Ohio Preps Rdp.: Playoff Preview

Ohio State verbal Devon Torrence had a touchdown in his team's Week 10 win over Carrollton. Torrence joins his fellow six OSU verbals from Ohio in entering playoff action beginning this weekend. In this edition of the Ohio Preps Rdp., we recap Week 10 of the regular season, look at the remaining unbeatens and preview the playoffs.

Here is a recap of the 10th weekend of Ohio high school football and a look at the pairings for the OHSAA football playoffs, which begin this weekend.

* There was one Week 10 match-up of unbeaten teams as Bellaire downed neighborhood rival Martins Ferry 23-0 to wrap up a 10-0 regular season in coach John Magistro's final regular season game. QB Nick Rocchio was 9-of-19 for 155 yards and three touchdowns for Bellaire.

For the year, Rocchio has thrown for 1,794 yards and 24 TDs against six interceptions.

* Clayton Northmont snapped Piqua's eight-game winning streak by rallying for two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 21-14 win. Darren Youngberg intercepted a pass in the end zone with five seconds to go to deny a furious comeback by Piqua, which reached Northmont's 26. It was Northmont's sixth comeback win in the final quarter this season. QB Clay Belton (14 for 28 for 166 yards) hit junior Nate Wilburn-Ogletree for the game-winning 41-yard pass with 3:52 left.

Ohio State verbal Brandon Saine had 118 yards on 21 carries. For the year, he now has 1,600 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns (24 rushing). The win -- in front of 5,000 fans on a rainy night -- gave Northmont a share of the Greater Western Ohio Conference North title with Piqua.

* West Milton Milton-Union was denied in its bid for a 10-0 regular season, falling 21-0 to Bellbrook. RB Jared Edwards rushed for 201 yards on 23 carries for Bellbrook.

* Huber Heights Wayne nipped Troy 14-13. A 1-yard run by Troy Gilmer in the first quarter and a 65-yard sprint by Joe Gilford on the first offensive play of the third gave Wayne a 14-0. Troy drew to 14-13 after two Dustin Messer TDs, but could not put a potential game-winning two-point conversion in the end zone with 1:01 left. Wayne features OSU verbal Donnie Evege.

* Dayton Carroll stopped Cincinnati McNicholas 35-23. Senior Eric McComas rushed for 245 yards and four touchdowns and sophomore brother David McComas had 134 yards with one score.

* West Chester Lakota West downed rival Liberty Twp. Lakota East 12-0. Grant Hunter returned a fumbled pitch 25 yards for a TD and Aaron Silvestain kicked field goals of 20 and 24 yards.

* Cincinnati St. Xavier junior RB Darius Ashley threw a 45-yard halfback pass for a touchdown and also rushed 19 times for 95 yards and another TD as St. X clinched its third straight Greater Catholic League South championship with a 21-0 win over Cincinnati Moeller. A crowd of 6,000 attended the game on a rainy night at Ballaban Field. Ashley ended the regular season with 211 carries for 1,085 yards and 15 TDs.

* Cincinnati Glen Este downed Cincinnati Winton Woods 14-8. RB Donnie Talbott had 81 yards rushing for Glen Este, setting his school's single-season rushing record with 1,419 yards on the year. Junior quarterback Andrew Keller connected with Kyle Slater for a 10-yard touchdown and also had a 20-yard TD run for Glen Este.

* Toledo St. John's snapped Toledo Central Catholic's 22-game winning streak with a 13-7 win at the Glass Bowl. Senior quarterback Sean Patterson, a third-year starter for the Titans, scored what proved to be the game-winning points when he rolled 15 yards untouched around end for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter for a 13-0 lead.

The Irish refused to roll over, however, answering immediately with an impressive seven-play, 72-yard drive that culminated with Tyler Kleeberger's 14-yard TD strike over the middle to reigning CL player of the year and OSU verbal Dane Sanzenbacher (five receptions, 44 yards) with 7:07 remaining.

* In a match-up of reigning state champions, Coldwater downed Delphos St. John's 20-12 to wrap up a third straight Midwest Athletic Conference title and a 10-0 regular season. Cory Kleinke and Sam Slavik each had TD runs for Coldwater, which had 280 yards rushing. Adam Homan added an 86-yard interception return for a score. Coldwater won its 25th straight game.

