Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Ohio football playoff primer
Let's take a look at four marquee matchups for this week's football playoffs.
Toledo Whitmer (13-0) vs. St. Ignatius (11-2)
Whitmer's defense usually gets all the ink, but it was Ignatius' unit that drew rave reviews after stifling Mentor's powerful attack. The Wildcats held Mentor to 35 first-half yards en route to a 23-17 win. Workhorse back Tim McVey had 160 yards on a gaudy 38 carries. Whitmer's D-line of Chris Wormley and Joenathan Mays has frustrated opponents all season, while RB Jody Webb has controlled the clock on the ground.
Aurora (12-1) vs. Avon (12-1)
Top-seeded Avon hopes to survive a matchup with an Aurora squad that ousted No. 1 seed Walsh Jesuit last week. Few teams in Division II can match Aurora's offensive output and Blake Calcei has kept the chains moving all year for the Greenmen. Avon has won three in a row since its loss to Lake Catholic last month and the Eagles have won all three playoff games by double digits.
Chagrin Falls (13-0) vs. Cardinal Mooney (9-3)
The Tigers' potent offense (33.4 ppg) has paved the way to its 13-0 season. The Tigers hope to keep their undefeated streak intact against a Mooney defense that has struggled at times in the playoffs. Mooney can also put points on the board in a hurry, evidenced by its 34 points a contest.
Kenton (13-0) vs. Clinton-Massie (11-2)
You thought we could go a week without mentioning Maty Mauk? Wrong. The Missouri commit has kept the Wildcats undefeated this season with his prolific passing, but in recent weeks his legs have been the difference. Clinton-Massie's defense will be up to the task. The squad has allowed only 13.3 points a game in the postseason.
We want to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving and hope you have an enjoyable holiday season. Check back for highlights from this weekend's action on Monday.
David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.