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Prep football playoff picture coming into focus

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

It’s week nine of the high school football season which means the postseason playoff picture will start to come into focus.

The Ironton Fighting Tigers have lost three straight but their five wins were more than enough to clinch a playoff berth.

Heading into week nine the Fighting Tigers are second in Region 15 of Division IV with a 16.2375 average. A win Friday over Oak Hill could secure a home game.

St. Clairsville (8-0) continues to lead the region at 21.4847.

Sitting third is Minford (7-1) with a 12.6 average followed by Johnstown-Monroe (6-2) at 11.4, Piketon (6-2) at 10.9875, Indian Valley (4-4) at 8.1831, Martins Ferry (5-3) at 8.05 and Harrison Central (5-3) at 7.9250.

Chesapeake (4-4) at 6.3674 dropped to No. 11. The Panthers need a win over Coal Grove this week to keep their playoff hopes alive.

As it stands, St. Clairsville, Ironton, Minford, Johnstown-Monroe and Piketon should qualify. The rest of the region is up for grabs.

Indian Valley is expected to qualify but their game with Tuslaw this week is a toss-up. They should beat Tuscarawas Valley next week.

Martins Ferry figures to lose to St. Clairsville this week and has its rivalry with Bellaire next week and may be the underdog.

Zane Trace will probably lose to Unioto this week and closes with 1-7 Southeastern. Harrison Central should win its final two games against Union Local and Buckeye Local.

Unioto may win this week but will be an underdog against Paint Valley. Amanda Clearcreek still has a chance. The Aces will be favored against Bloom-Carroll (3-5) and Logan Elm (4-4).

Oak Hill leads Region 19 of Division V with a 13.8375 average. But the Oaks need a win over Ironton to remain at the top of the region because their final game is against Div. VI Green (3-5).

Coal Grove (4-3) climbed to No. 12 in the region with a 5.8889 average. The Hornets must win their final two games and get plenty of help.

In Region 23 of Division VI, Symmes Valley (6-2) stayed at No. 6 with an 8.6875 average. The Vikings should qualify for the postseason but have two big point games ahead that will determine if they make the postseason and possibly host a first-round home game.

The Vikings play at Portsmouth Notre Dame (6-2) on Saturday. The Titans have an 8.1750 average and sit one spot behind the Vikings. They can make the postseason with a win over the Vikings or over Sciotoville East next week.

Symmes Valley ends the season against Buffalo, W.Va., who is 6-1 and is ranked No. 4 in the West Virginia Class A poll.

Newark Catholic (7-1) continues to lead the region with a 15.0250 average. The Green Wave have clinched a playoff spot along with No. Danville (7-1) who has a 14.8251 average.

Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (7-1) sits third at 14.0025 and Trimble (7-1) at 10.5625 is fourth. All should qualify along with No. 5 Colonel Crawford (6-2) that has a 9.1375 average.

Fairfield Christian, Hannibal River and Reedsville Eastern are fighting for that final playoff spot.

 

