The Ohio High School Playoffs kicked off Friday with games from Divisions II, IV, and VI (Regions 5-8, 13-16, and 21-24); while Saturday featured games from Divisions I, III, and V (Regions 1-4, 9-12, 17-20).
Saturday night WPKO featured the West Liberty game while Urbana was heard on WBLL. Both games were streamed live at PeakofOhio.com.
#8 Tecumseh (8-2) travels to Tri-Valley (10-0)
This is a first round rematch from last year, when Tri-Valley eliminated Tecumseh 48-30 on the way to a regional final appearance. Both of Tecumseh’s losses came against playoff teams.
Tri-Valley beat Tecumseh 47-29
#8 Tippecanoe (8-2) travels to Turpin (10-0)
This game is also an opening round rematch, as Turpin eliminated Tipp 24-21 last year. Tipp is lacking momentum, having lost 2 of the last 3 after a 7-0 start, although both losses came against playoff teams.
Turpin stopped Tipp 26-3
#4 North Union (10-0) welcomes Galion (9-1)
North Union is averaging 44.8 pts/gm while only allowing 8.8. The defense has held opponents to less than 10 points in 6 games.
Galion is on a nine-game win streak after dropping their opener to playoff-bound Mansfield Sr. They have also held opponents to less than 10 points 6 times this season.
North Union advanced 40-21
North Union will play #1 Bishop Hartley (11-0) next Saturday.
#7 Milton-Union (8-2) visits Westfall (9-1)
MU has scored 37+ points in each of their wins, averaging 46.75 overall in those contests.
Westfall, having scored 21+ in every game this year, is on a nine-game win streak after dropping their opener to Teays Valley.
Milton-Union rolled 46-14, and will play Norwood (10-1) next Friday.
#8 Waynesfield-Goshen (4-6) heads to Ada (9-1)
WG limps into the playoffs, having lost three in a row, and has given up 20+ points in nine of ten games this season, an average of 31.9 per game outside of the shutout over Ridgemont.
Ada’s lone loss came to 10-0 Lima Central Catholic, who is number one in region 18. Ada is averaging 42.1 points in their wins. They have also won their opening round playoff game each of the past two years before falling in the second round.
Ada romped over W-G 50-15
#2 Minster (8-2) hosts Tri-County North (7-3)
Minster hails from the powerful MAC, whose teams have produced 27 state title winners overall across the divisions, including 26 in the last 21 years. Starting with Minster’s title in 1989 (their only one), MAC teams have fielded at least one state champion in 17 of the past 21 seasons, including 7 seasons with two.
Minster rocked TCN 48-7, and will play defending champion Marion Local next Friday.
#5 Fort Loramie (8-2) visits St. Henry (7-3)
Fort Loramie rolls in having shutout their last three opponents, outscoring them 165-0.
St. Henry, rebounding from a 1-9 campaign in 2011, has losses that include defending DVI champ Marion Local and Minster, one of whom they would meet in the regional final.
St. Henry advances 45-21
#3 Urbana (9-1) will host Perkins (9-1)
Two high powered offenses will take the field in this game. Urbana has scored 28+ every game this season, 40+ seven times, is averaging 42.3 pts/gm, and riding an eight-game win streak.
Perkins, who was just 5-15 over the past two seasons, comes in on a nine-game win streak after dropping their opener to playoff-bound R10 #2 Bellevue. Perkins was held under 28 points only once, and is averaging 38 pts/gm.
Perkins dominated 42-14
#7 Shawnee (7-3) will take on Archbishop Alter (8-1-1)
Shawnee vaulted into the playoffs with a huge home win over Tippecanoe last week. They were the DIII runners-up last year, when they lost 21-14 to Cardinal Mooney in the final.
Alter has posted 34+ points eight times this season.
Shawnee held off Alter 42-34, and will play The Plains Athens (10-1) next Saturday.
#4 West Liberty-Salem (10-0) will host Dayton Christian (10-0)
The Tigers are riding a 24-game regular season winning streak. This season they averaged 48.2 pts/gm while allowing 12.5, holding opponents under 20 in each of the lasts nine games. The closest game WL-S has played this season was a 25-6 win over Catholic Central, and the average margin of victory this season is 35.7 points.
Dayton Christian, on a 14 game winning streak, finished 9-1 in 2011, but did not make the playoffs.
West Liberty-Salem advances to week 12 28-14, where the Tigers will take on #1 Coldwater (11-0). The game will be broadcast on WPKO and also streamed on PeakofOhio.com Saturday night.
#1 Coldwater (10-0) hosts Miami East (7-3)
Coldwater has been state runners-up each of the past three seasons. After giving up 22 to Kenton in the opener, Coldwater’s defense has allowed just 3.6 pts/gm, including four shutouts, 7 twice, and 6 three times.
Coldwater romps 42-7
#7 Triad (8-2) heads down to Summit Country Day (10-0)
In the eight wins bookended by the losses to Indian Lake and WL-S, the Cardinals did not give up more than 14 points a game.
Summit Country Day allowed just 6 pts/gm, notching 3 shutouts and holding opponents to eight points or less in each of the last eight games.
Triad was up for most of the game but could not hold on, as Summit Country Day wins 35-27.
Among the defending state champions, here is their fate:
DI R1 - #2 St. Ignatius (9-1) hosts Austintown-Fitch (9-1). Ignatius wins 35-26. St. Ignatius advances to play North Royalton (10-1), looking to set up a rematch against St. Edward in the Regional final. St. Edward won in week 10 20-13.
DII R8 - #6 Trotwood-Madison (8-2) travels to Mt. Healthy (9-1). T-M rolls 48-0. T-M will play Winton Woods, who they eliminated in 2010 42-23 on their way to runner-up status before winning the 2011 crown.
DIII R11 - #19 Cardinal Mooney (3-6) – failed to qualify
DIV R13 - #2 Norwayne (10-0) hosts Northwestern (8-2). Norwayne pounds Northwestern 48-7.
DV R17 - #1 Kirtland (10-0) hosts Fort Frye (8-2). Kirtland whips Frye 49-7.
DVI R24 - #3 Marion Local (8-2) hosts Bradford (8-2). Marion Local races to a 53-27 win.
Ottawa-Glandorf, after a perfect WBL season, continues to dominate with a 72-0 win over Clearview. They will now play Genoa Area (11-0) next Friday.
Also advancing from the MAC was Delphos St. John’s, with a 34-29 win over Leipsic, to play St. Joseph C.C. (10-1) on Friday.
See complete brackets for all regions at http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/2012/TournamentCentral.htm.