Ohio Preps Rdp.: Playoff Preview

Akron Garfield's Chris Wells, an OSU verbal, wrapped up his career with a Herculean effort against Akron Buchtel. We have details on Wells' last game as well as all the key developments in Week 10 of Ohio high school football. Plus, we have a list of teams still undefeated as well as complete playoff pairings, notes on each division and picks for each region and state title. Click this free link for more.

We look back at the key games from Week 10 of the Ohio high school football season. Plus, we look ahead at the match-ups for the regional quarterfinal round of the state football playoffs. We also have a list of those schools still unbeaten through Week 10. (Note: All rankings are from the new ONN/JJHuddle.com Power Poll released Monday.)

Week 10 Highlights

* Canton McKinley, ranked fourth in Division I, downed No. 10 Massillon Washington 38-8 before 24,242 fans at Fawcett Stadium in the 113th rendition of the rivalry between these two storied programs. This game, however, marked the first time since 1964 that the teams were both undefeated.

McKinley junior RB Morgan Williams led the Bulldogs with 234 rushing yards on 40 carries. He also scored four touchdowns. The McKinley defense was just as impressive, forcing four interceptions and limiting Massillon junior tailback Brian Gamble to 47 yards on 15 carries. Williams now has 1,935 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns.

McKinley coach Brian Cross improved to 3-0 against Massillon, whom the Bulldogs may see again in a regional final Nov. 19. Massillon still holds the all-time series lead at 59-49-8.

* A year after being shut out of the playoffs with a 9-1 record, Clayton Northmont got in at 8-2 after a 35-14 win over Troy. Junior QB Clay Belton completed 22 of 35 passes for 306 yards and five TDs. He has now thrown for 2,425 yards and 26 TDs this season. Belton's scores went to four different receivers with Justin Watkins catching two. OSU verbal CB Kurt Coleman also plays for Northmont.

* Piqua junior RB Brandon Saine had 18 carries for 149 yards and five TDs in a 41-25 win over Vandalia Butler.

* Kettering Alter's Joe Braner had two interceptions, including a 30-yard return for a TD, in a 31-24 win over Dayton Chaminade-Julienne.

* Springboro, ranked fourth in Division II, defeated Franklin 42-6. OSU verbal TE Jake Ballard returned from a recent injury and had a TD catch.

* West Chester Lakota West stopped Liberty Twp. Lakota East 30-27 in overtime before a crowd of 8,000. Lakota West junior QB Dustin Huff had the game-winning 1-yard TD run in overtime and also passed for 177 yards and a school record tying 3 TDs. OSU verbal WR Josh Chichester had two catches for 28 yards and also logged time on defense. For the year, Chichester had 36 catches for 726 yards and seven TDs. Lakota West ended up 7-3.

* Cincinnati St. Xavier, ranked No. 2 in Division I, avenged a playoff loss to Cincinnati Moeller from a year ago with a 31-7 win before 15,285 fans at Paul Brown Stadium. Sophomore Darius Ashley had TD runs of 7 and 2 yards, while QB Brad Scherer ran for a score and threw for one.

* In the other half of the doubleheader at PBS, Cincinnati Colerain extended its Greater Miami Conference winning streak to 44 games dating to October 1999 with a 58-7 win over Cincinnati Oak Hills. Colerain, ranked third in Division I, saw junior QB Gary Pride rush for 131 yards and a touchdown and pass for another TD. OSU verbals OL Connor Smith and LB Tyler Moeller play for the Cardinals.

* In a battle of winless teams, Amelia stopped Walnut Hills 12-0. The win snapped Amelia's 30-game losing streak. Amelia's last win was over Northwest on Oct. 18, 2002, a 27-20 victory. Zach Weyandt and Ryan Johnson each had 2-yard scoring runs for Amelia.

* Cincinnati LaSalle QB Tyler Sheehan threw for two TDs and ran for a score in a 65-6 win over Cincinnati Woodward.

* Fairfield RB Antoine Moore had 20 carries for 232 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Hamilton. Fairfield joined Colerain in clinching a share of the Greater Miami Conference title. Derek Ball passed for 201 yards and two touchdowns for the Indians.