OHSAA Football Computer Ratings
Division I
Region 1 – 1. Lakewood St. Edward (8-0) 24.8705, 2. Cle. St. Ignatius (8-0) 23.5104, 3. Willoughby South (8-0) 22.2375, 4. North Royalton (8-0) 21.2125, 5. Warren G. Harding (7-1) 20.6711, 6. Mentor (7-1) 19.5934, 7. Austintown-Fitch (7-1) 17.7778, 8. North Olmsted (6-2) 16.175, 9. Cleveland Heights (6-2) 14.85, 10. Euclid (5-3) 13.9875, 11. Shaker Hts. (6-2) 13.9125, 12. Cle. Glenville  (6-2) 13.4875
Region 2 – 1. Tol. Whitmer (8-0) 23.725, 2. Massillon Washington (7-1) 21.8017, 3. Canton GlenOak (7-1) 21.7557, 4. Macedonia Nordonia (7-1) 20.1, 5. Canton McKinley (6-1) 19.9438, 6. Avon Lake (6-2) 19.425, 7. Hudson (7-1) 17.975, 8. North Canton Hoover (6-2) 15.1771, 9. Brunswick (5-3) 13.45, 10. Findlay (6-2) 13.116, 11. Elyria (6-2) 12.8125, 12. Twinsburg (5-3) 12.2
Region 3 – 1. Hilliard Darby (8-0) 23.125, 2. Dublin Coffman (8-0) 20.7475, 3. Lewis Center Olentangy (7-1) 19.4875, 4. Pickerington North (8-0) 19.3559, 5. Dublin Scioto (6-2) 18.0375, 6. Westerville South (6-2) 16.6875, 7. Pickerington Central (5-2) 16.0476, 8. Hilliard Davidson (6-2) 15.7121, 9. Gahanna Lincoln (7-1) 15.425, 10. Westerville Central (6-2) 15.2625, 11. Reynoldsburg (5-3) 14.2431, 12. Cols. St. Charles (4-3) 13.1685
Region 4 – 1. Cin. Colerain (8-0) 24.0303, 2. Cin. Archbishop Moeller (6-2) 22.175, 3. Springboro (8-0) 21.2625, 4. West Chester Lakota West (8-0) 21.1375, 5. Huber Hts. Wayne (6-2) 19.666, 6. Cin. Elder (5-3) 18.5625, 7. Cin. Sycamore (7-1) 17.7375, 8. Loveland (5-3) 16.6625, 9. Cin. St. Xavier (5-3) 15.9, 10. Cin. Withrow (6-2) 15.1, 11. Centerville (5-3) 14.9875, 12. Liberty Twp. Lakota East (5-3) 14.05
Division II
Region 5 – 1. Tallmadge (6-2) 16.675, 2. Aurora (7-1) 16.65, 3. Chardon (6-2) 15.4375, 4. Kent Roosevelt (7-1) 14.8625, . Chagrin Falls Kenston (6-2) 14.8625, 6. New Philadelphia (7-1) 14.375, 7. Warren Howland (6-2) 12.9143, 8. Copley (5-3) 12.325, 9. Akron Ellet (6-2) 12.225, 10. Madison (5-3) 11.775, 11. Louisville (4-4) 9.325, 12. Chesterland West Geauga (3-5) 6.85
Region 6 – 1. Tol. Central Cath. (8-0) 21.1375, 2. Tiffin Columbian (8-0) 19.1654, 3. Westlake (7-1) 17.0375, 4. Mansfield Senior (7-1) 17.0013, 5. Avon (7-1) 16.6125, 6. Grafton Midview (7-1) 16.3, 7. Perrysburg (6-2) 14.8625, 8. Mansfield Madison Comp. (7-1) 13.9125, 9. Norwalk (7-1) 13.9, 10. Medina Highland (5-3) 11.1, 11. Tol. Rogers (5-3) 9.8782, 12. Maumee (5-3) 9.5375
Region 7 – 1. Dresden Tri-Valley (8-0) 20.2125, 2. Zanesville (7-1) 19.6515, 3. Pataskala Licking Hts. (8-0) 18.925, 4. Cols. Marion-Franklin (7-1) 18.0354, 5. New Albany (6-2) 17.7, 6. Cols. Beechcroft (6-1) 14.9085, 7. New Carlisle Tecumseh (6-2) 14.6125, 8. Canal Winchester (6-2) 13.5125, 9. Cols. Walnut Ridge (5-3) 12.55, 10. Mount Vernon (5-3) 11.7708, 11. Cols. Hamilton Township (6-2) 11.2625, 12. Cols. Brookhaven (6-2) 10.8
Region 8 – 1. Cin. Turpin (8-0) 22.0625, 2. Cin. Northwest (8-0) 17.975, 3. Cin. Mount Healthy (8-0) 16.1375, 4. Franklin (7-1) 15.7625, 5. Cin. Winton Woods (5-3) 15.7487, 6. Tipp City Tippecanoe (7-1) 13.3769, 7. Trotwood-Madison (6-2) 13.0651, 8. Mount Orab Western Brown (8-0) 11.9072, 9. Vandalia Butler (5-3) 10.6, 10. Celina (6-2) 10.375, 11. Trenton Edgewood (6-2) 9.7071, 12. Hamilton Ross (4-4) 9.5875
Division III
