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OHSAA announces Week 12 pairings & neutral sites



Neutral sites selected to host regional semifinal games Friday and Saturday; notes packet link included

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the pairings for the regional semifinals (second round) of the football playoffs Sunday.

During the first four rounds of the playoffs, all games will kick off at 7 PM. Division I, II, III and VI games will be on Fridays. Division IV, V and VII games will be on Saturdays.

OHSAA Regional Semifinal Playoff Pairings
Home team listed first. Pairings include seed and record.

Division I – Games at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9
Region 1
1 Mentor (10-1) vs. 5 Canton McKinley (9-2) at Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium
7 Lakewood St. Edward (7-3) vs. 3 Euclid (9-2) at Parma Byers Field

Region 2
1 Reynoldsburg (10-1) vs. 4 Powell Olentangy Liberty (7-4) at Cols. St. Francis DeSales Alumni Stadium
2 Dublin Coffman (10-1) vs. 3 Tol. Whitmer (9-2) at Marion Harding Ohio Health Field at Harding Stadium

Region 3
1 Hilliard Davidson (10-1) vs. 4 Springfield (9-2) at London Bowlus Field
2 Clayton Northmont (10-1) vs. 6 Pickerington Central (9-2) at Springfield Evans Stadium

Region 4
1 Cin. Colerain (11-0) vs. 4 Milford (9-2) at Cin. St. Xavier Ballaban Field
7 Liberty Twp. Lakota East (8-3) vs. 3 Cin. Elder (7-4) at Mason Dwire Field, Atrium Stadium

Division II – Games at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9
Region 5
1 Akr. Archbishop Hoban (11-0) vs. 5 Garfield Hts. (11-0) at Hudson Memorial Stadium
2 Maple Heights (11-0) vs. 6 Painesville Riverside (9-2) at Mayfield Wildcat Stadium

Region 6
1 Tol. Central Catholic (11-0) vs. 4 Avon Lake (10-1) at Sandusky Perkins Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium
2 Whitehouse Anthony Wayne (11-0) vs. 3 Avon (10-1) at Clyde Robert J. Bishop Jr. Stadium

Region 7
1 Massillon Washington (11-0) vs. 5 Whitehall-Yearling (10-1) at Mansfield Arlin Stadium
7 Dresden Tri-Valley (10-1) vs. 3 Wadsworth (11-0) at Dover Crater Stadium

Region 8
1 Cin. Winton Woods (10-1) vs. 5 Morrow Little Miami (9-2) at Hamilton Virgil M. Schwarm Stadium
7 Cin. Anderson (8-3) vs. 3 Troy (10-1) at Miamisburg Holland Field

Division III – Games at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9
Region 9
1 Canfield (10-1) vs. 5 Akron East (9-2) at Ravenna Gilcrest Field at Portage Community Bank Stadium
2 Chagrin Falls Kenston (10-1) vs. 3 Medina Buckeye (10-1) at Bedford Bearcat Stadium

Region 10
8 Rocky River (7-4) vs. 4 Norwalk (8-3) at North Ridgeville Ranger Stadium
7 Lexington (7-4) vs. 6 Sandusky (7-4) at Willard Stadium

Region 11
1 Cols. Bishop Hartley (9-2) vs. 4 Cols. Eastmoor Academy (10-1) at Hamilton Township Alumni Stadium
2 Granville (10-1) vs. 6 Thornville Sheridan (10-1) at Newark Paul “Hoss” Starr Stadium at White Field

Region 12
1 Kettering Archbishop Alter (10-1) vs. 5 Hamilton Badin (8-3) at Middletown Barnitz Stadium
2 Wapakoneta (10-1) vs. 3 Middletown Bishop Fenwick (9-2) at Piqua Alexander Stadium

Division IV – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Region 13
1 Perry (10-1) vs. 5 Girard (10-1) at Ashtabula Lakeside Field
2 Steubenville (10-1) vs. 3 Hubbard (10-1) at Youngstown Boardman Spartan Stadium