* Cincinnati Indian Hill QB Mike Scherpenberg passed for four touchdowns to help the Braves defeat Cincinnati Purcell Marian 35-0 and improve to 10-0 for the first time since 1970. Indian Hill Senior wide receiver Jake Kendall had 11 catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns and an 88-yard kickoff return for a score for Indian Hill.

* Cincinnati Winton Woods needed overtime to defeat Mason 33-27. Senior halfback Erik Jones had two touchdowns, including the 20-yard game-winner in overtime, for Winton Woods. Junior fullback Hoesa Simpson also had two touchdowns, totaling 178 yards on 25 carries. For the year, Simpson now has 1,578 yards and 23 TDs on 189 carries.

* Toledo Central Catholic knocked off Toledo St. John's 27-21 to claim its first Toledo City League title in 23 years. A crowd of 4,000 attended the game at the Glass Bowl. Kevin Jansen completed 8 of 15 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns, complementing tailback Chris Willis, who carried 34 times for 103 yards and a TD. Jansen also had a key interception on defense.

* OSU verbal Chris Wells of Akron Garfield saw his fine prep career come to an end with a 42-28 loss to rival Akron Buchtel in a game to decide the Akron City Series title at the Rubber Bowl. Wells did not go down without a fight, accumulating 355 yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries in the final game of his high school career.

"We're not going to see another back in life like Chris Wells,'' said Buchtel coach Claude Brown.

Wells opened the game with a 72-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage to give the Rams a 7-0 lead. Wells also had TD runs of 4, 78 and 53 yards. He ended his senior year with 223 carries for 2,134 yards with 27 TDs. Garfield was 5-5.

"Nobody can ever question his heart,'' said Garfield coach Bob Sax. "He got pounded, taking several hits on each carry, but he put on a show and showed why he's going to Ohio State."

Buchtel RB Earnest Pitts had 126 yards and three TDs on 28 carries.

* Senior RB Delone Carter scored five touchdowns and rushed for 286 yards to lead host Copley to a 35-21 win over Medina Highland. Carter now has 2,443 yards and 43 TDs on the year.

* Akron Central-Hower won its final football game, prevailing 38-23 over Akron Firestone. Sophomore running back Joey Wells and senior running back Dierre Burt both scored two touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a City Series win in the school's final football game. Firestone senior Demetrius Williams rushed for a game-high 191 yards to push his season total to 1,010 yards.

* Tallmadge, ranked third in Division II, defeated Medina Cloverleaf 35-14. Jamel Miller scored four touchdowns and rushed for 193 yards to help host Tallmadge win the Suburban League title and complete a perfect regular season.

* Macedonia Nordonia junior Jordan Mabin intercepted a Hudson pass with 54 seconds left to seal a 17-13 win. Mabin also rushed for 108 yards and a TD on 23 carries.

* Lakewood St. Edward, ranked fifth in Division I, gutted out a 41-38 three overtime win over rival Cleveland Benedictine. St. Edward, which won it on an 18-yard touchdown run by junior tailback Frank Edmonds, closed its regular season at 9-0. Edmonds rushed for 311 yards and three TDs on 37 carries, giving him 1,504 yards and 16 TDs on the year. Benedictine RB Jahmal Brown, a cousin to St. Ed junior DB Nate Oliver, had 165 yards and five TDs on 32 carries, giving him 1,189 yards and 18 TDs for the year. Benedictine, the two-time defending Division III state champions, still got into the playoffs with a 4-5 mark.

* Cleveland Glenville, ranked No. 1 in Division I, wrapped up its ninth straight Senate League title with a 63-6 win over Cleveland JFK. QB Arvell Nelson completed 8 of 11 passes for 155 yards and four touchdowns, with four of those receptions going to Daven Jones for 115 yards and three touchdowns. Bruce Frieson gained 213 yards on 17 carries and scored four times. Ray Small added an INT for the Tarblooders. Nelson has now thrown for 1,796 yards and 28 TDs.

* Solon, ranked No. 6 in Division I, defeated Mayfield 28-0. RB Brandon Shimits rushed 28 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 1,696 yards and 23 TDs this year.

