first night of the Ohio High School Football Playoffs is in the books
and so is the season for 48 more teams. Upsets? Yep. Shockers?
Yep? Final Scores? Yep…it’s all here.
What We Learned…
1. Don’t draw a Midwest Athletic Conference team in the first round: Word of warning for teams in Division V and VI next year – don’t draw a MAC team in the first round. If you do you are going home. Friday, Coldwater and Versailles both won Division V Region 20 road games by the combined score of 79-28. That makes the MAC’s all-time record in regional quarterfinals against non-MAC opponents a staggering 45-1. Coldwater beat Covington 31-7, while Versailles (a No. 8 seed) beat No. 1 seed West Liberty-Salem 48-21. MAC teams Marion Local, Delphos St. John’s and Minster all face non-conference opponents in the D-VI regional quarterfinals Saturday. As far as the second round goes, the MAC is 48-6 all-time in Regional Semifinals against non-MAC teams.
2. There will be a new state champion in Division II: Maple Heights, which has played in the last two D-II state finals, fell 22-12 to East Cleveland Shaw. The Mustangs were riding a 23-game win streak until losing their season finale 20-12 to Cleveland Heights. Now MH is on a two-game slide.
3. D-V is wide open: Biggest upset of the night? How about in D-V Region 18 where Findlay Liberty-Benton toppled No. 1 ranked Lima Central Catholic. The Eagles beat the T-Birds 45-35 and turned D-V in to total chaos. With LCC out and Youngstown Ursuline not in the playoffs, the division is anyone’s to win.
4. Trotwood-Madison solidified itself as the favorite for the D-II title: With Howland and Maple Heights bowing out and Kings struggling (beat Harrison 10-7), Trotwood-Madison reaffirmed itself as the state title favorite in D-II with a 53-7 win over Hamilton Ross. Trotwood led 27-0 less the six minutes into the game and had more points than Ross had total yards until late in the third quarter. Trotwood returned two blocked punts for TDs.
5. Kent Roosevelt’s ride continues: Need a team to cheer for? Here’s one. Kent Roosevelt lost BCS prospect and team leader Ryan Anderson before the season to a rare form of bone cancer. Anderson, a standout OL and one of Ohio’s Top 35 prospects before his diagnosis, saw his bright football future end before his senior season even began. Roosevelt, learning to adjust to Anderson on the sideline and not in the huddle, dropped its first game to Canfield 42-21. Since then, though, the Rough Riders have responded with 10 straight wins, including Friday’s 21-7 home victory over undefeated and No. 3 ranked Howland.
6. Thurgood Marshall’s first playoff win a memorable one: Led by senior RB Tavonn Crisp who ran for four TDs, No. 10 ranked Dayton Thurgood Marshall won the first playoff game in program history with a 35-27 win over undefeated and No. 3 ranked Kettering Alter in a D-III Region 12 semifinal. The game, played at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, was the first ever hosted by a Dayton City League school. Thurgood Marshall’s only other playoff appearance came in 2006 when the school was known as Colonel White. Oh yeah…Marshall’s only loss? 35-21 to Trotwood-Madison in Week 1.
Regional Final Scores
Aurora 45, Madison 20
Avon 45, Medina Highland 24
Cincinnati Turpin 24, Tipp City Tippecanoe 21
Columbus Marion-Franklin 34, Columbus Brookhaven 28
Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 35, Chesterland West Geauga 0
Dresden Tri-Valley 48, New Carlisle Tecumseh 30
East Cleveland Shaw 22, Maple Heights 12
Kent Roosevelt 30, Warren Howland 21
Kings Mills Kings 10, Harrison 7
New Albany 51, Ashland 37
Sunbury Big Walnut 14, Columbus Beechcroft 7
Tallmadge 14, New Philadelphia 7
Tiffin Columbian 25, Sandusky 20
Toledo Central Catholic 48, Olmsted Falls 19
Trotwood-Madison 53, Hamilton Ross 7
Wapakoneta 24, Franklin 13
Chagrin Falls 66, Oberlin Firelands 14
Clyde 27, Napoleon 7
Columbus DeSales 35, Caledonia River Valley 0
Columbus Eastmoor 14, Urbana 0
Dayton Thurgood Marshall 35, Kettering Alter 27
Dover 68, Thornville Sheridan 53
Elida 54, Bellevue 20
Jackson 27, Athens 7
Mentor Lake Catholic 47, Cleveland Benedictine 21
Minerva 29, Poland Seminary 28
Plain City Jonathan Alder 35, Circleville Logan Elm 21
Ravenna 42, Ravenna SE 35
Springfield Shawnee 64, Cincinnati Taft 8
Steubenville 68, Wintersville Indian Creek 13
Youngstown Mooney 42, Canal Fulton Northwest 22
Ashland Crestview 45, Columbus Grandview Hts. 29
Bucyrus Wynford 33, Smithville 6
Coldwater 31, Covington 7
Columbiana Crestview 44, Cuyahoga Hts. 20
Findlay Liberty-Benton 45, Lima Central Catholic 35
Hamler Patrick Henry 49, Northwood 28
Hicksville 28, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 7
Kirtland 49, Columbiana 8
Liberty Center 28, Carey 0
Louisville Aquinas 34, Woodsfield Monroe Central 12
Lucasville Valley 28, West Lafayette Ridgewood 21
Marion Pleasant 79, Cincinnati Summit Country Day 7
Portsmouth West 18, Nelsonville-York 12
Sugarcreek Garaway 32, New Middletown Springfield 14
Versailles 48, West Liberty-Salem 21
West Jefferson 40, Frankfort Adena 13