Region 14
1 Bellville Clear Fork (11-0) vs. 4 Lorain Clearview (10-1) at Wooster Follis Field
2 St. Marys Memorial (10-1) vs. 3 Van Wert (9-2) at Lima Spartan Stadium

Region 15
1 St. Clairsville (11-0) vs. 4 Bloom-Carroll (9-2) at Zanesville Sulsberger Stadium
7 Newark Licking Valley (8-3) vs. 3 Gnadenhutten Indian Valley (10-1) at Duncan Falls Philo Sam Hatfield Stadium

Region 16
1 Cin. Wyoming (11-0) vs. 4 Cin. Indian Hill (9-2) at Lakota West Firebird Field
2 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (10-1) vs. 6 London (10-1) at Washington C.H. Miami Trace Stadium

Division V – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Region 17
1 Orrville (9-2) vs. 4 Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (11-0) at Twinsburg Tiger Stadium
2 Akron Manchester (8-3) vs. 3 Leavittsburg Labrae (10-1) at Louisville Leopard Stadium

Region 18
1 Genoa Area (11-0) vs. 4 Elyria Catholic (9-2) at First National Bank Field at Bellevue Athletic Facility
2 Liberty Center (10-1) vs. 3 Oak Harbor (10-1) at Millbury Lake Community Stadium

Region 19
1 Johnstown-Monroe (10-1) vs. 5 Bellaire (8-3) at Zanesville Maysville Athletic Complex
2 West Lafayette Ridgewood (10-1) vs. 3 Byesville Meadowbrook (8-3) at New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium

Region 20
1 Wheelersburg (10-1) vs. 5 Jamestown Greeneview (10-1) at Chillicothe Herrnstein Field
2 Middletown Madison (11-0) vs. 6 Cin. Hills Christian Academy (8-2) at Liberty Twp. Lakota East Stadium

Division VI – Games at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9
Region 21
1 Mogadore (10-1) vs. 5 McDonald (11-0) at Aurora Veterans Stadium
2 Kirtland (11-0) vs. 3 Creston Norwayne (10-1) at Strongsville Pat Catan Stadium

Region 22
1 Attica Seneca East (10-1) vs. 4 Columbus Grove (8-3) at Tiffin Frost-Kalnow Stadium
7 Sherwood Fairview (8-3) vs. 3 Jeromesville Hillsdale (9-2) at Findlay Donnell Stadium

Region 23
1 Bainbridge Paint Valley (11-0) vs. 4 Shadyside (9-2) at Zanesville Sulsberger Stadium
2 Beverly Ft. Frye (10-0) vs. 3 Galion Northmor (10-1) at Pataskala Watkins Memorial Ascena Field

Region 24
1 Coldwater (9-2) vs. 5 St. Henry (9-2) at Sidney Memorial Stadium
2 Lima Central Catholic (9-1) vs. 3 Maria Stein Marion Local (10-1) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field

Division VII – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Region 25
1 Cuyahoga Heights (9-2) vs. 4 East Canton (8-3) at Hudson Memorial Stadium
7 Warren John F. Kennedy (6-5) vs. 3 Ashland Mapleton (8-3) at Canton Central Catholic Lowell Klinefelter Stadium

Region 26
8 Leipsic (10-1) vs. 5 McComb (10-1) at Findlay Donnell Stadium
2 Edgerton (11-0) vs. 6 Pandora-Gilboa (11-0) at Defiance Fred Brown Athletic Complex

Region 27
1 Lucas (9-2) vs. 4 Waterford (9-2) at Coshocton Stewart Field
2 Canal Winchester Harvest Prep (10-0) vs. 3 Glouster Trimble (10-1) at Logan Chieftain Stadium