Region 9 – 1. Niles McKinley (7-1) 15.625, 2. Chagrin Falls (7-1) 15.275, 3. Ravenna (6-2) 14.7875, 4. Cle. John Hay (6-2) 13.5789, 5. Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (6-2) 12.3839, 6. Akron St. Vincent-St Mary (7-1) 11.7571, 7. Peninsula Woodridge (6-2) 11.3375, 8. Jefferson Area (6-2) 10.8617, 9. Rocky River (5-3) 10.2, 10. Hubbard (5-3) 9.9732, 11. Mentor Lake Cath. (5-3) 9.2194, 12. Ravenna Southeast (6-2) 8.55
Region 10 – 1. Napoleon (7-0) 21.275, 2. Bellevue (7-1) 16.8, 3. Bryan (8-0) 15.4625, 4. Urbana (7-1) 14.275, 5. Sandusky Perkins (7-1) 14.175, 6. Cols. Bishop Watterson (5-3) 12.3649, 7. Cols. Eastmoor Acad. (5-3) 11.7468, 8. Elida (6-2) 11.1, 9. Cols. St. Francis DeSales (4-4) 9.0631, 10. Clyde (4-4) 8.9125, 11. Cols. Independence (5-3) 8.8875, 12. Caledonia River Valley (6-2) 8.8625
Region 11 – 1. Alliance Marlington (8-0) 21.2375, 2. Millersburg West Holmes (7-1) 18.025, 3. Dover (6-2) 15.5152, 4. Wintersville Indian Creek (7-1) 14.6625, 5. Zanesville Maysville (7-1) 14.6, 6. Steubenville (6-2) 13.9167, 7. Granville (7-1) 13.6375, 8. Poland Seminary (5-3) 13.0574, 9. Duncan Falls Philo (7-1) 12.95, 10. Struthers (5-3) 12.15, 11. Newark Licking Valley (5-3) 11.3125, 12. New Lexington (5-3) 10.6375
Region 12 – 1. Circleville (6-2) 15.0125, 2. Kettering Archbishop Alter (7-0) 14.7, 3. Day. Thurgood Marshall (7-1) 14.449, 4. The Plains Athens (6-2) 10.8125, 5. Cin. Wyoming (6-2) 10.575, 6. Gallipolis Gallia Acad. (6-2) 10.2027, 7. Springfield Kenton Ridge (5-3) 9.5417, 8. Cin. Archbishop McNicholas (5-3) 9.425, 9. Greenfield McClain (5-3) 8.5875, 10. Washington C.H. Miami Trace (5-3) 8.4186, 11. Springfield Shawnee (4-4) 8.375, 12. Circleville Logan Elm (5-3) 7.5125
Division IV
Region 13 – 1. Brookfield (8-0) 15.8782, 2. Streetsboro (6-2) 13.15, 3. Creston Norwayne (8-0) 12.7734, 4. Gates Mills Hawken (7-1) 11.9223, 5. West Salem Northwestern (7-1) 11.6125, 6. Youngstown Liberty (7-1) 10.9875, 7. Akron Manchester (5-3) 10.7875, 8. Beachwood (6-2) 10.5997, 9. Massillon Tuslaw (5-3) 9.925, 10. Cortland Lakeview (5-3) 9.675, 11. Wooster Triway (5-3) 8.9625, 12. Cle. Central Cath. (4-4) 8.8687
Region 14 – 1. Cols. Bishop Hartley (8-0) 19.55, 2. Ottawa-Glandorf (8-0) 18.15, 3. Genoa Area (8-0) 15.1125, 4. Richwood North Union (8-0) 15.1, 5. Cols. Bishop Ready (7-1) 13.5906, 6. Galion (7-1) 12.9625, 7. Lorain Clearview (6-2) 12.4625, 8. Oak Harbor (6-2) 11.2375, 9. Pemberville Eastwood (5-3) 9.5125, 10. Kenton (5-3) 9.475, 11. Ontario (5-3) 9.2875, 12. Huron (5-3) 9.275
Region 15 – 1. St. Clairsville (8-0) 21.4847, 2. Ironton (5-3) 16.2375, 3. Minford (7-1) 12.6, 4. Johnstown-Monroe (6-2) 11.4, 5. Piketon (6-2) 10.9875, 6. Gnadenhutten Indian Valley (4-4) 8.1831, 7. Martins Ferry (5-3) 8.05, 8. Cadiz Harrison Central (5-3) 7.925, 9. Chillicothe Zane Trace (3-5) 7.75, 10. Carroll Bloom-Carroll (3-5) 6.475, 11. Chesapeake (4-4) 6.3674, 12. Amanda-Clearcreek (3-5) 6.2375
Region 16 – 1. Clarksville Clinton-Massie (8-0) 17.2247, 2. Williamsport Westfall (7-1) 16.7625, 3. Cin. Hills Christian Acad. (7-1) 14.7626, 4. Batavia (8-0) 14.4562, 5. Norwood (7-1) 13.5625, 6. West Milton Milton-Union (6-2) 12.5, 7. Middletown Bishop Fenwick (6-2) 12.375, 8. Brookville (6-2) 12.175, 9. Cin. Shroder (6-2) 11.7653, 10. Carlisle (6-2) 11.1125, 11. Waynesville (6-2) 10.625, 12. Cin. Madeira (7-1) 10.025
Division V
