I’m back on my soapbox. My plea? Let two Midwest Athletic
Conference schools have a chance to make the state final and square off
against each other in Stark County. The conference deserves that opportunity. It’s earned it.
I’m back on my soapbox and hope the OHSAA is listening. My plea? It’s this: If Delphos St. John’s wins the Region 22 title, please don’t make the Blue Jays play the Region 24 winner (either Marion Local or Minster) in the Division VI state semifinals. Let two Midwest Athletic Conference schools have a chance to make the state final and square off against each other in Stark County.
The conference deserves that opportunity. It’s earned it.
The MAC owns a state-best 20 football state titles. Seven of the past eight years alone two MAC teams have made state championship games in their respective divisions and the conference has gone 10-5 in state finals since 2003.
Since 1997 Delphos St. John’s and Marion Local have combined to play in 11 finals over 14 years. They’ve won nine D-VI state titles. DSJ owns six and Marion has three. The Flyers have four state championships total (they won D-V in 2007). Minster won the MAC’s first state title ever in 1989.
D-VI is also the perfect stage for a MAC vs MAC meeting because 11 of the conference’s 20 titles have come in that classification. Since its inception in 1994, there have been 17 D-VI state championship games. MAC teams have played in 14 of them.
To get to the state semifinals next weekend, DSJ has to beat Leipsic (11-1) in the Region 22 final. That won’t be easy. Marion Local plays Minster in a rematch in the Region 24 final.
Should the Blue Jays win, they should be sent to Mansfield or Ashland to face the Region 21 winner (Berlin Center Western Reserve or Shadyside). The Marion Local-Minster survivor should be sent to Columbus to face the Region 23 winner (Beallsville or Buckeye Central).
If the OHSAA did this, there’d be no threat of another 77-6 state championship game, like last year when DSJ beat Shadyside by a record margin. There could however be a D-VI finals attendance record set – MAC fans love to travel.
And just for the record, DSJ and Marion have met three times in state semifinal games, including 2009. We’ve seen that before. Now lets see something different – lets see two MAC teams play each other in December.