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D-III Regional Finals Preview & Picks
NATIONAL GUARD JJHUDDLE POWER POLL TEAMS LEFT (5)
1. Thurgood Marshall, 3. Chagrin Falls, 4. Bellevue, 5. Akron SVSM, 8. Napoleon
AP POLL TEAMS LEFT (6)
1. Napoleon, 2. Chagrin Falls, 4. Thurgood Marshall, 6. West Holmes, 7. Bellevue, 9. Akron SVSM
BIGGEST SURPRISE IN WEEK 2
West Holmes dominates Steubenville: The Knights held Big Red to less than 100 yards of total offense and racked up 327 of their own in a convincing 35-7 win in Region 11. Junior RB Layne Perone ran for 134 yards and two TDs as WH scored the game’s final 29 points.
BIGGEST SURPRISE TEAM LEFT
Athens: Despite going 10-1 and earning the school’s second playoff berth ever (and first since 1990) last year, the Bulldogs entered the season lacking respect. Now they’ve earned some – and the school’s first two playoff wins. After beating Circleville in the Region 12 quarterfinals, the Bulldogs rallied to beat last year’s D-III state runner-up Springfield Shawnee 36-35 in the semis. Athens trailed 35-22 in the fourth quarter. This week Athens faces a formidable task in No. 1 ranked Dayton Thurgood Marshall. Athens lone loss this year was a 52-34 setback to Gallia Academy in Week 1. Last week Marshall beat Gallia 69-9.
BEST REGIONAL FINAL GAME
Chagrin Falls (11-1) vs. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (10-2): Chagrin Falls is going for its fourth straight regional title. Standing in its way is Akron SVSM and a rematch of last year’s Region 9 final that CF won 30-12. Since a Week 5 loss to Kenston, CF is averaging 47 points per game. Akron SVSM has scored 103 points in two playoff games.
REGIONAL SEMIFINAL PICKS:
1 Chagrin Falls (11-1) vs. 6 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (10-2) at Solon Stewart Field: Chagrin Falls
1 Napoleon (11-0-1) vs. 2 Bellevue (11-1) at Findlay Donnell Stadium: Napoleon
4 Dover (10-2) vs. 2 Millersburg West Holmes (11-1) at Canton Fawcett Stadium: West Holmes
1 Dayton Thurgood Marshall (11-1) vs. 3 The Plains Athens (11-1) at Reynoldsburg Raider Stadium: Thurgood Marshall
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