defense has allowed 53 points all year. Kenton scored 62 points in one game this year – and put 46 on Valley View in the opening round of the playoffs.
2 Kettering Archbishop Alter (11-0) vs. 6 Carlisle (9-2), Monroe Stadium: Alter shutout Jonathan Alder in impressive fashion. Carlisle picked up the first playoff win in history at North College Hill. Indians fans shouldn’t expect another.

All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday Unless Otherwise Noted

Region 17
1 Cuyahoga Heights (11-0) vs. 5 Gates Mills Hawken (9-2), Solon Stewart Field:
This is a rematch of a Week 8 meeting Cuyahoga Heights won 36-0.
2 Columbiana Crestview (10-1) vs. 3 Youngstown Ursuline (7-3), Austintown-Fitch Falcon Stadium: Ursuline started defense of its state title by shutting out Trinity. Crestview beat East Palestine for the second time.

Region 18
1 Hamler Patrick Henry (11-0) vs. 5 Jeromesville Hillsdale (9-2), Tiffin Frost-Kalnow Stadium:
Despite finishing the regular season 1-2, Hillsdale recorded the first postseason win in program history (in its first trip) by beating Ashland Crestview. Patrick Henry rolled Northwood 41-14.
2 Defiance Tinora (10-1) vs. 3 Lima Central Catholic (9-2), Defiance Fred Brown Stadium: Besides a date with each other in the regional semis, these two share something else in common – both lost to Delphs St. John’s this tear. The Blue Jays beat LCC 21-14 in Week 1 and Tinora 48-0 in Week 2.

Region 19
1 Fredericktown (11-0) vs. 5 Wheelersburg (9-2), Nelsonville-York Boston Stadium:
These two teams combined for 98 points in their first round wins. Expect points.
2 Oak Hill (11-0) vs. 6 West Lafayette Ridgewood (11-0), Lancaster Fulton Field:
This is the only meeting of undefeateds in the regional semifinals (any division). Someone gets their first “L.”

Region 20
8 St. Henry (8-3) vs. 4 West Liberty-Salem (11-0), Piqua Alexander Stadium:
The Redskins won their 40th postseason game 28-3 at No. 1 seed North
Union. West Liberty held West Jefferson scoreless in four trips inside
the red zone. Should be a good game.
2 Coldwater (10-1) vs. 6 Anna (9-2), Wapakoneta Harmon Field: This is a rematch of a Week 5 game won by coldwater 27-13. According to those in the know, Anna may have been the better team that night. This one should be a dandy.

All Games at 7:00 p.m. Saturday Unless Otherwise Noted

Region 21
8 Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (9-2) vs. 4 Bucyrus Wynford (11-0), Tiffin Frost-Kalnow Stadium:
The postseason is Hopewell-Loudon’s time. The Chieftains – who have played in the last two state finals – beat No. 1 seed McDonald last week. Wynford (formerly D-V) enjoyed its first run in D-VI with a 41-21 win over Dalton.
2 Norwalk St. Paul (11-0) vs. 3 Mogadore (10-1), Medina Ken Dukes Stadium:
St. Paul and Mogadore wreak tradition. One of them moves closer to a state title and the other goes home after Saturday.

Region 22
1 Delphos St. John’s (11-0) vs. 4 Leipsic (10-1), Lima Senior Stadium:
Leipsic gets its chance to unseat the defending state champions. Good luck. Arlington got its shot last week and went down 56-0.
2 Ada (11-0) vs. 3 Carey (10-1), Findlay Donnell Stadium (1:00 p.m.):
A 3-0 OT loss by Carey to Fremont St. Joseph is the only thing stopping this match up from featuring two unbeatens. Both these teams have a shot at St. John’s. Question is which one gets it.

Region 23
1 Malvern (10-1) vs. 4 Bridgeport (10-1), Steubenville Harding Stadium:
Malvern looking for second straight trp to the regional final, while Bridgeport enjoying 54-28 win over Tuscarawas Central Catholic in the first round.
7 Shadyside (6-5) vs. 6 Grove City Christian (10-1), Zanesville Sulsberger Memorial Stadium (1:00 p.m.): Shadyside outlasted Columbiana 19-14 despite having just a 5-5 record. Grove City Christian picked up the first postseason win in program history (in its first appearance) by shutting out Zanesville Rosecrans. Earlier this year GCC lost to Rosecrans 10-7.

Region 24
8 Covington (8-3) vs. 5 Maria Stein Marion Local (6-5), Kettering Fairmont Rousch Stadium:
Well, here they are folks. Marion Local dispatched Lehman in the first round and now has its eyes set on a regional title. Covington got some revenge by beating Ansonia 28-7 after losing to the Tigers 35-7 in Week 8. A similar performance will be need if the Buccs want to entertain thoughts off knocking of the Flyers.
7 Fort Loramie (9-2) vs. 6 South Charleston Southeastern (9-2), Dayton Welcome Stadium: Both these teams registered road wins in the first round. Fort Loramie won its first playoff game ever (in its first trip) at Lockland, while Southeastern won its first playoff game since 2002 at Waynesfield-Goshen. Both teams bring a lot to the table.

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