Region 17 – 1. Sugarcreek Garaway (8-0) 17.8264, 2. Kirtland (8-0) 16.925, 3. Cuyahoga Hts. (7-1) 16.8625, 4. Columbiana Crestview (8-0) 14.5, 5. Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (7-1) 14.2875, 6. Youngstown Ursuline (5-3) 13.7946, 7. Bellaire (6-2) 12.5404, 8. Columbiana (6-2) 10.25, 9. Beverly Fort Frye (6-2) 9.4792, 10. Campbell Memorial (4-4) 9.15, 11. North Lima South Range (6-2) 9.075, 12. Independence (5-3) 7.2875
Region 18 – 1. Lima Central Cath. (8-0) 17.7, 2. Northwood (8-0) 13.75, 3. Archbold (7-1) 12.8625, 4. Hamler Patrick Henry (6-2) 11.325, 5. Columbia Station Columbia (7-1) 10.9625, 6. Liberty Center (6-2) 10.875, 7. Findlay Liberty-Benton (7-1) 10.8625, . Haviland Wayne Trace (7-1) 10.8625, 9. Collins Western Reserve (6-2) 10.125, 10. Carey (6-2) 9.3, 11. Attica Seneca East (6-2) 8.8875, 12. Spencerville (6-2) 8.7375
Region 19 – 1. Oak Hill (7-1) 13.8375, 2. Bucyrus Wynford (7-1) 13.3875, 3. Wheelersburg (7-1) 13.3314, 4. Loudonville (6-2) 11.6625, 5. Lucasville Valley (8-0) 10.7771, 6. Jeromesville Hillsdale (6-2) 10.1212, 7. Howard East Knox (5-3) 8.6875, 8. Nelsonville-York (6-2) 8.675, 9. Baltimore Liberty Union (6-2) 8.05, 10. Bucyrus (4-4) 6.7, 11. Gahanna Cols. Acad. (4-4) 6.65, 12. Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant (4-3) 5.8889
Region 20 – 1. Coldwater (8-0) 19.8125, 2. Covington (8-0) 14.95, 3. Cin. Summit Country Day (8-0) 13.926, 4. Miamisburg Day. Christian (8-0) 11.5104, 5. West Liberty-Salem (8-0) 11.4719, 6. New Lebanon Dixie (6-2) 9.6625, 7. North Lewisburg Triad (7-1) 8.6926, 8. West Jefferson (6-2) 8.6375, 9. Marion Pleasant (6-2) 8.2375, 10. Anna (4-4) 7.975, 11. Versailles (5-3) 7.55, 12. New Paris National Trail (6-2) 7.1679
Division VI
Region 21 – 1. Mogadore (8-0) 15.3625, 2. Malvern (7-1) 13.7, 3. Warren John F. Kennedy (7-1) 12.0875, 4. Shadyside (8-0) 12.0208, 5. Fairport Harbor Fairport Harding (5-3) 11.0, 6. Youngstown Christian (6-1) 10.9444, 7. Steubenville Cath. Central (6-2) 10.6625, 8. Berlin Center Western Reserve (6-2) 8.9, 9. Leetonia (5-3) 6.2875, 10. Bowerston Conotton Valley (5-3) 6.0875, 11. East Canton (4-4) 5.2375, 12. McDonald (4-4) 5.1963
Region 22 – 1. Fremont St. Joseph Central Cath. (7-1) 13.575, 2. McComb (8-0) 12.625, 3. Leipsic (8-0) 11.625, 4. Delphos St. John’s (5-3) 9.5, 5. Norwalk St. Paul (5-3) 8.0, 6. Arlington (5-3) 7.6625, 7. Tol. Ottawa Hills (6-2) 7.4375, 8. Tiffin Calvert (4-4) 6.925, 9. Defiance Ayersville (4-4) 6.35, 10. Edon (5-3) 4.8375, 11. Convoy Crestview (3-5) 4.6, 12. Tol. Christian (4-4) 3.95
Region 23 – 1. Newark Cath. (7-1) 15.025, 2. Danville (7-1) 14.8251, 3. Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (7-1) 14.0025, 4. Glouster Trimble (7-1) 10.5625, 5. North Robinson Colonel Crawford (6-2) 9.1375, 6. Willow Wood Symmes Valley (6-2) 8.6875, 7. Portsmouth Notre Dame (6-2) 8.175, 8. Lancaster Fairfield Christian Acad. (6-2) 7.6875, 9. Hannibal River (5-3) 7.173, 10. Reedsville Eastern (5-3) 6.0625, 11. Plymouth (4-4) 5.1, 12. Beallsville (3-5) 4.1625
Region 24 – 1. Fort Loramie (6-2) 11.2708, 2. Ada (8-0) 10.975, 3. Maria Stein Marion Local (6-2) 10.8375, tie-4. Minster (6-2) 10.0, tie-4. Bradford (6-2) 10.0, 6. St. Henry (5-3) 9.9, 7. Waynesfield Waynesfield-Goshen (4-4) 7.9125, 8. Lewisburg Tri-County North (5-3) 7.575, 9. Day. Jefferson Twp. (5-2) 6.8766, 10. S. Charleston Southeastern Local (5-3) 6.0, 11. Sidney Lehman Cath. (4-4) 5.7254, 12. Cin. College Preparatory (3-4) 5.25