* Youngstown Mooney routed Columbus Watterson 32-14, exploding for 452 yards to finish the regular season 9-0. It was Mooney's first unbeaten regular season since 1996. Michael Zordich had two TD runs, Brandon Beachum had one TD run and QB Dan McCarthy ran for a score and threw for one for Mooney.

Beachum finished with 114 yards on 20 carries, while Jamelle Bowers added 106 yards on 14 attempts. Zordich picked up 70 yards on 14 rushes while McCarthy added 56 more on just nine tries.

* Youngstown Ursuline's Desmond Mason scored on a 9-yard run to lead his team to a 9-3 victory over Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.

* Canfield claimed the Metro Athletic Conference championship after Pat Sankovic's 31-yard field goal with 16 seconds left gave the Cardinals a 9-7 victory over Poland.

* Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep rallied late for a 14-13 win over Warren Harding. The deciding score came when David Orlando powered over the middle for a touchdown on a run of less than 1 yard with 2:41 remaining in the fourth quarter. Jared Kaufmann converted the extra-point kick to provide the margin of victory for Cathedral Prep. OSU verbal Dan Herron had 112 yards and a TD on 23 carries for Harding, while Sidney Glover rushed for 123 yards on 24 carries.

* Steubenville completed a 10-0 regular season with a 34-20 win over Baltimore (Md.) Mount St. Joseph's. It marks the 17th unbeaten regular season for the Big Red, the defending Division III state champions. The win was also the 25th straight victory for Steubenville.

Senior back Tamawi McGhee led the way with a career-high 168 yards and two TDs on just 20 carries. QB Zach Collaros also ran in for a touchdown — a 15-yarder — in the second. The senior signal caller was 7-of-11 for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

For the year, McGhee has 1,487 yards and 15 TDs on 181 attempts. Collaros, 25-0 as a starting QB, has thrown for 1,479 yards and 18 TDs against two interceptions.

* Cincinnati Colerain wrapped up its seventh straight unbeaten season in the Greater Miami Conference with a 50-7 win over Cincinnati Oak Hills. Senior tailback Gary Pride's 73-yard touchdown run and junior defensive back Ravelle Sadler's 61-yard interception return for a touchdown paced the Cardinals, who also have OSU verbal DB Eugene Clifford.

* Cincinnati Roger Bacon downed Cincinnati Mount Healthy 34-28 in triple overtime. Roger Bacon junior running back Reggie Clay scored on a 6-yard run to end the game. Clay finished with 143 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Roger Bacon senior running Scott Starkey had 145 yards on 31 carries, with two TDs.

* Cincinnati LaSalle blanked Cincinnati Taft 39-0. Senior Vince Harris ran for 83 yards and two touchdowns, and the La Salle defense – keyed by LB Ben Martin -- never let Taft get going. LaSalle ended up 5-5.

* Dover QB Perci Garner had a 1-yard touchdown leap with 2:24 left in his team's 14-7 win over rival New Philadelphia. Garner, who had two TD runs, finished 23-of-39 for 217 yards and was intercepted three times. Rinehart had 11 catches for 115 yards, while Daniel Ifft Jr. added nine receptions for 101 yards. The 102-game series now stands 47-46-9 in New Philadelphia's favor.

* Canton South downed Carrollton 20-8. Junior DeVoe Torrence ran for a touchdown and returned a punt for another. Torrence, who finished with 92 yards rushing on 21 carries and caught two passes for 14 yards, had a 1-yard TD run and returned a punt 36 yards for a score. Devon Torrence, an OSU verbal, had the Wildcats' first score on a 17-yard pass from Matt Trissel.

* Lancaster RB Georgie Carpenter had 145 yards and three TDs on 16 carries in his team's 42-14 win over Westland. The win gave Lancaster a 10-0 regular season and the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division title.

* Dublin Coffman QB Zak Kristan completed 7 of 14 passes for 134 yards and three TDs in a 21-3 win over Westerville North. Jake Stoneburner caught three passes for 75 yards, including a 62-yard TD.

* Columbus Academy RB Chris Crockett had 274 yards and three TDs on 17 carries in a 27-0 win over Bexley.

* Westerville Central, in just its third year of existence, won the OCC Central Division title with a 14-7 win over Marysville. It is the first league title of any kind for Central, which took the lead on Reid Preisser's 57-yard TD pass from junior QB Keegan Varner.