* Avon Lake, ranked No. 1 in Division II, wrapped up a 10-0 season with a 21-14 win over Amherst Steele. It was Avon Lake's 36th straight regular season win. Chris Rau had 120 yards rushing, including a 77-yard TD, for Avon Lake. Amherst's Alex Knipp had 130 yards and 1 TD, allowing him to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark for the second straight year. He has 2,007 yards and 26 TDs.

* Steubenville, ranked No. 1 in Division III, completed its third straight unbeaten regular season with a 34-12 victory over Youngstown Rayen. It marks the 17th undefeated regular season in Steubenville history and the ninth under long-time coach Reno Saccoccia. Quarterback Zach Collaros threw for 149 yards and two TDs to wideout Sam Busic and also had a 1-yard TD run for the Big Red.

* Dola Hardin Northern, ranked No. 1 in Division VI, defeated Findlay Liberty-Benton 21-13 in a battle of unbeatens that yieleded Hardin Northern the Blanchard Valley Conference title. Liberty-Benton dropped from third to ninth in the Division V poll with the loss. T.J. Ratliff caught a 77-yard TD with 11:03 left in the second quarter and added a 57-yard punt return less than three minutes later for Hardin Northern, the defending D-VI state champion. It was the 15th straight win for Hardin Northern.

* In another battle of unbeatens, Newark Licking Valley blanked New Albany 16-0 to win the Mid-State League Ohio Division title. Licking Valley is ranked second in Division II, while New Albany fell from fourth to ninth with the loss. Freshman running back Storm Klein ran 37 times for 163 yards. He also caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Chase Ashcraft, who completed 10 of 13 passes for 156 yards.

* Columbus Brookhaven moved to 9-1 and won the City League North Division title with a 35-18 win over Columbus Mifflin. WR Jeff Cumberland had four catches for 128 yards and two TDs (25 and 58 yards) for Brookhaven.

* Columbus Independence RB Jacob Ramsey carried 18 times for 288 yards and four TDs in a 43-8 win over Columbus Walnut Ridge.

* Westerville South junior QB Rocco Pentello completed 11 of 16 passes for 129 yards and three TDs and also rushed for 123 yards and one TD on nine carries in a 41-6 win over Grove City Central Crossing.

* Columbus DeSales' A.J. Kaltenbach scored on a 50-yard run with 1:16 left as the Stallions rallied to defeat host Ironton 24-16. Ironton dropped to 8-2, while the win helped DeSales (6-4) snag a Division III playoff berth. David Knapke returned an interception 54 yards for a touchdown with five seconds left to end the final drive for Ironton.

* Columbus Watterson, ranked seventh in Division II, defeated Youngstown Mooney 38-20. Billy Griffin completed 12 of 19 passes for 251 yards and four touchdowns and Watterson. Jason Ferrell finished with six catches for 149 yards and a TD for Watterson. Nate Burney ran for 224 yards and three touchdowns for Mooney.

* Hilliard Davidson, ranked seventh in Division I, defeated Thomas Worthington 31-6. Christen Haywood rushed for 138 yards in less than three quarters and scored on a 23-yard run in the first quarter. Davidson won the Ohio Capital Conference Buckeye Division title and completed a perfect regular season.

* Westerville North took a wild 30-27 win over Galloway Westland. Terry Tyree threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes — including an 80-yard pass to I.K. Emeaghara with 2:16 left — and North overcame a 27-10 deficit in the final quarter to beat Westland. Tyree completed 20 of 33 passes for 360 yards and four TDs. Kasey Wendal ran 29 times for 301 yards and four TDs for Westland.

* Worthington Kilbourne got back into the Division I playoffs after a 41-20 win over Mount Vernon. Jordan Gafford ran for two touchdowns and threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Cory Kovanda as Kilbourne, a state final four team a year ago, clinched the OCC Central title.

* Bellaire, ranked No. 2 in Division IV, avenged a pair of losses to neighborhood rival Martins Ferry with a 35-0 win. QB Nate Davis completed 13 of 23 passes for 215 yards and four TDs against one interception. For the year, Davis has rushed for 290 yards and six TDs and also completed 124 of 206 passes for 1,949 yards and 28 TDs against just six interceptions. The Big Reds moved to 10-0.

