The second weekend of the Ohio High School Football Playoffs is in the books. Regional semifinals in Division I, III and V were contested Saturday across the state. Upsets? Yep. Shockers?
Yep? Final Scores? Yep…it’s all here. Click here to see what we learned Saturday.
Five Things We Learned Saturday: Regional Semifinals
1. How many had Wayne and St. Xavier in the Region 4 final? All season long we preached about the depth and talent in Division I Region 4. Now we have our proof. So who made it to the regional final? Colerain? Middletown? LaSalle? Moeller? Nope…none of them. Instead No. 8 seed Huber Heights Wayne will tackle No. 6 seed Cincinnati St. Xavier in the regional final next week. Wayne beat GWOC rival Centerville 36-33 in double OT at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium, while St. X edged top-ranked Colerain 24-23 at Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium. At one point this season, Wayne was 0-2 and St. Xavier was 4-4. Combined the Warriors and Bombers have seven losses.
2. Coldwater’s “down year” a lot better than most program’s “great” years: There was a lot of talk before the season began that this year would be one where Coldwater would take a step back. Coming off the emotional loss of former head coach John Reed and facing a roster lean on experience, most thought the Cavaliers were in trouble. Turns out they weren’t. Under first year head coach Chip Otten and another cast of outstanding players – including sophomore QB Austin Bruns and senior WR Reese Klenke – Coldwater advanced to its fourth straight regional final and seventh in eight years with a 13-7 OT win over Hamilton Badin in a D-V Region 20 semifinal at Sidney High School. The Cavs have also made the playoffs 14 years in a row (ranks second behind Columbus DeSales – 17).
3. Glenville gone: Last season Glenville became the first Cleveland Public School to make the Division I state final. This year despite being ranked nationally and finishing No. 2 in the state in the final JJHuddle D-I Power Poll, the Tarblooders won’t get a chance to make history again. Glenville lost 42-22 to Lakewood St. Edward in a D-I Region 1 semifinal at Parma’s Byers Field.
4. Central Ohio heayweights will meet: All season long the Top 2 teams in Columbus have been Pickerington Central and defending D-I state champion Hilliard Davidson. Now fans will finally get to see the match-up they’ve waited for all fall as the unbeatens square off in the Region 3 final next weekend. Davidson survived a solid Springfield team 9-0 at Ohio Wesleyan, while Pickerington Central had no problem with Westerville South, winning 30-0 at Gahanna Lincoln High School. Davidson averages 36.6 points per game. Pick Central has allowed 47 points all season and has six shutouts.
5. Kirtland gets another shot at Youngstown Ursuline: Two years ago en route to winning its first of back-to-back Division V state titles, Ursuline survived Kirtland 18-17 in the Region 17 final. This year Kirtland gets another crack at the Irish. The Hornets beat Cuyahoga Heights 31-10 at Bedford Bearcat Stadium, while Ursuline beat Creston Norwayne 42-0 at Green Memorial Stadium to set up the rematch. Two years ago Ursuline looked much like it does now – invincible. Kirtland looks an awful lot like its 2008 team as well – undefeated.
SATURDAY’S REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL SCORES
Lakewood St. Edward 42, Cleveland Glenville 22
Solon 41, Austintown-Fitch 0
Toledo St. John’s 24, Medina 6
Toledo Whitmer 35, Twinsburg 14
Hilliard Davidson 9, Springfield 0
Pickerington Central 30, Westerville South 0
Cincinnati St. Xavier 24, Cincinnati Colerain 23
Huber Heights Wayne 36, Centerville 33, 2OT
Akron Buchtel 32, Parma Padua 21
Youngstown Mooney 27, Akron SVSM 20
Columbus Watterson 21, Elida 7
Tiffin Columbian 13, Clyde 7
Alliance Marlington 48, Newark Licking Valley 21
Dover 34, Thornville Sheridan 28, OT
Cincinnati McNicholas 31, St. Bernard Roger Bacon 14
Eaton 41, Springfield Shawnee 21
Kirtland 31, Cuyahoga Heights 10
Youngstown Ursuline 42, Creston Norwayne 0
Jeromesville Hillsdale 48, Hamler Patrick Henry 41
Lima Central Catholic 35, Archbold 14
Fredericktown 36, Wheelersburg 13
Oak Hill 31, Minford 27
Coldwater 13, Hamilton Badin 7, OT
West Jefferson 24, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 12