Ohio high school football playoff projections entering final day of … – WCPO 9 Cincinnati


CINCINNATI — The Ohio high school football postseason picture started to become clear Friday night across seven divisions in Greater Cincinnati.

Computer points analyst Joe Eitel, who helps the Ohio High School Athletic Association with its weekly football computer points ratings during the season, updated the playoff projections Friday night entering the final day of the regular season on Saturday.

Eitel’s projections are considered unofficial until the Ohio High School Athletic Association posts its playoff qualifiers list Sunday.

The Ohio high school football playoffs begin Oct. 27.

All playoff rounds prior to the state finals will be held on Fridays for all seven divisions. The top eight seeds in each of the regions host first-round games.

These are the projections as of 12:30 a.m. Saturday:

Division I

In Division I, Region 4, Milford (10-0) unofficially clinched the No. 1 seed after the Eagles defeated visiting Turpin 42-21. Milford earned the Eastern Cincinnati Conference title outright and its first 10-0 record in program history. The Milford football program dates back to at least 1909.

“It means that Milford has a legit football program with all the qualities of championship teams,” Milford coach Tom Grippa said.

“Championship-level defense, good special teams and a balanced offense who can win running the ball or throwing the ball. I’m also very proud of our toughness, determination and poise.”

Milford, ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Division I state poll, clinched its first outright league title since 1986. Friday’s win was Grippa’s 225th career victory and 50th win while at Milford.

Princeton (10-0) unofficially clinched the No. 2 seed after it defeated visiting Sycamore 42-7. The Vikings earned their first Greater Miami Conference outright title since 1993 and their first 10-0 record since 1991.

“I’m very, very proud of these young men,” Princeton coach Andre Parker said. “I’m proud of the community, the administration.”

Lakota West (8-2) is projected at No. 3 while St. Xavier (6-4) is No. 4. Moeller (6-4) may be fifth or sixth while Hamilton (7-3) is fifth or sixth.

Elder (6-4) is projected from Nos. 5-8. Lebanon is Nos. 7-8.

Mason (5-5), Oak Hills (5-5) and Sycamore (5-5) are Nos. 9-11.

West Clermont (4-6) is No. 12, Springboro (2-8) No. 13, Western Hills (4-6) No. 14, Middletown (3-7) No. 15 and Fairfield (3-7) No. 16.

Division II

Anderson (9-1) is projected as the No. 1 seed. Troy (9-1) is No. 2 while Withrow (9-1) is No. 3 and Clayton Northmont (6-4) No. 4.

Harrison (7-3) is No. 5, while Winton Woods (7-3) is No. 6. Lima Senior (8-2) is seventh, Loveland (5-5) eighth and Kings (5-5) ninth.

Xenia (5-5) and La Salle (5-5) are either Nos. 10 or 11.

Sidney (5-5) is No. 12, while Fairborn (4-6) is No. 13. Stebbins (4-6) is either Nos. 14 or 15. Turpin (3-7) is either Nos. 15 or 16. Edgewood (3-6) is likely in.

Division III

Badin (10-0) defeated McNicholas and clinched the No. 1 seed. The Rams earned their fourth consecutive undefeated regular season.

Mount Healthy (8-2) is likely No. 7 while Wilmington (8-2) is No. 8 among Greater Cincinnati teams hosting first-round games.

New Richmond (5-5) is No. 12 and Western Brown (3-7) No. 15. Goshen (3-7) is likely No. 16.

Division IV
Clinton-Massie clinched the No. 1 seed unofficially. Taft (8-2) appears to be No. 3.

Indian Hill (8-2) defeated Taylor and the Braves are either Nos. 5 or 6. Indian Hill clinched the Cincinnati Hills League title outright for the first time since 2015.

Wyoming (9-1) is projected to host a first-round game at either Nos. 5 or 6.

McNicholas (5-5) is either Nos. 9 or 10. Reading (7-3) is projected at No. 12. Roger Bacon (6-4) could be No. 13.

Division V

Purcell Marian is likely No. 5. Bethel-Tate (6-4) could be eighth or ninth. Blanchester (7-3) could be seventh through ninth in the standings.

Madeira (5-5) is likely No. 12 while Middletown Madison (4-6) is No. 13. Mariemont (4-6) was still on the bubble.

Division VI

Williamsburg (10-0) is unofficially the No. 1 seed. Cincinnati Country Day (10-0) is likely No. 3. Deer Park (3-7) could be 10 through 12.

Division VII

Cincinnati College Prep (7-2) could be either fourth or fifth. St. Bernard-Elmwood Place (7-2) is No. 7. Lockland (4-5) is No. 15.

How it works

Each region will qualify 16 teams to the playoffs for a total of 448 teams or 64 teams per division.

The regional semifinals, regional finals and state semifinals will be held at neutral locations.

The state finals are Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton. The divisions and times will be announced later. This is the third year of a three-year contract between the OHSAA and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The OHSAA is on record of saying it wants to continue the state football finals in Canton beyond this season.

Regional playoff game tickets

Tickets for regional playoff games (first four rounds) will go on sale every Monday with staggered start times. Division I and II go on sale at 10 a.m., Division III and IV go on sale at 11 a.m., and Division V, VI and VII go on sale at noon. All tickets are purchased at www.OHSAA.org/tickets.

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