Playoff Football: State 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 State Semifinals and what you need to know about each game (including where) – and team.

2009 OHSAA Football Tournaments – State Semifinal Pairings

Division I Semifinals

7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 28

Region 1 vs. Region 2

5 Cleveland Glenville (12-1) vs. 3 Massillon Washington
(10-3), Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium (University of Akron):
All Massillon
has to do to earn its fourth trip to the state championship game is get past
Glenville. Good luck. Of course the Tarblooders needed a little luck themselves
to get by Solon. A blocked PAT and missed Solon field goal in the fourth
quarter helped Glenville reach its second state semifinal in history.

Region 3 vs. Region 4

2 Hilliard Davidson (11-1) vs. 4 Cincinnati Elder (10-2),
Dayton Welcome Stadium:
Davidson and Elder have combined to win three of the
last six D-I state titles and Elder was in the state final last year. Both
teams avenged regular season losses to get here (Davidson beat Dublin Coffman
in the regional final, while Elder ousted St. Xaver in the regional


Division II Semifinals

7:30 p.m. Friday, November 27

Region 5 vs. Region 6

1 Mentor Lake Catholic (12-1) vs. 6 Maple Heights (11-2),
Bedford Bearcat Stadium:
Maple Heights might be the surprise team of the state
tournament – all divisions. The Mustangs have beaten three higher seeded teams
(Toledo Rogers, Toledo Central Catholic and Toledo St. Francis) to get to this
point. Mentor Lake Catholic is looking to make its fourth state championship
and first since 2001. The Cougars are 3-0 in their prior state finals.

Region 7 vs. Region 8

8 Columbus Marion-Franklin (11-2) vs. 2 Cincinnati Winton
Woods (11-2), Centerville Stadium:
There will be some speed on the field when
these two teams meet. Both teams are also making their first appearances in the
state semifinals.


Division III Semifinals

7:30 p.m. Friday, November 27

Region 9 vs. Region 11

1 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (13-0) vs. 1 Steubenville
(12-1), Canton Fawcett Stadium:
For the third year in a row these two powers
meet in the postseason. This is the rubber match.

Region 10 vs. Region 12

1 Columbus St. Francis DeSales (10-3) vs. 2 Cincinnati
Wyoming (13-0), Dayton Welcome Stadium:
Wyoming is in the state semifinals for
the first time since 1998, while DeSales is celebrating its eighth regional
title. Both teams are former state champions.


Division IV Semifinals

7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 28

Region 13 vs. Region 14

1 Chagrin Falls (13-0) vs. 5 Ottawa-Glandorf (11-2), Fremont
Ross Harmon Stadium:
O-G won a state basketball title
two years ago and now is two wins away fro doing the same in football. The
Titans edged Orrville (thanks to a blocked PAT) to win the school’s first ever
football regional title. Chagrin Falls finds itself in the state semifinals
after dropping down to D-IV from D-III this season.

Region 15 vs Region 16

5 Coshocton (11-2) vs. 2 Kettering Archbishop Alter (13-0),
Columbus Hamilton Township Hamilton Field:
The last two weeks Coshocton has
dispatched Amanda-Clearcreek and Ironton. Now the Redskins try to beat a third
straight former state champion. Alter, the defending D-IV state champ, finally
allowed a point in the postseason when it gave up a TD to Clinton-Massie on the
Falcons first possession of the regional final. The Knights responded with 32
straight points of their own.


Division V Semifinal

7:30 p.m. Friday, November 27

Region 17 vs. Region 19

3 Youngstown Ursuline (9-3) vs. 6 West Lafayette Ridgewood
(13-0), Canton Central Catholic Lowell Klinefelter Field:
Ridgewood, despite
being undefeated, will have its hands full against the Irish who are looking to
defend their D-V state title.

Region 18 vs. Region 20

1 Hamler Patrick Henry (13-0) vs. 2 Coldwater (12-1),
Findlay Donnell Stadium:
This game should be a great one. Patrick Henry
finished the season ranked No. 1 in the D-V JJHuddle Power Poll, while
Coldwater spent some time in the top spot as well before a loss to Delphos St.
John’s. The Cavs have come up big with back-to-back OT wins, while the Patriots
survived Defiance Tinora 28-21 last week.


Division VI Semifinals

7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 28

Region 21 vs. Region 23

2 Norwalk St. Paul (13-0) vs. 6 Grove City Christian (12-1),
Ashland Community Stadium:
St. Paul is the team that survived rugged Region 21,
so for that you have to make them the favorites in this game. GCC is looking to
go to the state title game in its first trip to the postseason. The Eagles no
doubt have been aided by the addition of some former South-Western City Schools
(Grove City, Central Crossing, Franklin Heights and Westland high school)

Region 22 vs. Region 24

1 Delphos St. John’s (13-0) vs. 5 Maria Stein Marion Local
(8-5), Wapakoneta Harmon Field:
This game is a rematch of a 35-14 DSJ win in
Week 6. Up until that game, DSJ’s seniors had never beaten Marion Local. Now
they may do it twice in the same season. Since being 3-5 after Week 8, the
Flyers have won five straight. These two teams have combined for seven regional
and four state titles in the last five years.


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