Saturday’s Ohio High School football regional semifinals produced some outstanding performances and some shocking outcomes. Here are 10 things that happened Saturday that you need to know about…who else can’t wait for next week?
10 Things We Learned Saturday
1. There will be no No. 11: Defending Division I state champion Cleveland St. Ignatius was booted from the playoffs and had its 25-game win streak snapped by Cleveland Glenville, which forced eight turnovers, en route to a 30-13 win over the Wildcats. It was the sixth time in the last seven years these two teams met in the playoffs. Last year, Ignatius won 8-7 in the regional semifinals on the way to winning its 10th state title.
2. Massillon vs McKinley rematch: That’s right, the Region 2 final boils down to Massillon and McKinley. Just three weeks after facing off in their heated rivalry, the two teams get to do it again….think the schools’ administrators will get along this time? Probably didn’t expect to see each other so soon.
3. The MAC is 9-1: The Midwest Athletic Conference sent five teams to the postseason and four are in the regional finals thanks to wins by Delphos St. John’s and Marion Local in D-VI. The only MAC school that’s been ousted is Anna, which lost to fellow MAC-member Coldwater in the D-V semifinals – in OT.
4. Elder survives: After losing to Cincinnati Moeller and Cincinnati St. Xavier during the regular season, Cincinnati Elder is the only big parochial school from the Queen City left. Who is laughing now? The Panthers. They beat St. X 17-14 in Region 4. Moeller lost last week.
5. No Biggie: Despite bumping up a division this season Anderson is still finding postseason success. The Redskins won the 2007 D-II state title and were runner-up last year. Suddenly they are on the cusp of a D-I state semifinal berth after beating Middletown 41-20.
6. How did they do that? Heading into Saturday’s game with Orrville, Genoa Area had allowed 31 points all year. Somehow Orrville figured out what Genoa’s first 11 opponents couldn’t – how to score. The Red Riders built a 26-8 halftime lead and held on for the 36-35 win.
7. Is anyone going to score on Kettering Alter? The Knights moved one step closer to defending their D-IV state title by shutting out Carlisle 41-0 in Region 16. This comes a week after shutting out Jonathan Alder 42-0 in the first round.
8. O-Geeez: Who saw Ottawa-Glandorf’s 48-3 rout of Pemberville Eastwood coming? No one outside of Ottawa? That’s what I thought. Eastwood’s only previous losses were to Genoa and Patrick Henry. What’s that say about O-G?
9. A-C out: Amanda-Clearcreek, making a return trip to the postseason after a two-year hiatus, was sent packing by Coshocton in D-IV. The Aces lost starting tailback Garren Dilley to a broken leg in the season finale and although they survived Week 11, Week 12 wasn’t so giving. Coshocton a dark horse in D-IV? You bet.
10. Fort Loramie moving on: The Redskins have state titles in boys basketball, baseball and cross country. Now they’re making a push towards one in football. In just its fourth year as a varsity program, Loramie finds itself in the D-VI regional finals thanks to a 63-21 shellacking of South Charleston Southeastern. MAC member Marion Local awaits in the regional final, but Loramie is 2-0 against the MAC this year (wins over Minster and New Bremen).