* Coldwater, ranked No. 1 in Division IV, also improved to 10-0 and won its second straight Midwest Athletic Conference title with a 35-21 win over Delphos St. John's. OSU verbal RB Ross Homan had 224 yards rushing and four TDs, including a 91-yarder, for Coldwater. DSJ fell to 8-2 and dropped one spot to fifth in the Division VI poll.

* Washington C.H. Miami Trace completed an 8-2 season and wrapped up the South Central Ohio League title with a 41-0 win over rival Washington C.H. QB Miles Schlichter completed 8 of 13 passes for 220 yards and four TDs, two of those going to Dominique Smith, who also rushed for 106 yards and a TD.

* A total of five previously undefeated teams fell last weekend. In addition to Massillon Washington, New Albany and Findlay Liberty-Benton, Convoy Crestview fell to Paulding 40-24 and Columbiana lost to Columbiana Crestview 35-14.

They're Still Unbeaten

Twenty-nine Ohio high school teams remained undefeated through the end of the regular season.

All of these teams are 10-0 unless noted; Region number in parentheses.

* Division I (6 teams) -- Solon (1), Cleveland Glenville (1), Lakewood St. Edward (1, 9-0), Canton McKinley (2), Hilliard Davidson (3), Cincinnati St. Xavier (4).

* Division II (8 teams) -- Tallmadge (5), Maple Heights (5), Willoughby South (5), Avon Lake (6), Louisville (7), Canfield (7), Springboro (8), Cincinnati Mount Healthy (8).

* Division III (5 teams) -- Youngstown Liberty (9), Steubenville (11), Medina Buckeye (11), Newark Licking Valley (11), Cincinnati Indian Hill (12).

* Division IV (2 teams) -- Coldwater (14), Bellaire (15).

* Division V (5 teams) -- North Lima South Range (17), Hamler Patrick Henry (18), Bucyrus Wynford (18), Haviland Wayne Trace (18), Cincinnati Hills Christian (20).

* Division VI (3 teams) -- Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (22), Mechanicsburg (24), Dola Hardin Northern (24).

Regional Quarterfinals Pairings

Some 192 Ohio prep teams advance to postseason play, 32 in six different divisions. The playoffs open this weekend with regional quarterfinal match-ups on the home sites – where available – of the top four teams in the computer rankings from each region.

Highlighting the second weekend of the playoffs will be Division I regional semifinal doubleheaders at Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium and Cleveland Browns Stadium. Those twin-bills are each scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Nov. 12.

The playoffs will continue through the six state title games set for Dec. 2-3 in Stark County. The state title game schedule:

Dec. 2: Division III at Massillon, 11 a.m.; D-V at Canton, 3 p.m.; D-II at Massillon, 7 p.m.

Dec. 3: D-IV at Canton, 11 a.m.; D-VI at Massillon, 3 p.m.; D-I at Canton, 7 p.m.

Here are the first-round pairings in each division, plus some notables (Note: exact times and sites for some games subject to change):


All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday

Region 1

(8) Shaker Hts. (6-4) vs. (1) Lakewood St. Edward (9-0) at Lakewood Stadium

(5) Lyndhurst Brush (7-3) at (4) N. Olmsted (8-2)

(7) Cle. St. Ignatius (5-4) at (2) Solon (10-0)

(6) Euclid (7-3) vs. (3) Cle. Glenville (10-0) at Bedford

Region 2

(8) Brunswick (9-1) at (1) Can. McKinley (10-0)

(5) Elyria (8-2) vs. (4) Tol. St. John's (8-2) at Toledo Rogers

(7) Sylvania Northview (8-2) at (2) Findlay (9-1)

(6) N. Can. Hoover (7-3) at (3) Massillon Washington (9-1)

Region 3

(8) Upper Arlington (6-4) at (1) Hilliard Davidson (10-0)

(5) Cols. Brookhaven (9-1) at (4) Grove City (7-3)

