Football playoff field trimmed to 112 teams


The OHSAA football playoff field has been trimmed in half as 112 teams now enter the second round of the 2015 OHSAA football playoffs. After the higher seeds hosted first-round games last weekend, neutral sites are now selected by the OHSAA for the second, third and fourth rounds.

There are many factors that go into determining neutral playoff sites, such as quality of field surface, seating capacity, quality of lighting, size of locker rooms and their distance from field, press box size, parking spaces available, and a separate locker room for officials. After all those factors are taken into consideration, it must be confirmed that the site is available and willing to host a playoff game on the date needed.

Not all sites are available when requested by the OHSAA. Finding a site exactly halfway between the two schools is not always possible.

Playoff Upsets

In the first round of the playoffs last weekend, the higher seeds (home teams) went 81-31. In Div. I, three double-digit seeds won, including No. 13 Hilliard Darby, No. 11 Springboro and No. 10 Upper Arlington. In Div. II through VII, four No. 8 seeds knocked off No. 1 seeds, including Macedonia Nordonia (II), Columbus Bishop Watterson (III), Delta (VI) and Fredericktown (VI).

Last year in the first round of the playoffs, the home teams (higher seeds) went 88-24 and none of the No. 1 seeds in Div. II through VII lost in the first round. Last year In Div. I, three double-digit seeds won on the road in the first round, including No. 16 seed West Chester Lakota West, No. 12 Canton GlenOak and No. 10 Cincinnati Colerain. In 2013, three No. 8 seeds won at the No. 1 seed in the first round, including Delphos St. John’s, Doylestown Chippewa and Steubenville. St. John’s and Steubenville went on to reach the state semifinals.

Welcome Back

Several schools qualified for the playoffs after a long hiatus. They include Burton Berkshire (Div. V, Region 15, last in 1981), Holland Springfield (Div. II, Region 4, last in 1994) and Swanton (Div. V, Region 16, last in 1995). Last year, Bay Village Bay was back in the playoffs for the first time since 1993, while Lorain was back in the playoffs for the first time since 1984 when there were two city schools (Admiral King and Southview).

Playoff Streaks

Coldwater owns the longest active streak of qualifying for the playoffs at 19-straight years. In fact, the Cavaliers have been to the state championship game the last six years. (Newark Catholic owns the record with eight straight title game appearances (1980-87) followed by Cleveland St. Ignatius with six in a row (1991-96).

Until 2012, Columbus St. Francis DeSales had owned the longest active streak at 18-straight years, but the Stallions missed the playoffs that season. After Coldwater, the second-longest active streak is held by Mogadore at 17 straight playoff years. The all-time longest streak of consecutive years making the playoffs is 22 years by Cleveland St. Ignatius from 1988 through 2009.

Playoff pairings

Division I – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

Home Team listed first.

Region 1

1 Lakewood St. Edward (10-1) vs. 8 Mentor (8-3) at Parma Byers Field

4 Westerville Central (10-1) vs. 5 Euclid (9-2) at Mansfield Arlin Field

2 Stow-Munroe Falls (11-0) vs. 7 Solon (9-2) at University of Akron InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field

3 Lewis Center Olentangy (10-1) vs. 6 Toledo Whitmer (9-2) at Tiffin Columbian Frost-Kalnow Stadium

Division II – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13

Home Team listed first.

Region 4

1 Grafton Midview (11-0) vs. 4 Cleveland Glenville (10-1) at Avon Lake Memorial Stadium

2 Perrysburg (11-0) vs. 3 Avon (10-1) at Sandusky Perkins Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium

Division III – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13

Home Team listed first.

Region 8

1 Cleveland Benedictine (11-0) vs. 5 Bay Village Bay (10-1) at First Federal Lakewood Stadium

2 Toledo Central Catholic (9-2) vs. 3 Clyde (10-1) at Millbury Lake Community Stadium

Region 10

1 Wapakoneta (11-0) vs. 4 Cincinnati Mt. Healthy (8-3) at Clayton Northmont Good Samaritan Stadium, Matt Dudon Memorial Field

2 Tipp City Tippecanoe (10-1) vs. 3 Trotwood-Madison (8-3) at Huber Heights Wayne Good Samaritan Athletic Field at Heidkamp Stadium

Division IV – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

Home Team listed first.

Region 12

1 Columbus Bishop Hartley (7-3) vs. 5 Ottawa-Glandforf (8-3) at Bellefontaine AcuSport Stadium

7 Bellevue (9-2) vs. 6 Springfield Kenton Ridge (8-3) at Findlay Donnell Stadium

Division V – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13

Home Team listed first.

Region 16

1 Milan Edison (10-1) vs. 4 Swanton (10-1) at Tiffin Columbian Frost-Kalnow Stadium

7 Rossford (9-2) vs. 6 Doylestown Chippewa (9-2) at Kalahari Field at Huron Memorial Stadium

Division VI – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

Home Team listed first.

Region 20

8 Delta (7-4) vs. 5 Van Buren (8-3) at Holland Springfield Community Stadium

2 Defiance Tinora (9-1) vs. 3 North Robinson Colonel Crawford (10-1) at Lima Spartan Stadium

Division VII – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13

Home Team listed first.

Region 24

1 McComb (10-1) vs. 4 Leipsic (6-5) at Findlay Donnell Stadium

7 Tiffin Calvert (6-5) vs. 3 Lucas (9-1) at First National Bank Field at Bellevue Athletic Facility