With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the South Central Ohio League is wide open.
Three teams — perennial champion Clinton-Massie, Wilmington and Chillicothe — sit atop the league standings at 4-0.
Fayette County entries Washington and Miami Trace are next in line at 2-2 then a triumvirate of East Clinton, Hillsboro and McClain follow at 0-4.
This week, those standings will be jumbled just a bit.
At the top, Chillicothe travels to Clinton-Massie with the winner still in first place.
The Hurricane travels to Eber for a tough road battle against the Panthers.
The Blue Lions make the trek to Greenfield to face the Tigers while the Astros and Indians battle to keep out of the league cellar.
All games are scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
At this time of year, the post-season is a consideration in addition to winning a league title.
Clinton-Massie is currently in eighth place in Div. IV Region 14, the final spot eligible for the playoffs in that region. With two winning teams the next two weeks, the Falcons playoff placement will be much clearer.
For now, things could still go either way. The Falcons have been to the playoffs 13 straight seasons.
Wilmington can’t afford to look past Miami Trace this week to the Oct. 23 meeting against Clinton-Massie. Yes, the WHS-CM matchup is big, as is the regular season finale against Chillicothe.
But a loss to Trace would likely end the Hurricane’s chance for a post-season bid. Currently, WHS is 12th in Div. III Region 10.
Chillicothe has Massie this week then Wilmington in week 10 but sandwiched in between is a pesky Washington squad. The Cavaliers, currently 10th in Div. III Region 9, would get major playoff points with wins over CM and WHS but might be on the outside looking in if they lost to the Blue Lions.