(7) Worthington Kilbourne (7-3) at (2) Lancaster (7-3)

(6) Newark (8-2) at (3) Gahanna Lincoln (6-4)

Region 4

(8) Fairfield (8-2) at (1) Cin. St. Xavier (10-0)

(5) Cin. Colerain (9-1) vs. (4) Cin. Glen Este (9-1) at Mason

(7) Cin. Moeller (6-4) at (2) Huber Hts. Wayne (9-1)

(6) Clayton Northmont (8-2) at (3) Centerville (9-1)

Division I Notables: Colerain is back as the defending champion, but must travel for its opening game. The Cardinals have a possible second-round match-up with St. X, which dealt Colerain its only loss (7-0) in the season opener … Brookhaven could be dangerous in Region 3, coming off a Division II state title win last year. The Bearcats only loss was to Glenville … As always Region 1 and Region 2 are stacked with great teams and great players. Whoever gets hot there could go all the way. Glenville beat St. Ignatius and St. Ed to win the region last year, only to lose to McKinley in a state semifinal ... St. Ignatius, with several key players hurt, has to be a long shot to bring home state title No. 10.

Regional Picks: Glenville, McKinley, Brookhaven, St. X.

State Title Game: Glenville over St. X.


All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 5

(8) Bedford (7-3) at (1) Tallmadge (10-0)

(5) Parma Normandy (8-2) at (4) Copley (8-2)

(7) Olmsted Falls (8-2) at (2) Willoughby S. (10-0)

(6) Akr. Hoban (8-2) at (3) Maple Hts. (10-0)

Region 6

(8) Lewis Center Olentangy (7-3) at (1) Avon Lake (10-0)

(5) Tol. Rogers (7-3) at (4) Powell Olentangy Liberty (9-1)

(7) Tiffin Columbian (8-2) vs. (2) Tol. Cent. Cath. (9-1) at Toledo Waite

(6) Mansfield Madison (7-3) vs. (3) Sylvania Southview (8-2) at Sylvania Northview

Region 7

(8) Dublin Jerome (6-4) at (1) Louisville (10-0)

(5) New Philadelphia (9-1) at (4) Dublin Scioto (7-3)

(7) Cols. Beechcroft (8-2) at (2) Canfield (10-0)

(6) Cols. Marion-Franklin (9-1) at (3) Cols. Watterson (9-1)

Region 8

(8) Cin. Winton Woods (7-3) at (1) Springboro (10-0)

(5) Wilmington (7-3) at (4) Washington C.H. Miami Trace (8-2)

(7) W. Carrollton (6-4) at (2) Cin. Mount Healthy (10-0)

(6) Day. Carroll (8-2) at (3) Kings Mills Kings (9-1)

Division II Notables: There will be a new champion with Brookhaven moving up to D-I. Avon Lake, last year's runner-up, could be the pick but the Shoremen have struggled at times in their 10-0 season … Unbeaten Maple Heights may be a team to watch in Region 5 … Dublin Scioto drops down from D-I and could be the pick in Region 7 … Springboro is the class of Region 8.

Regional Picks: Tallmadge, Avon Lake, Louisville, Springboro.

State Title Game Pick: Avon Lake over Springboro.


All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 9

(8) Cle. Benedictine (4-5) vs. (1) Mentor Lake Cath. (9-1) at Mentor

(5) Youngs. Liberty (10-0) vs. (4) Parma Hts. Holy Name (8-2) at Brooklyn

(7) Richfield Revere (6-4) at (2) Aurora (9-1)

(6) Ravenna SE (9-1) vs. (3) Akr. Buchtel (8-2) at Akron Rubber Bowl

Region 10

(8) Tipp City Tippecanoe (7-3) at (1) Clyde (9-1)

(5) Day. Chaminade-Julienne (6-4) at (4) Napoleon (8-2)

(7) Kenton (7-3) at (2) Spring. Shawnee (9-1)

(6) Eaton (8-2) vs. (3) Kettering Alter (8-2) at Kettering Fairmont

Region 11

(8) Lisbon Beaver Local (8-2) at (1) Steubenville (10-0)

