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Week 10 Playoff Picture

October 25, 2010 - Michael Palmer
Week eleven is becoming clearer. Some teams have made the grade and some will be eagerly watching the scoreboards Friday night for some help. It is down to less than a single point separating teams in many cases and the tension is mounting as we move to the final week of the regular season in high school football.

Division VI Region 23.

The top ‘Dawg is Bridgeport after a great high school football game where the Bulldogs defeated downriver rival Shadyside in the "Meetin' of the Unbeatens" (and the G is intentionally left off for rhyme effect). It had the atmosphere of playoff football as the largest crowd ever to watch a Bulldogs football game saw a spectacular game on a perfect crisp fall evening.

Bridgeport will host their first game of the playoffs in week 11 and the scouts will be in Strasburg this Friday to see if the Tigers (7-2) can beat Garaway (6-3) and get into the 8 spot in the region. If number 9 Strasburg wins out they will bump Trimble even if the Tomcats defeat 1-8 Federal Hocking this Friday.

This will not specifically set the table in the region as Southern is not favored and faces the possibility of dropping out of the top 8, unlikely but possible, as it stands now they should finish in the number 7 spot and if the Tigers can defeat a resurging Wheeling Central and hold onto number two they will most likely host the Indians from Salineville in week 11.

Currently the most likely scenario is that Bridgeport will host Trimble next weekend. This all of course depends on the Strasburg results. Malvern is in the playoffs and most likely will get bumped to an away game by Symmes Valley (if number 3 Newark Catholic loses to Granville and Malvern wins there is a chance Malvern can host). I scouted the Hornets at Conotton Valley and saw both Rudy Vavrock and Mark Holenka at the game.

If Shadyside should lose to Wheeling Central they still have a decent chance of keeping enough numbers to host in week 11.

1 9-0 Bridgeport clinched home game Opponent: Cameron (WV) (1-7)

2 8-1 Shadyside clinched playoff spot Opponent: Wheeling Central Catholic (WV) (5-3)

3 7-2 Newark Catholic clinched playoff spot Opponent: Granville (6-3)

4 6-3 Malvern clinched playoff spot Opponent: Sandy Valley (3-6)

5 8-1 Symmes Valley control own destiny Opponent: South Gallia (4-5)

6 8-1 Salineville Southern control own destiny Opponent: McDonald (7-2)

7 8-0 Lancaster Fairfield Christian Academy control own destiny Opponent: Grove City Christian (3-6)

8 6-3 Glouster Trimble Opponent: Federal Hocking (1-8)

9 7-2 Strasburg control own destiny Opponent: Garaway (6-3)

Ohio Division 5, Region 19

Probably the closest point spread in the state separating these ten teams. No one in this region has a lock on a home game in the playoffs with only Oak Hill and Fredericktown clinching a week 11 berth.

Monroe Central currently sits at number 4 and would host if they can retain this position. Any of the bottom four teams can bump the ‘Noles if they win out with maximum points. With strength of schedule and if the team with the better record wins each of the games in the region Caldwell could bump up into the 8 spot and eliminate Wheelersburg.

Unfortunately for Monroe Central they most likely will be on the road and if the top two stay the same and they fill the 7 spot they will travel to Fredericktown. Like I said, anything can happen in this region so it may be like a game of bumper pool in the wee hours of Saturday morning, but the ‘Noles are about 95 percent guaranteed an extra week.

1 8-1 Oak Hill clinched playoff spot Opponent: Green (4-5)

2 9-0 Fredericktown clinched playoff spot Opponent: Loudonville (3-6)

3 8-1 Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant control own destiny Opponent: Chesapeake (4-5)

4 7-2 Woodsfield Monroe Central Opponent: Buckeye Trail (1-8)

5 8-1 Lucasville Valley Opponent: Minford (7-2)

6 9-0 West Lafayette Ridgewood control own destiny Opponent: Newcomerstown (5-4)

7 7-2 Nelsonville-York control own destiny Opponent: Athens (5-4)

8 7-2 Wheelersburg control own destiny Opponent: Portsmouth West (8-1)

9 6-3 Frankfort Adena Opponent: Huntington (0-9)

10 8-1 Caldwell Opponent: Shenandoah (4-5)

Ohio Division 4, Region 13

Once again only two teams are safe in this region. Akron Manchester has clinched a home game and Chagrin Falls has clinched a playoff spot.

