Picking the Playoff Winners in Week 14; See who we say makes the State Finals

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Here’s who we say wins…

Finally. Man beats math. After losing to Drew Pasteur and his Fantastic 50 formulas the last
two weeks, I finally got the better of them. I had 17 winners last week,
while the Fantastic 50 had 16…Click
here to see who we say wins in Week 14.


Finally. Man beats math.

After losing to Drew Pasteur and his Fantastic 50 formulas the last two weeks, I finally got the better of them. I had 17 winners last week, while the Fantastic 50 had 16.

I also maintained an average of 70-percent or better through the playoffs. 
Divisions II and V were my best showings (4-for-4), while D-I wasn’t bad either (3-for-4). I was .500 in Divisions III, IV and VI.

Biggest shocks to me? Probably Buchtel’s domination of Mooney and Shadyside’s shutout of Bridgeport.

I’m sure we’ll see some more of the unexpected this week, but here’s how I see Week 14 wrapping up…

2010 STATE SEMIFINAL PICKS

DIVISION
I

3 Lakewood St. Edward (13-0) vs. 3 Toledo Whitmer (12-1), Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium: ST. EDWARD…Whitmer has plenty of stars, but the Eagles seem to be from a different planet right now.

2 Hilliard Davidson (13-0) vs. 8 Huber Heights Wayne (10-3), Dayton Welcome Stadium: WAYNE…Can the Warriors crack the Wildcats defense? It will be tough, but speaking of different planets, have you seen Wayne QB Braxton Miller lately?


DIVISION
II

2 Mentor Lake Catholic (12-1) vs. 5 Maple Heights (13-0), Solon Stewart Field: MAPLE HEIGHTS…A rematch from last year’s state semifinal that Heights won 21-14. I think there will be more scoring this year but the result will be the same.

3 Uniontown Lake (10-3) vs. 4 Trotwood-Madison (11-2), Gahanna Lincoln Stadium: TROTWOOD-MADISON…The Rams are finally playing like we thought they would at the beginning of the year when we ranked them No. 4 in the preseason Power Poll.


DIVISION
III

4 Akron Buchtel (10-3) vs. 1 Alliance Marlington (13-0), Canton Fawcett Stadium: MARLINGTON…Buchtel’s run is impressive and so is its defense. Can the Griffins stop both Alden Hill and Dymonte Thomas?

1 Columbus Bishop Watterson (11-1) vs. 2 Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas (11-2), Northmont Good Samaritan Stadium:
WATTERSON…Might be low scoring, but Watterson scores more.


DIVISION IV

3 Orrville (10-3) vs. 2 Chagrin Falls (12-1), Medina Ken Dukes Stadium: ORRVILLE…Toss-up, but Orrville has beaten some impressive teams in the postseason (Genoa, Elyria Catholic and Triway) and I think has a slight edge. Chagrin Falls won in this round last year and I wouldn’t be surprised if they did again. Experience at this level is something both teams have. Orrville was D-III state runner-up in basketball back in March.

6 Kettering Archbishop Alter (11-2) vs. 3 Columbus Bishop Hartley (11-2), Piqua Alexander Stadium: ALTER…These teams look a lot a like: punishing run-oriented offense and stout defenses. Can Hartley’s Noah Key out-rush Alter’s stable of options? Great match-up pitting the Greater Catholic League versus the Central Catholic League.


DIVISION
V

1 Youngstown Ursuline (13-0) vs. 4 Lima Central Catholic (12-1), Ashland Community Stadium: URSULINE…LCC might be the Irish’s toughest hurdle en route to a third straight D-V state championship. No offense to Coldwater or Fredericktown, but we’ve had LCC ranked No. 2 in the Power Poll nearly all year for a reason.

2 Fredericktown (13-0) vs. 5 Coldwater (10-3), Columbus St. Francis DeSales Alumni Stadium:
COLDWATER…The Cavaliers are in the state semifinals for the eighth time in 13 years. The Freddies are there for the first time since 1989.


DIVISION
VI

1 Shadyside (12-1) vs. 2 Mogadore (13-0), Steubenville Hardin Stadium: MOGADORE…Wildcat seniors Jake McAvinew and Kodey Chance have Mogadore one step from the program’s eighth state championship game.

2 Sidney Lehman Catholic (12-1) vs. 1 Delphos St. John’s (13-0), Wapakoneta Harmon Field: DELPHOS ST. JOHN’S…The Blue Jays have outscored their playoff opponents 170-55 and have won 40 of their last 43 games. Lehman is DSJ’s toughest remaining hurdle but its one we think the Jays get by. 

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