(5) Cambridge (9-1) at (4) Canal Fulton NW (8-2)

(7) Dover (7-3) at (2) Newark Licking Valley (10-0)

(6) New Concord John Glenn (8-2) at (3) Medina Buckeye (10-0)

Region 12

(8) St. Bernard Roger Bacon (6-4) at (1) Cin. Indian Hill (10-0)

(5) Thornville Sheridan (7-3) at (4) Gallipolis Gallia (8-2)

(7) Lancaster Fairfield Union (7-3) at (2) New Albany (9-1)

(6) Hillsboro (8-2) at (3) Cols. DeSales (6-4)

Division III Notables: Benedictine, the defending champ and a six-time state champ, gets in with a losing record and faces MLC, which beat the Bengals 41-27 in Week 2. The winner of that game has to believe it can go all the way … Steubenville and Licking Valley could be a dynamite Region 11 final … Columbus DeSales could be a team to watch in Region 12.

Regional Picks: Mentor Lake Catholic, Clyde, Steubenville, Cincinnati Indian Hill.

State Title Game Pick: Mentor Lake Catholic over Cincinnati Indian Hill.


All games at 7 p.m. Saturday

Region 13

(8) Cuyahoga Falls CVCA (6-3) vs. (1) Youngs. Mooney (8-2) at Youngstown State Stambaugh Stadium

(5) Garrettsville Garfield (9-1) at (4) Akr. Manchester (9-1)

(7) Can. Cent. Cath. (7-3) at (2) Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley (9-1)

(6) Akr. St. Vincent-St. Mary (6-4) at (3) Orrville (6-4)

Region 14

(8) Tontogany Otsego (9-1) at (1) Ottawa-Glandorf (9-1)

(5) Marion Elgin (9-1) at (4) Huron (9-1)

(7) Elyria Cath. (8-2) at (2) Coldwater (10-0)

(6) W. Milton Milton-Union (8-2) at (3) Bellville Clear Fork (7-3)

Region 15

(8) Chillicothe Zane Trace (9-1) at (1) Bellaire (10-0)

(5) Cols. Hartley (8-2) at (4) New Lexington (8-2)

(7) Ironton Rock Hill (9-1) at (2) Ironton (8-2)

(6) Williamsport Westfall (8-2) at (3) Zanesville W. Muskingum (8-2)

Region 16

(8) Cin. Mariemont (6-4) at (1) Germantown Valley View (9-1)

(5) Cin. Wyoming (7-3) at (4) Clarksville Clinton-Massie (8-2)

(7) Cin. Maderia (6-4) at (2) Lemon-Monroe (9-1)

(6) Blanchester (8-2) at (3) Plain City Jonathan Alder (9-1)

Division IV Notables: Defending champion Youngstown Mooney is the top seed and, with five state titles, is the team to beat in Region 13 … Coldwater is the state's top-ranked team in D-IV, but Region 14 will be hard to negotiate with Elyria Catholic, Huron and Ottawa-Glandorf all lurking … Bellaire got the Martins Ferry monkey off its back. It would be a classic Region 15 final for the Big Reds to meet Ironton … Region 16 is wide open.

Regional Picks: Youngstown Mooney, Coldwater, Bellaire, Plain City Jonathan Alder.

State Title Game Pick: Youngstown Mooney over Coldwater.


All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 17

(8) Rittman (7-3) at (1) N. Lima S. Range (10-0)

(5) Columbiana Crestview (9-1) at (4) Smithville (9-1)

(7) W. Salem NW (8-2) at (2) Barnesville (8-2)

(6) W. Lafayette Ridgewood (9-1) vs. (3) Warren JFK (9-1) at Warren Harding

Region 18

(8) Bloomdale Elmwood (7-3) at (1) Hamler Patrick Henry (10-0)

(5) Gates Mills Gilmour (8-2) at (4) Haviland Wayne Trace (10-0)

(7) Rocky River Lutheran W. (8-2) at (2) Bucyrus Wynford (10-0)

(6) Convoy Crestview (9-1) at (3) Findlay Liberty-Benton (9-1)

