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