The Red Devils are back in the top four in the region currently at number 3 and can lock up a home game on their new turf with a win over the Huskies in the Coal Bucket at Cadiz. St. Clairsville is almost a lock to hold onto the number 3 spot winning out and will be watching the Cleveland sports stations Friday night with great intent as they make plans for week 11.

Dave Bruney and the Purple gang traveled across the bridge to the Island Friday and once again the Maroon gang of Wheeling Central bested their neighbors. The Knights dropped Ferry to fifth in the region and now the Riders need some help to take back the number 4 spot and must win their rivalry game with Bellaire to have a shot at a home game in week 11, A loss will not necessarily drop them out of the top 8 but would set up a tough week 11 road trip to Manchester or Chagrin Falls. A win should hold them at number 5 and should keep a rematch with Buckeye 8 opponent St. Clairsville from happening in week 11, but it is a possibility.

Number 15 in the region is 6-3 Bellaire. The Big Reds would only end up with 15.5680 best case scenario if they defeat Ferry this Friday. They are a long shot and need major help to make week 11, the good news is: they are not mathematically eliminated.

1 9-0 Akron Manchester clinched home game Opponent: Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (6-3)

2 8-1 Chagrin Falls clinched playoff spot Opponent: Perry (6-3)

3 7-2 St Clairsville control own destiny Opponent: Harrison Central (3-6)

4 8-1 Campbell Memorial control own destiny Opponent: Struthers (4-5)

5 6-2 Martins Ferry control own destiny Opponent: Bellaire (6-3)

6 7-2 Garrettsville Garfield Opponent: Windham (2-7)

7 7-2 Cortland Lakeview Opponent: Champion (6-3)

8 6-3 Perry control own destiny Opponent: Chagrin Falls (8-1)

9 8-1 Canton Central Catholic Opponent: St Thomas Aquinas (4-5)

10 6-3 Cleveland Central Catholic Opponent: Lake Catholic (8-1)

Division 3, Region 11

If someone gave you odds in August that Edison would make the playoffs in Region 11 you would be one win away from collecting on that wager. The now 8-1 Wildcats are on a tear and if they can defeat their rivals Indian Creek (5-4) in Wintersville this Friday night they are likely to remain at number 7 in the region and travel to Steubenville or East Liverpool for a playoff game.

Steubenville is currently second in the region but East Liverpool has the opportunity to move up from number 3 with a win this Friday over 7-2 Salem. The Quakers are fighting for their lives in this division and a win could bump them up from their 9 spot into the top eight replacing Dover or Edison if either of these two teams lose.

1 9-0 Alliance Marlington clinched home game : Opponent West Branch (1-8)

2 7-2 Steubenville clinched playoff spot : Opponent Cardinal O'Hara (NY) (5-3)

3 8-1 East Liverpool clinched playoff spot : Opponent Salem (7-2)

4 9-0 Thornville Sheridan clinched playoff spot : Opponent New Lexington (2-7)

5 7-2 Newark Licking Valley control own destiny : Opponent Bexley (3-6)

6 8-1 Minerva control own destiny : Opponent Louisville (6-3)

7 8-1 Richmond Edison : Opponent an Creek (5-4)

8 7-2 Dover : Opponent New Philadelphia (4-5)

9 7-2 Salem : Opponent East Liverpool (8-1)

10 6-3 Licking Heights : mathematically eliminated

11 6-3 Granville : Opponent Newark Catholic (7-2)

Who will play the role of spoiler and who will rise from the ashes like the legendary Pheonix and have the opportunity to play in week 11? We can now only wait and see how the cards will fall. So far my assignment for week 10 is a single game shoot at Cadiz for the Coal Bucket game. I will be there early for a tasty Huskies Burger since Mr. Fish has closed. Forecast for Friday: Mostly clear, low 40, high 75. Remember this is rivalry week and you can throw out the records in these turf battles. Just like in the playoffs - Its one and done.

 
 

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