* Columbus Eastmoor Academy RB Isaiah Pead rushed for 268 yards and three TDs (60, 84 and 72 yards) on 15 carries and also had an 85-yard kick return for a score in a 49-22 win over Columbus Africentric.

* East Cleveland Shaw, a dismal 3-27 over the last three years, wrapped up an 8-1 season and clinched a playoff berth with a 34-16 win over Warrensville Heights. RB Norman Rox had 182 yards and three TDs on 15 carries.

* Massillon Washington upset previously unbeaten Canton McKinley 10-7 in the 115th rendition of this storied rivalry. A crowd of 17,950 attended the game at Massillon, which widened its gap in the series to 61-49-5. Massillon forced three turnovers and blocked a punt. Junior Steve Schott's 47-yard field goal in the third quarter broke a 7-7 tie.

* Newark Licking Valley RB Storm Klein ran for 222 yards and three TDs in a 35-0 win over Newark Catholic.

* Hilliard Davidson capped a 10-0 season and won the OCC Buckeye Division title with a 14-0 win over Grove City. Bo Delande rushed 35 times for 228 yards for Davidson.

* Akron Buchtel won a piece of the Akron City Series title with a 14-12 win over Akron East. RB Ernest Pitts carried 18 times for 111 yards and a TD in the win.

* Cleveland Glenville wrapped up a 9-1 season and the Senate League title with its ninth straight win, a 33-0 decision over Cleveland Lincoln-West. RB Curtis Hale ran for two TDs, while Jermale Hines had a 33-yard TD run and Kyle Jefferson returned an interception 25 yards for a score.

* Kent Roosevelt QB Dave Rogers ran for two TDs and passed for another in a 28-7 win over Norton. The win gave Roosevelt a 10-0 record and the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division.

Still Unbeaten

The ranks of the unbeaten were thinned from 34 to 27 after Week 10.

Unbeaten teams that tasted defeat last weekend included Canton McKinley (fell to Massillon Washington 10-7), Toledo Central Catholic (fell to Toledo St. John's 13-6), West Milton Milton-Union (fell to Bellbrook 21-0), Martins Ferry (fell 23-0 to Bellaire), Clarksville Clinton-Massie (fell to Plain City Jonathan Alder 16-0), Sherwood Fairview (fell to Defiance Tinora 19-18) and Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (fell to Sycamore Mohawk 21-0).

Here is a division-by-division look at the remaining unbeaten teams (all are 10-0 unless noted):

Division I (5 teams) -- Fremont Ross, Brunswick, Hilliard Davidson, Lancaster, Cincinnati Colerain.

Division II (2 teams) -- Kent Roosevelt, Ashland.

Division III (5 teams) -- Kettering Alter, Steubenville, Cambridge, Cincinnati Indian Hill, Waverly.

Division IV (7 teams) -- Youngstown Mooney (9-0), Coldwater, Oak Harbor, Bellaire, New Lexington, Williamsport Westfall, Blanchester.

Division V (6 teams) -- Barnesville, North Lima South Range, West Lafayette Ridgewood, Warren JFK, West Salem Northwestern, West Jefferson.

Division VI (2 teams) -- Beallsville, Covington.

New Rankings

Here are the new rankings released Monday for the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll:

Division I -- Cincinnati Colerain (10-0), Cincinnati St. Xavier (8-1), Lakewood St. Edward (8-1), Hilliard Davidson (10-0), Lancaster (10-0), Mentor (9-1), Fremont Ross (10-0), Cleveland Glenville (9-1), Cincinnati Sycamore (9-1), Canton McKinley (9-1).

Division II -- Pickerington Central (9-1), Macedonia Nordonia (9-1), Maple Heights (9-1).

Division III -- Steubenville (10-0), Kettering Alter (10-0), Cambridge (10-0).

Division IV -- Youngstown Mooney (9-0), Coldwater (10-0), Bellaire (10-0).

Division V -- West Salem Northwestern (10-0), St. Henry (9-1), North Lima South Range (10-0).

Division VI -- Cuyahoga Heights (9-1), Covington (10-0), Beallsville (10-0).

Regional Quarterfinals Pairings

The OHSAA football playoffs begin this weekend with 192 teams competing over six divisions.

The championship games will be played at Canton/Massillon Dec. 1-2. The Division II, III and IV title games will be played at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon and the D-I, V and VI games will be played at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.

