Two future Buckeyes will get their postseasons under way tonight with the mutual goal of returning to the Division IV championship game, where Coldwater and Adam Homan defeated Johnny Simon and Youngstown Cardinal Mooney in a 28-27 thriller last season.
In that game, Simon and the Cardinals were heavily favored and held a 14-point fourth-quarter lead before the Cavaliers staged a stirring rally to take a lead that was preserved by a blocked PAT kick in the closing seconds.
This season, the Cavaliers are 10-0 and the No. 1 seed in Region 16. They begin their title defense by playing host to 7-3 Cincinnati North College Hill.
Mooney, down a bit after sending several players to Division I-A programs after last season, sports and 8-2 record and the No. 4 seed in Region 13. The Cardinals play host to Cuyahoga Falls Valley Christian at Youngstown State.
The rest of the future Buckeyes whose teams made it to week 11 will play Saturday night.
Four OSU verbals on three teams will compete in the Division 1 playoffs.
Region 3, undefeated Pickerington Central, with Zach Boren playing fullback and linebacker and Jamie Wood handling things at safety and wide receiver, is the No. 3 seed and will play host to Delaware Hayes (7-3), a first-time playoff qualifier.
To the northeast, 10-0 Cleveland Glenville and Jonathan Newsome will serve as the home team in a matchup with Brecksville-Broadview Heights (7-3) at Bedford Bearcat Stadium. The Tarblooders earned the No. 4 seed and will take on No. 5 with the winner to take on the winner of a rematch between Cleveland-area catholic school powers St. Ignatius and St. Edward.
The Wildcats (9-1) spanked St. Ed last week and have won nine in a row since losing in the opener 20-17 to Glenville.
In the southwest corner of the state, C.J. Barnett and Clayton Northmont (9-1) put a No. 2 seed up against No. 7 Kettering Fairmont. That is a rematch of a Greater Western Ohio Conference Central division matchup Barnett and the Thunderbolts won 16-7 in week nine. The upstart Firebirds are in the playoffs for the first time while Northmont is in the postseason for the eighth time.
The T-Bolts only loss of the season came in week two against St. Ignatius.
Then there is Division III, where Newark Licking Valley (9-1) will play host to Reyland Buckeye Local (7-3). The Wildcats, with four-star standout Storm Klein, lost to Sunbury Big Walnut in the state final last year and are seeded second in Region 11 this year. The Panthers have won nine in a row since getting crushed 48-14 by Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit in week one
Also in Division III, Aurora is the No. 2 seed in Region 9 after Adam Bellamy and his mates fashioned an 8-2 record. They will take on 5-5 Chardon Notre Dame Cathedral, one of just two 5-5 teams to make the playoffs this season.