Region 28
1 Fort Loramie (10-1) vs. 5 Sidney Lehman Catholic (8-3) at Piqua Alexander Stadium
2 Convoy Crestview (10-1) vs. 3 Minster (8-3) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field
More on Neutral Sites
Neutral sites are selected by the OHSAA. There are many factors that go into determining playoff sites, such as quality of field surface, seating capacity, quality of lighting, size of locker rooms and distance from field, press box size, parking, 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. The OHSAA cannot mandate that a specific site be available and it is rare to have an available site exactly halfway between the two competing schools. Host sites keep revenue from concession stands and parking and they also receive a predetermined rental fee from the OHSAA, which covers game expenses.

First-Round Playoff Results by Seed
Higher seeds (home teams) went 82-30 in the first round of the playoffs last week. No. 1 seeds went 26-2, No. 2 seeds went 20-8, No. 3 seeds went 21-7 and No. 4 seeds went 15-13. The two No. 8 seeds to win at No. 1 seeds included Division III, Region 10, Rocky River (defeated Clyde 27-17) and Division VII, Region 26, Leipsic (defeated Sycamore Mohawk 40-14). In both of those regions, only one higher seed/home team won in the first round.

First Round Success
Three schools continued their amazing success rate in the first round of the playoffs. St. Henry has been in the playoffs 17 times and is now 17-0 in first-round playoff games. Cincinnati Colerain is now 20-0 in the first round, although one of its first-round games (1995) was later forfeited. Also of note, since 1998, Coldwater is 21-0 in the first-round of the playoffs (22-2 all-time in the first round).

Familiar Territory
The closest geographical proximity for two teams playing in the regional semis is between Columbus Bishop Hartley and Columbus Eastmoor Academy in Div. III, Region 11. Those two schools are less than two miles apart. There are three other games in which the opponents are less than 10 miles apart, including Coldwater vs. St. Henry (5 miles, Div. VI, Region 24), Leipsic vs. McComb (11 miles, Div. VII, Region 26) and Fort Loramie vs. Sidney Lehman Catholic (11 miles, Div. VII, Region 28).

Proving the Pollsters
All 70 teams that were ranked in the Final Associated Press state poll qualified for the playoffs and they went 59-11 in the first round of the playoffs. Of note, In Division VII, Leipsic knocked off AP No. 1 Sycamore Mohawk, 40-14, in Region 26. In Division III, Thornville Sheridan defeated AP No. 2 Bellbrook, 27-19, in Region 10.
In 2017, all 70 teams ranked in the AP Top 10 made the playoffs and 35 of them reached the regional finals. Three poll champs in 2017 also won state titles on the field, including Trotwood-Madison (Div. III), Steubenville (Div. IV) and Maria Stein Marion Local (Div. VI). Also in 2016, two unranked teams reached the state finals, including Dresden Tri-Valley (Div. III, lost to Trotwood) and Minster (Div. VII, defeated Cuyahoga Heights).

Noting the Undefeated and the .500
Only 24 teams across Ohio went undefeated during the regular-season, which is the second-fewest in the playoff era (since 1972 – only 22 teams went undefeated in 2015). Last weekend in the first-round, 20 of those undefeated teams won.
There are two matchups in the regional semifinals that include undefeated teams squaring off. In Region 5, No. 1 Akron Archbishop Hoban (11-0) takes on No. 5 Garfield Heights (11-0), while in Region 26, No. 2 Edgerton (11-0) will play No. 6 Pandora-Gilboa (11-0).
Last week, three undefeated teams played their regional quarterfinal game on the road, including Garfield Heights (Div. II, 5 seed in Region 5), McDonald (Div. VI, 5 seed in Region 21) and Pandora Gilboa (Div. VII, 6 seed in Region 26).
Also of note, a record 11 teams with 5-5 records qualified for the playoffs this year. Only one of those 5-5 teams, Warren John F. Kennedy in Division VII, won their regional quarterfinal game.