Five of last year's state champions will have a chance to defend their titles. They are Cincinnati St. Xavier (Division I), Toledo Central Catholic (II), Steubenville (III), Coldwater (IV) and Hamler Patrick Henry (V). Delphos St. John's did not qualify in Division VI.

Schools in the playoffs for the first time include Galloway Westland (Division I), Medina (I), Dayton Colonel White (II) Pataskala Watkins Memorial (II), Akron Coventry (III), Dresden Tri-Valley (III), Rocky River (III), and Spencerville (VI) and Stewart Federal Hocking (VI).

Newark Catholic is making its 29th playoff appearance – the most of any team in this field. Cincinnati Moeller and Ironton will each make their 25th appearance, while Youngstown Mooney and Mogadore each are back for the 20th time.

Cleveland St. Ignatius is making its 19th consecutive appearance in the playoffs and has a state-record nine state titles to its credit.

Moeller and Newark Catholic have each won seven crowns.

Here are the pairings for the regional quarterfinals:


All games Saturday, 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted

Region 1

(5) Cle. Glenville (9-1) vs. (4) Cle. St. Ignatius (6-3) at Parma – St. Ignatius won 24-21 in the 2003 playoffs, while Glenville downed St. Ignatius 22-14 in a 2004 regional final. This game will be televised on tape delay at 10 p.m. Saturday on Ohio News Network.

(8) Solon (7-3) at (1) Mentor (9-1) – Mentor won 17-14 in Week 3.

(6) Painesville Riverside (8-2) at (3) Lakewood St. Edward (8-1) – St. Ed, with OSU verbal Nate Oliver, has been a state runner-up three times and is looking for its first state title.

(7) Warren Harding (7-3) at (2) Brecksville-Broadview Heights (9-1) – Harding features OSU verbal RB Dan Herron.

Region 2

(8) Tol. Whitmer (7-3) at (1) Fremont Ross (10-0) – Ross won 35-21 in Week 2.

(5) Massillon Washington (6-4) at (4) Massillon Perry (9-1)

(6) Medina (7-3) at (3) Brunswick (10-0) – Brunswick won 27-7 in Week 6.

(7) Tol. St. John's (8-2) at (2) Can. McKinley (9-1)

Region 3

(8) Gahanna Lincoln (7-3) at (1) Lancaster (10-0)

(6) Galloway Westland (7-3) at (3) Upper Arlington (9-1) – UA won 41-35 in Week 1.

(5) Dublin Coffman (7-3) at (4) Westerville South (8-2)

(7) Logan (8-2) at (2) Hilliard Davidson (10-0)

Region 4

(8) W. Chester Lakota W. (8-2) at (1) Cin. St. Xavier (8-1)

(5) Cin. Glen Este (8-2) at (4) Clayton Northmont (8-2)

(6) Huber Hts. Wayne (7-2) at (3) Cin. Sycamore (9-1) – Wayne features OSU verbal Donnie Evege.

(7) Cin. Moeller (5-4) at (2) Cin. Colerain (10-0) – Colerain, which features OSU verbal DB Eugene Clifford, beat Moeller 34-6 in a 2004 regional final.

State Championship Game Projection: Lakewood St. Edward over Cincinnati Colerain


All games Friday, 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted

Region 5

(7) Chardon (8-2) at (2) Kent Roosevelt (10-0)

(5) Olmsted Falls (9-1) at (4) Maple Hts. (9-1)

(8) Tallmadge (8-2) at (1) Macedonia Nordonia (9-1)

(6) E. Cle. Shaw (8-1) at (3) Mayfield (9-1)

Region 6

(8) Sylvania Southview (7-3) at (1) Ashland (10-0)

(5) Lewis Center Olentangy (8-2) at (4) Tiffin Columbian (9-1)

(6) Wapakoneta (9-1) at (3) Powell Olentangy Liberty (8-2)

(7) Piqua (8-2) vs. (2) Tol. Cent. Cath. (9-1) at Millbury Lake – Match-up of OSU verbals Brandon Saine (Piqua) and Dane Sanzenbacher (TCC). This game will be televised on tape delay at 9:30 p.m. Friday by ONN.

