It’s that time of year again. Time for the fun and games of the regular season to end, and what most people refer to as the “second season” to begin.
It’s time for high school state playoff football
The state of Ohio released its first round pairings tonight, and we are going to start by taking a look and Division I.
(8) Mayfield at (1) St. Edward
(7) Austintown Fitch at (2) St. Ignatius
(6) North Royalton at (3) Willoughby South
(5) Warren Harding at (4) Mentor
Most intriguing first round game…. St. Edward, St. Ignatius and Mentor should have their way pretty easily in the first round. The North Royalton v.s Willoughby South game should blow up the scoreboard. Between Travis Tarnowski and the Bears offense, and Kareem Hunt and the Rebels offense, the “over-under” of this game should be about 80 points.
(8) Nordonia at (1) Massillon
(7) Avon Lake at (2) Toledo Whitmer
(6) Hudson at (3) Canton GlenOak
(5) Canton McKinley at (4) North Canton Hoover
Most intriguing first round game…. Hudson at GlenOak. Can Hudson star Ben Gideon get a playoff win before heading off to play at Michigan?
(8) Westerville South at (1) Hilliard Darby
(7) Hilliard Davidson at (2) Dublin Coffman
(6) Dublin Scioto at (3) Lewis Center Olentangy
(5) Pickerington Central at (4) Pickerington North
Most intriguing first round game…. While the “Battle of Pickerington” may look great on paper, the most interesting game is Hilliard Davidson at Dublin Coffman. The Shamrocks of Coffman have been ranked in the top five in the state rankings all year, but two time state champions Davidson provides a challenge as they run the “Wing T” offense. An offense that is difficult to prepare for.
(8) Cincinnati St. Xavier at (1) Cincinnati Colerain
(7) Lakota East at (2) Springboro
(6) Huber Heights Wayne at (3) Cincinnati Moeller
(5) Cincinnati Sycamore at (4) Cincinnati Elder
Most intriguing first round game…. Easily St. Xavier at Colerain. These two teams met during the regular season and Colerain escaped with a victory. St. Xavier has played by far the more difficult schedule, and this first round game will have the feel of a regional final more so than a first round game.
The action gets started on Saturday night, and should prove to be something exciting, with many very competitive first round games.