#10 Ohio State 36 Nebraska 31: Buckeyes post-game notes and safety Brendon White interview


Brendon White, Ohio State safety was one of the defensive stars with 13 tackles. He is the son of former OSU and NFL safety William White ( photo)


Brendon White Ohio State safety subbed for ejected Jordan Fuller 11 3 2018


Ohio State Football Postgame Notes

  • With 18 completions Saturday, Dwayne Haskins broke J.T. Barrett’s Ohio State single-season completion record and now has 242 on the year. Barrett previously held the record with 240 in 2017.
  • The Buckeyes rushed for 233 yards against the Huskers, marking the second-most in a game this season and the most since the opener against Oregon State.
  • Johnnie Dixon’s 42-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter marked his fifth touchdown catch of the year.
  • Dixon tied his career high with five catches. He previously caught five passes against Indiana earlier this season.
  • J.K. Dobbins’ 10-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his team-high fifth of the year before he tacked on his sixth of 2018 with a three-yard run in the third quarter and seventh with a 42-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. The game marked the first multi-touchdown game of the year for Dobbins and second of his career after scoring twice against Army in 2017.
  • The game marked the second time this season a Buckeye ran for three scores. Mike Weber scored three times earlier this season against Oregon State.
  • The blocked punt in the first quarter was the second of the year for the Buckeyes and marked Ohio State’s first recorded safety since the UNLV game in 2017.
  • Dobbins surpassed 2,000 career yards in the game. Along with Weber, they are the first running back duo on the same team in school history with 2,000 career rushing yards.
  • Parris Campbell’s nine-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter tied him with Terry McLaurin for the team lead with eight touchdown receptions.
  • Malik Harrison and Brendon White each set a career high with 13 tackles. White’s two tackles for loss were a career best.



#10 Ohio State 36 Nebraska 31: Cornhuskers notes and Scott Frost press conference




Scott Frost pleased with Nebraska's progress the past 3 games ( photo)


Scott Frost Nebraska head coach postgame after Ohio State game 11 3 2018











Nebraska Post-Game Notes

Nebraska at Ohio State, Nov. 3, 2018, Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.

·         Nebraska dropped to 1-6 all-time against Ohio State, including 0-4 in Columbus.

·         The Huskers gained 450 yards against Ohio State, marking their sixth straight game with at least 450 yards of total offense. The six-game streak ties for the longest such streak in school history (also six-game stretches in 1972, 1982, 1994 and 1995).

·         Nebraska opened the game with a 12-play, 75-yard drive that took 5:04 and gave Nebraska a 7-0 lead. It marked the fifth straight time Nebraska has received the opening kickoff that it drove for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Nebraska also scored a TD to open a 7-0 advantage against Purdue, Northwestern, Minnesota and Bethune-Cookman. Four of the five drives covered 75 yards and all five have been at least 65 yards.

·         Nebraska had three takeaways in the game, leading to 14 Husker points. Nebraska had three takeaways last week against Bethune-Cookman, marking the first time since 2014 that Nebraska has had back-to-back games with three takeaways. In 2014, Nebraska had three or more takeaways in three straight games against Miami, Illinois and Michigan State.

·         Martinez completed 22-of-33 passes for 266 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 72 yards on 20 carries with a pair of touchdowns on the ground. Martinez recorded 338 yards of total offense, accounting for 300 yards of total offense for the fifth time in eight games this season. He is the fourth player in NU history with five 300-yard total offense games in a season, and is just one 300-yard game from the single-season record of six 300-yard total offense games.

·         Martinez rushed for two touchdowns in the game, tying his career-high. Martinez also rushed for two touchdowns against Colorado.

·       Wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. caught seven passes for 87 yards. Morgan increased his season receptions total to 51 to become the fourth player in school history with back-to-back 50-catch seasons, joining Johnny Rodgers (1971 & 1972), Kenny Bell (2012 & 2013) and JD Spielman (2017 & 2018).