Region 7

(5) Chillicothe (7-3) at (4) Cols. Watterson (7-3)

(8) Uniontown Lake (6-4) at (1) Cols. Marion-Franklin (9-1)

(6) Alliance (8-2) at (3) Pataskala Watkins Memorial (9-1)

(7) Canfield (8-2) at (2) Pickerington Cent. (9-1)

Region 8

(5) Cin. Turpin (9-1) at (4) Day. Carroll (9-1)

(8) Trotwood-Madison (7-3) vs. (1) Trenton Edgewood (8-1) at Cin. Princeton HS -- T-M won 34-0 in Week 2.

(6) New Carlisle Tecumseh (8-2) at (3) Cin. Winton Woods (6-4)

(7) Day. Col. White (9-1) at (2) Harrison (7-3)

State Championship Game Projection: Macedonia Nordonia over Piqua


All games Saturday, 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted

Region 9

(5) Niles McKinley (9-1) at (4) Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (6-2)

(6) Mentor Lake Cath. (6-4) at (3) Rocky River (9-1)

(7) Youngs. Liberty (9-1) at (2) Hubbard (9-1) – Hubbard beat Liberty 35-0 in Week 9.

(8) Akr. Coventry (8-2) at (1) Aurora (9-1)

Region 10

(5) Urbana (8-2) at (4) Eaton (9-1)

(8) Sandusky Perkins (8-2) vs. (1) Kettering Alter (10-0) at Fairmont Rousch Field

(6) St. Marys Memorial (8-2) at (3) Tipp City Tippecanoe (9-1)

(7) Napoleon (7-3) at (2) Sunbury Big Walnut (8-2)

Region 11

(5) Can. South (7-3) at (4) Newark Licking Valley (9-1) – OSU verbal Devon Torrence and brother, DeVoe, play for Canton South. Top Ohio sophomore Storm Klein plays for Licking Valley.

(8) New Concord John Glenn (7-3) at (1) Steubenville (10-0)

(6) Dresden Tri-Valley (8-2) at (3) Dover (9-1)

(7) Canal Fulton NW (6-4) at (2) Cambridge (10-0) – Northwest won playoff opener over Cambridge 58-14 last year.

Region 12

(5) Gallipolis Gallia (8-2) at (4) Lancaster Fairfield Union (8-2)

(8) New Albany (6-4) at (1) Cin. Indian Hill (10-0)

(6) Circleville (8-2) at (3) Cols. DeSales (7-3)

(7) Jackson (6-4) at (2) Waverly (10-0) – Waverly won 28-21 in Week 2.

State Championship Game Projection: Steubenville over Kettering Alter


All games Friday, 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted

Region 13

(8) Cuyahoga Falls CVCA (8-2) vs. (1) Youngs. Mooney (9-0) at Youngstown State – Mooney won playoff opener 51-7 last year.

(5) Massillon Tuslaw (9-1) at (4) Perry (8-2)

(7) Can. Cent. Cath. (5-5) at (2) Orrville (8-2)

(6) Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley (6-4) vs. (3) Garfield Hts. Trinity (6-4) at Bedford Bearcat Stadium

Region 14

(5) Sparta Highland (8-2) at (4) Huron (8-2)

(8) Ottawa-Glandorf (7-3) at (1) W. Milton Milton-Union (9-1)

(6) Tontogany Otsego (7-3) at (3) Coldwater (10-0)

(7) Bellville Clear Fork (7-3) at (2) Oak Harbor (10-0)

Region 15

(5) Ironton (6-4) at (4) Williamsport Westfall (10-0) – Ironton defeated Westfall 21-7 in regional semifinal last year.

(8) St. Clairsville (7-3) at (1) Bellaire (10-0) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. – Bellaire won 25-21 in Week 4. That was the closest any team came to downing the Big Reds in the regular season.

(6) Wellston (7-3) at (3) Martins Ferry (9-1)

(7) Cols. Eastmoor (7-3) at (2) New Lexington (10-0)

Region 16

(5) Lemon-Monroe (9-1) at (4) Cin. Deer Park (8-2) – Deer Park ends a 25-year playoff drought.

(8) Day. Oakwood (6-4) at (1) Plain City Jonathan Alder (9-1)

(6) Cin. Wyoming (7-3) at (3) Clarksville Clinton-Massie (9-1) – C-M won playoff opener 27-20 last year.

