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Division III Playoff Preview & Picks
Dayton Thurgood Marshall, Chagrin Falls, Akron SVSM
KEEP AN EYE ON:
Napoleon, Bryan, Steubenville
BIGGEST SURPRISE IN WEEK 1
Alter out again: For the second time in as many seasons Alter exited the postseason in the first round. The Knights lost a 35-21 third quarter lead against Springfield Shawnee and fell 42-35 in the Region 12 quarterfinals. The loss was a big blow to the Greater Catholic League, which saw its schools go 0-3 in D-III and IV games (McNicholas and Fenwick also lost).
BEST REGIONAL SEMIFINAL GAME: Napoleon (10-0-1) vs. Bryan (11-0) at Toledo Central Catholic Gallagher Athletic Complex
This is the game everyone in Northwest Ohio has waited to see. Bryan won the Northwest Ohio Athletic League, while Napoleon won the Northern Lakes League. Discrepancies? You bet. The biggest being schedules. Bryan’s NWOAL slate includes four D-V teams and a D-VI school, while Napoleon beat five D-II teams and two D-I teams. Does that matter? We’ll find out soon.
* Millersburg West Holmes (10-1) vs. 3 Steubenville (9-2) at New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium: Intriguing match-up between two polar opposite programs. Steubenville has played in six state championship games over its history. West Holmes is attempting to win its sixth playoff ever.
* Bellevue (10-1) vs. 6 Sandusky Perkins (10-1) at Clyde Robert Bishop Jr. Stadium: Rematch from a Week 1 contest that Bellevue won 27-16. Perkins hasn’t lost since.
REGIONAL SEMIFINAL PICKS:
1 Chagrin Falls (10-1) vs. 5 Ravenna (7-4) at Solon Stewart Field: Chagrin Falls
7 Hubbard (8-3) vs. 6 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (9-2) at Austintown-Fitch Falcon Stadium: Akron SVSM
1 Napoleon (10-0-1) vs. 4 Bryan (11-0) at Toledo Central Catholic Gallagher Athletic Complex: Bryan
2 Bellevue (10-1) vs. 6 Sandusky Perkins (10-1) at Clyde Robert Bishop Jr. Stadium: Bellevue
8 Poland Seminary (8-3) vs. 4 Dover (9-2) at Green Infocision Field: Dover
2 Millersburg West Holmes (10-1) vs. 3 Steubenville (9-2) at New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium: Steubenville
1 Dayton Thurgood Marshall (10-1) vs. 4 Gallipolis Gallia Academy (9-2) at Western Brown HS Kibler Stadium at Larosa’s Field: Thurgood Marshall
7 Springfield Shawnee (8-3) vs. 3 The Plains Athens (10-1) at Hamilton Twp. Alumni Field: Springfield Shawnee
FINAL FOUR PREDICTIONS:
Thurgood Marshall, Chagrin Falls, Bellevue, Dover
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