·         Morgan’s seven receptions gave him 170 career receptions, moving him up two spots to second on the Nebraska career receptions list. In today’s game he passed Jordan Westerkamp (167) and Nate Swift (166) on the list and trails career leader Kenny Bell by just 11 receptions (Bell had 181 career receptions).

·         Morgan’s 87 receiving yards gave him 2,468 career receiving yards, moving him within 11 yards of second place on the Nebraska career receiving yardage list (Johnny Rodgers, 2,479).

·         Running back Devine Ozigbo rushed 20 times for 86 yards and one touchdown in the game. Ozigbo has at least one rushing touchdown in five of the past six games. Ozigbo increased his career rushing total to 1,910 moving him within 90 yards of becoming the 30th 2,000-yard rusher in school history.

·         Wide receiver JD Spielman caught six passes for 61 yards in the game, increasing his season receptions total to 59 good for sixth on the NU season receptions list.

·         Spielman also closed the scoring with a 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, his eighth touchdown catch of the season. Spielman’s eight touchdown receptions are tied for seventh on Nebraska’s single-season list.

·         Sophomore JoJo Domann had a second-quarter sack that caused a fumble, recording his first career sack. It marked the second straight week Domann has forced a fumble.  Domann also had a career-high seven tackles in the game, bettering his previous high of two tackles.

·         Cornerback Lamar Jackson had a third-quarter interception to end an Ohio State scoring threat. It marked his second interception of 2018 and second of his career.

·         Senior linebacker Dedrick Young had season-high 10 tackles in the game to increase his career total to 258, moving him into the top 10 on the Nebraska career tackles list and into ninth place.

·         Cornerback Dicaprio Bootle had one pass breakup, giving him 15 this season and moving him into a tie for fourth place on Nebraska’s season PBU list. His 15 breakups are the most by a Husker since the 2005 season, and Bootle is two breakups from DeJuan Groce’s school-record 17 pass breakups in 2000.



WR Stanley Morgan Jr caught seven passes for 87 yards














QB Adrian Martinez completed 22-of-33 passes for 266 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 72 yards on 20 carries with a pair of touchdowns on the ground.















RB Devine Ozigbo rushed 20 times for 86 yards and one touchdown in the game

RB Devine Ozigbo rushed 20 times for 86 yards and one touchdown in the game

Crew SC hosts NY Red Bulls in 2018 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs today at 3 PM




Columbus Crew SC vs. New York Red Bulls
Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs — Conference Semifinals, First Leg
MAPFRE Stadium — Columbus
November 4 — 3 pm ET




After following the same script to pull off a Knockout Round upset for the second year in a row, Columbus Crew SC is looking to knock off a New York-area squad in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in back-to-back years.

The New York Red Bulls are rested after capturing their third Supporters’ Shield title in six years with a Decision Day presented by AT&T win over Orlando City SC coupled with Toronto FC’s victory over Atlanta United.

The MLS originals have met three previous times in the postseason with Crew SC winning each matchup, including the 2008 MLS Cup and, most recently, the Eastern Conference final in 2015, prevailing 2-1 on aggregate.

At MAPFRE Stadium in June, the Red Bulls spent much of the game defending and Crew SC took a deserved lead on a 26th-minute goal by Gyasi Zardes before Alex Muyl leveled in the 57th minute in a 1-1 draw.

At Red Bull Arena in late July, Jonathan Mensah and Patrick Mullins struck, followed by a Sean Davis own goal to give Columbus a 3-0 lead after 31 minutes. The Red Bulls roared back after halftime and pulled to within a goal on a Mensah own goal and a Daniel Royer goal in the 69th minute, but the Black & Gold would prevail 3-2, becoming just the second team this year to win in Harrison and the only team in the East the Red Bulls didn’t beat this year.