Region 19

(8) Frankfort Adena (7-3) vs. (1) Cols. Ready (8-2) at Galloway Westland

(5) Cols. Grandview Hts. (9-1) at (4) Lucasville Valley (9-1)

(7) Nelsonville-York (7-3) at (2) Howard E. Knox (9-1)

(6) Centerburg (8-2) at (3) Wheelersburg (8-2)

Region 20

(8) Marion Pleasant (8-2) at (1) Cin. Hills Christian (10-0)

(5) Arcanum (9-1) at (4) Lees Creek E. Clinton (8-2)

(7) Anna (9-1) vs. (2) Cin. Harmony (9-1) at Cin. Princeton

(6) Versailles (9-1) vs. (3) Lima Cent. Cath. (9-1) at Lima Senior

Division V Notables: Defending champ St. Henry did not qualify … Warren JFK could be a dark horse in Region 17 … Region 18 may be the toughest in any division with the three unbeatens. Hamler Patrick Henry enters as the division's top-ranked team … Perennial playoff contenders Marion Pleasant (three titles) and Versailles are lurking as low seeds in Region 20. Versailles has six titles and its only loss was to D-IV No. 1 Coldwater.

Regional Picks: Smithville, Hamler Patrick Henry, Columbus Ready, Versailles.

State Title Game Pick: Versailles over Hamler Patrick Henry.


All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday

Region 21

(8) Vienna Mathews (7-3) at (1) Columbiana (9-1)

(5) Dalton (6-4) at (4) Mineral Ridge (8-2)

(7) Mogadore (7-3) at (2) Cle. Cuyahoga Hts. (9-1)

(6) Thompson Ledgemont (9-1) vs. (3) Steubenville Cath. Cent. (7-3) at Steubenville Harding Stadium

Region 22

(8) Crestline (8-2) at (1) Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (10-0)

(5) Tol. Ottawa Hills (8-2) at (4) Monroeville (7-3)

(7) Sandusky St. Mary (6-4) at (2) Liberty Center (9-1)

(6) Sycamore Mohawk (7-3) at (3) Norwalk St. Paul (8-2)

Region 23

(8) Beallsville (6-4) vs. (1) Lancaster Fisher Cath. (9-1) at Lancaster Fairfield Union

(5) Newark Cath. (7-3) at (4) Caldwell (7-3)

(7) Crown City S. Gallia (6-4) at (2) Hannibal River (7-3)

(6) Willow Wood Symmes Valley (7-3) at (3) Shadyside (8-2)

Region 24

(8) Maria Stein Marion Local (7-3) at (1) Mechanicsburg (10-0)

(5) Delphos St. John's (8-2) at (4) Covington (9-1)

(7) DeGraff Riverside (7-3) at (2) Dola Hardin Northern (10-0)

(6) Waynesfield-Goshen (9-1) at (3) Spring. Cath. Cent. (9-1)

Division VI Notables: Defending champion Dola Hardin Northern is back as the two-seed in Region 24, where unbeaten Mechanicsburg could give the Polar Bears a run for their money … Watch out for Liberty Center in Region 22 and Newark Catholic (seven titles) in Region 23 ... Delphos St. John's, with three titles, is also in the hunt in Region 24.

Regional Picks: Steubenville Catholic Central, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon, Lancaster Fisher Catholic, Dola Hardin Northern.

State Title Game Pick: Dola Hardin Northern over Bascom Hopewell-Loudon.

OSU Verbals Outside Ohio

* Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County improved to 7-3 and won its third straight region title with a 48-6 win over Northeast Macon. Antonio Henton, an OSU verbal, plays QB. Teammate Chris Slaughter had four catches for 102 yards and three TDs. Peach County begins Region 4-AAA playoff action against Cross Creek this weekend.

* Dana Point (Calif.) Dana Hills DB Grant Schwartz, OSU's latest verbal, has been bothered by a separated shoulder that has kept him from playing QB. He had 20 receiving yards and seven tackles on defense in a 26-0 loss to San Clemente last Friday. That defeat dropped Dana Hills to 4-4. They host Capistrano Valley Friday. For the year prior to the injury, Schwartz has thrown for 931 yards and nine TDs against three interceptions.

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