Loss to Chillicothe puts Wilmington out of playoffs


By Matt Sexton - WNJ Sports Writer



Playoff pictures came into focus after Friday night’s high school football games.

Wilmington’s 26-22 loss at Chillicothe left the Hurricane out of the Division III, Region 10 playoffs. A victory over the Cavaliers would have put Wilmington into the playoffs.

Clinton-Massie had no such concerns heading into Friday’s game at East Clinton. The Falcons knew they were in the playoffs. They now know they will host a first round game Nov. 7 at Frank Irelan Field.

The Falcons will be seeded third in the Region 14 playoffs, but their first round opponent had not been determined at press time.

Chillicothe’s victory over Wilmington guaranteed the Cavaliers a playoff spot. They will be on the road for the first round of the playoffs, but their destination is not yet certain.

Bethel-Tate guaranteed a spot in the Region 18 playoffs with a 28-20 victory over Blanchester. The Tigers will be on the road in week 11, either at Brookville, CHCA, Coldwater or Milton-Union.

Williamsburg is another Southern Buckeye Conference team that has qualified for the playoffs. They will be seeded seventh in Region 22, which means a first-round road trip. That destination has not been determined.

East Clinton graduate Andy Olds will lead his Kings Knights into the playoffs as either the second or third seed. They will host a first-round playoff game, and they will potentially avoid defending state champion LaSalle until the regional final.

Another SBC team, Goshen, will have to wait 24 hours to find out its playoff fate. First, the Warriors lost to Western Brown Friday. However, if Dunbar defeats Belmont, the Warriors will sneak in as the final qualifier in Region 10. A Belmont win knocks the Warriors out.

New Richmond qualified for the Region 10 playoffs, but a stunning 14-9 week 10 loss to Norwood cost the Lions a home playoff game. They will travel to Mount Healthy in week 11.

All playoff positioning is unofficial courtesy of Joe Eitel’s website. Any misreported scores or forfeits could change the outcome of playoff races. Final pairings will be announced Sunday.

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By Matt Sexton

WNJ Sports Writer

Follow Matt on Twitter @mattsports

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