The third weekend of the Ohio High
School Football Playoffs is underway
and 12 more teams saw their season end Friday. Upsets? Yep. Shockers?
Yep? Final Scores? Yep…it’s all here.
1. Ohio teams can score: Two of the top 10 highest scoring playoff games ever were contested Friday night. Youngstown Mooney’s 70-44 win over Dover in the D-III Region 11 final, ranks as the fourth highest playoff scoring game ever (regardless of round). Bucyrus Wynford’s 54-48 OT win over Lucasville Valley in the D-V Region 19 final is tied for ninth all-time. Earlier this postseason Dover beat Thornville Sheridan 68-53 in the regional quarterfinals in the second highest scoring playoff game ever.
2. Trotwood can play from behind: Tallying just 42 first half yards and down 20-0 after Kings scored on the final play of the second quarter, the Rams rallied for a stunning 35-20 victory in the D-II Region 8 final at Welcome Stadium. The game featured a pair of undefeated and top ranked teams. Trotwood, ranked No. 1, staged its comeback behind a ridiculous fourth quarter that saw it slap 28 points on the board. No. 2 Kings scored all 20 of its points in the second quarter. Trotwood took the lead on Isreal Green’s 33-yard TD run and tacked on insurance TDs by Ashton Jackson (4-yard run) and Michael McCray, whose now returned INTs for TDs in two straight games.
3. Hicksville’s reward is a rematch with Coldwater: The most surprising team in the state semifinals? Hicksville gets some votes. The Aces dominated Patrick Henry 34-7 in the Region 18 final to earn the school’s second state semifinal berth. Hicksville advanced to the D-VI state semis in 2004 before losing to Norwalk St. Paul. The Aces reward for matching history? A rematch with Coldwater. The Cavs beat host Hicksville 51-13 in Week 2. Did we mention Coldwater is looking to reach its third straight Division V state final and fourth title game in five years? They are.
4. Chagrin Valley Conference deserves respect: It was brought to my attention earlier this week by an emailer that I had been picking against the CVC in my weekly playoff picks, that the teams were using that as motivation and that I was in idiot. After tonight – I agree with the later (tenfold). The CVC is looking to place a team in the state championships for the fourth straight season and they still have three possible tickets after Friday. In the D-II Region 5 final Aurora beat Walsh Jesuit 21-14 in OT. In the D-III Region 9 final Chagrin Falls moved one step closer to its third straight state final by handling Akron SVSM 30-12. In the D-V Region 17 final Kirtland manhandled Columbiana Crestview 35-7. Aurora won the 2008 D-III state title, while Chagrin Falls has finished D-IV runner-up the last two years. Impressive indeed.
Regional Final Scores
Aurora 21, Walsh Jesuit 14 (OT)
Avon 35, Tiffin Columbian 21
Marion-Franklin 48, Dresden Tri-Valley 42 (OT)
Trotwood-Madison 35, Kings 20
Chagrin Falls 30, Akron SVSM 12
Elida 30, Columbus Eastmoor 10
Youngstown Mooney 70, Dover 44
Springfield Shawnee 21, Jonathan Alder 10
Kirtland 35, Columbiana Crestview 7
Hicksville 34, Patrick Henry 7
Wynford 54, Lucasville Valley 48 (OT)
Coldwater 28, West Jefferson 6