  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: M – Federico Higuain, M – Eduardo Sosa
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: M – Mike Grella (left knee meniscectomy), M – Pedro Santos (right leg injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Zack Seffen — Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, Gaston Sauro, Milton Valenzuela — Artur, Wil Trapp — Niko Hansen, Federico Higuain, Justin Meram — Gyasi Zardes

  • Notes: Higuain’s brace against D.C. United was his ninth all time for the Crew – tops for the team since 2007. … Including the playoffs Columbus is undefeated in four against the Red Bulls at home (3W-1D). They haven’t been held scoreless in Ohio vs New York since May 4, 2013.


What seemed like a long shot became a reality last Saturday when the Red Bulls captured a third Supporters’ Shield title in six years following a 1-0 win over Orlando City SC on Decision Day.

Now, the Red Bulls begin a quest to capture a first-ever MLS Cup after 22 years of postseason failure.

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: M – Florian Valot (torn left ACL), D – Kyle Duncan (torn right ACL), M – Vincent Bezecourt (right MCL surgery), D – Tommy Redding (shoulder surgery), M – Ben Mines (broken left clavicle surgery)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Luis Robles — Michael Murillo, Tim Parker, Aaron Long, Kemar Lawrence — Tyler Adams, Sean Davis — Alex Muyl, Kaku, Danny Royer — Bradley Wright-Phillips

  • Notes: Bradley Wright-Phillips averaged 1.0 goals+assists per 90 in the regular season, tied for his best average in a season since joining the Red Bulls in 2013. … The Red Bulls kept 15 clean sheets in 2018, tied for the third-most ever in a MLS season. Four of those came in road games, tied for their second most in a season since 2010.

All-Time Series (Regular Season)


Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistant Referees: Peter Manikowski, Jose J. Da Silva
4th Official: Armando Villarreal
VAR: Mark Geiger






Crew SC wins shoot out at DC United with Higuian & Steffen starring; earns ticket to Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. NY Red Bulls











In a match eerily similar to last season’s postseason triumph over Atlanta United FC and nearly a year to the day, a brace from Federico Higuaín and penalty-kick heroics from Zack Steffen propelled Columbus Crew SC past D.C. United 3-2 in penalty kicks in the Knockout Round of the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs on Thursday, Nov. 1 at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.

D.C. United, who had not lost in its last 10 matches - including five straight home wins – struck first via Frédéric Brillant after a Columbus defensive miscue at the goal line in the 21st minute.

Hungry to equalize, Crew SC turned to Higuaín just nine minutes later. Following a Justin Meram cross from the left flank, the veteran midfielder found himself in the right place at the right time inside the six-yard-box and toed in the equalizer, marking his third career postseason goal.

After over an hour of scoreless play, the match entered extra time tied at 1-1 before the Maestro struck again. This time, it was a whipping header from 13 yards out placed deftly inside the far post past a diving Bill Hamid.

D.C.’s attacking pressure eventually broke through in the second period of extra time as Nick DeLeon connected solidly on a well-placed strike following a heading clearance from Gyasi Zardes.

Tied at 2-2 entering PKs, Higuaín calmly converted for the night’s first PK. Up next, Zack Steffen continued doing what Zack Steffen does in penalty kick shootouts, this time against Wayne Rooney.

Wil Trapp and Niko Hansen each converted while Zardes’ attempt was saved by Hamid. Up third for D.C. was Lucas Acosta, and again, Steffen came up huge.

Patrick Mullins stepped up with a chance to win the game against his former team, but was denied by the post.

Next for D.C. was DeLeon, the game-tying scorer with an opportunity to bring D.C. level and extend to a sixth round. With a quick approach, the veteran lifted his try over the frame, sealing Crew SC’s second-straight Knockout Round road victory.

Crew SC now hosts the New York Red Bulls in Leg 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. ET at MAPFRE Stadium. Leg 2 will be held at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, November 11, with the time to be determined following Sunday’s match.




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