(7) Cin. N. College Hill (9-1) at (2) Blanchester (10-0)

State Championship Game Projection: Youngstown Mooney over Coldwater


All games Saturday, 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted

Region 17

(5) Warren JFK (10-0) at (4) Smithville (9-1)

(8) Kirtland (8-2) at (1) Barnesville (10-0)

(6) Columbiana Crestview (8-2) at (3) W. Salem NW (10-0)

(7) W. Lafayette Ridgewood (10-0) at (2) N. Lima S. Range (10-0)

Region 18

(5) Defiance Tinora (8-2) at (4) Findlay Liberty-Benton (9-1)

(8) Delta (9-1) vs. (1) Bedford Chanel (9-1) at Bedford Bearcat Stadium

(6) Defiance Ayersville (9-1) at (3) Bucyrus Wynford (9-1)

(7) Hamler Patrick Henry (8-2) at (2) Sherwood Fairview (9-1)

Region 19

(5) Stewart Federal Hocking (9-1) at (4) Johnstown-Monroe (8-2)

(8) Fredericktown (7-3) at (1) W. Jefferson (9-0)

(6) Gahanna Cols. Academy (7-3) at (3) Nelsonville-York (9-1)

(7) Frankfort Adena (7-3) at (2) Amanda-Clearcreek (9-1)

Region 20

(5) Spencerville (7-3) at (4) Lafayette Allen E. (8-2) – Allen East won 21-0 in Week 3.

(8) W. Liberty-Salem (8-2) vs. (1) Lima Cent. Cath. (9-1) at Lima Sr. HS

(6) Lewisburg Tri-County N. (9-1) at (3) St. Henry (9-1)

(7) Reading (7-3) at (2) Marion Pleasant (9-1)

State Championship Game Projection: Bedford Chanel over Marion Pleasant


All games Friday, 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted

Region 21

(8) Windham (7-3) at (1) Columbiana (8-2)

(5) Berlin Center Western Reserve (8-2) at (4) Thompson Ledgemont (8-2)

(7) McDonald (7-3) vs. (2) Cle. Cuyahoga Hts. (9-1) at Twinsburg

(6) Lucas (8-2) at (3) Mogadore (8-2)

Region 22

(5) McComb (8-2) vs. (4) Oregon Cardinal Stritch (8-2) at Oregon Clay

(8) Norwalk St. Paul (6-4) at (1) Sycamore Mohawk (9-1) – St. Paul won playoff opener 41-7 last year.

(6) Columbus Grove (6-4) at (3) Monroeville (8-2)

(7) Liberty Center (5-5) at (2) Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (9-1)

Region 23

(5) Old Washington Buckeye Trail (8-2) at (4) Shadyside (7-2)

(8) Caldwell (5-5) at (1) Beallsville (10-0) – Beallsville won 13-0 in Week 6.

(6) Crown City S. Gallia (8-2) at (3) Danville (9-1)

(7) Newark Cath. (5-5) vs. (2) Lancaster Fisher Cath. (9-1) at Canal Winchester HS – Newark Catholic won regional semifinal 24-12 last year.

Region 24

(5) Ada (7-3) at (4) Dola Hardin Northern (9-1) -- Hardin Northern won 67-38 in Week 1.

(6) Maria Stein Marion Local (8-2) at (3) Covington (10-0)

(7) Sidney Lehman (6-4) at (2) Spring. Cath. Cent. (9-1)

(8) N. Lewisburg Triad (7-3) at (1) Mechanicsburg (9-1) – Mechanicsburg won Week 10 showdown of Champaign County neighbors 21-6.

State Championship Game Projection: Dola Hardin Northern over Bascom Hopewell-Loudon

OSU Verbals Outside Ohio

* Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's, with OSU verbal WR Taurian Washington, improved to 8-2 with a 34-0 win over White Lake Lakeland in Division II district playoff action. Senior quarterback Justin Siller scored on runs of six and 11 yards and tossed a 34-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Taurian Washington for St. Mary's (8-2). Senior linebacker Laurence Treadway led the defense with 10 tackles. Coming into the game, Washington had 20 catches for 315 yards on the season.

OLSM advances to Division II district final action as it will host Walled Lake Central (8-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

* Monaca (Pa.) Center Area, with OSU verbal OL Evan Blankenship, fell to 7-2 with a 13-7 loss to unbeaten Aliquippa. Center advances to the WPIAL playoffs. Center visits Yough for its opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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