Whitmer, Pickerington Central dominant in reaching football semis

Let’s take a quick trip around the state for an update on the football playoffs. For a look at the brackets, click here.

Division I

Toledo Whitmer’s defense continues to frustrate opponents. This time it was Wadsworth that fell victim to the Panthers’ suffocating unit. Whitmer shut down Wadsworth star Jack Snowball and returned a pick for a score in a 37-0 rout… St. Xavier avenged an earlier to loss to Moeller and captured its sixth region crown with a 35-21 defeat of Moeller… St. Ignatius was able to dominate the time of possession with its ground game and kept Mentor’s high-powered attack off the field to claim a 23-17 victory. Eric Williams tossed a pair of TDs and RB Tim McVey carried 38 times for 167 hard-fought yards on the ground. Pickerington Central’s defense shut down Hilliard Davidson’s attack to reach the semis with a 24-0 win.

Division II

After falling behind by three scores, Trotwood-Madison rolled up 35 unanswered points to secure a berth in the semifinals. The Rams will play Marion-Franklin, which topped Tri-Valley, 48-42, in OT. Aurora and Avon also advanced to the final four with wins over Walsh Jesuit and Tiffin, respectively.

Division III

Top-seeded Chagrin Falls and Shawnee made it through to the semis and will be joined by four-seed Cardinal Mooney and five-seed Elida. Mooney withstood 44 points by Dover to grab a 70-44 victory over Dover, Shawnee outlasted Alder by 11, Elida dropped another higher seed in Eastmoor, while Chagrin Falls toppled SVSM, 30-12.

Division IV

Maty Mauk and Kenton had an uncharacteristic performance Friday night, but still managed to advance with a 30-28 win over Bishop Hartley. Mauk passed for a career-worst 97 yards and was picked off twice in a 13-for-21 performance. He offset his poor passing day by rushing for 163 yards and three scores… A date with Clinton-Massie awaits Kenton, after the Falcons punched their ticket to the Division IV semifinals by virtue of a 21-20 win over Chaminade-Julienne. Norwayne and Johnstown-Monroe will face off on the other side of the bracket.

Division V

The final four is set as Kirtland will face Bucyrus Wynford and Coldwater will battle Hicksville. Wynford is the lone No. 1 seed to survive and remains in the mix for a state crown.

Division VI

A pair of one seeds and two seeds advanced to the semis. Top-seed Berlin Center Western will take on New Washington Buckeye Central, while fellow one-seed Maria Stein Marion plays Delphos St. John’s.