OHSAA Announces Football Regional Final Pairings and Sites

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Regional boundary lines were drawn back in June, and now the championship games in those regions have arrived as the third round of the OHSAA football playoffs are this weekend. Division I, II, IV and VI games are Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Division III, V and VII games are Saturday at 7 p.m.

The OHSAA has selected neutral sites based on the best available sites after a number of factors have been evaluated. The regional playoffs follow bracket format, with the top team on the bracket designated as the home team (see brackets posted at OHSAA.org).

State Semifinal Pairings

Later this week, the OHSAA will announce how the regional champions in several divisions will be paired in the state semifinals Nov. 25-26. The regional champion pairings in some divisions, however, will not be determined until after the regional finals this weekend. Note that state semifinal pairings are based on geography.

Fifteen is the Number

Fifteen of the 28 total No. 1 seeds have advanced to the regional final. The playoffs began with 31 undefeated teams. Fifteen remain.

Regional Finalists by Seed

The following seeds have advanced to the regional finals:

No. 1 seeds – 15

No. 2 seeds – 7

No. 3 seeds – 13

No. 4 seeds – 7

No. 5 seeds – 6

No. 6 seeds – 3

No. 7 seeds – 4 (Cin. Sycamore, Trotwood, Chardon NDCL, Harvest Prep)

No. 8 – 1 (Garrettsville Garfield)

Ticket Information

Fans are encouraged to buy their playoff tickets in advance at the participating schools, which keep a percentage of the revenue. For regional playoff games, tickets are $8 presale and $9 at the gate. All-session ticket books are currently on sale for the state championship games at http://go.osu.edu/OHSAAFBTix. All-session ticket books in the club level, which are the chair-back seats on the west side of the stadium, are $105 each (good for all seven games) and also permit indoor access in the Huntington Club before, during and after each game. All-session reserved ticket books on the east side of the stadium, which don’t include indoor access, are $84 each. Single game tickets will go on sale November 22 and cost $10 at the state finalist schools, or at the gate before each game for $15 (club level) and $12 (reserved).

Football Playoffs Information

Regional Semifinals Notes Packet: http://www.ohsaa.org/Portals/0/Sports/Football/2016/2016FBRelease4.pdf

Playoff Coverage Home and Brackets: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/football/2016/2016-fb-coverage

All-Time Playoff Histories: http://www.ohsaa.org/Portals/0/Sports/Football/history/FootballParticipants.pdf

OHSAA Football Home: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/football

Playoff Telecasts and Broadcasts

Time Warner Cable is the official TV partner of the OHSAA and will make its playoff game selections by noon on Monday. TWC has exclusivity of the games it selects. Other games are available for tape-delay telecasts, which can be shown beginning at 11:30 PM the same day of the game. Rights fees for audio broadcasts and delayed-video telecasts are posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/Portals/0/News/Media/TournamentBroadcastRates.pdf

Championship Games on the OHSAA Radio Network

Now in its seventh year, the OHSAA Radio Network will broadcast the football state championship games. Stations that commit to carry several state championship game broadcasts from the network will have their rights fees waived throughout the playoffs. The championship games will be available from Skyview Satellite and online. Please contact Tim Stried at the OHSAA for more information.

2016 OHSAA Football Playoffs – Regional Final Pairings

Home Team Listed First.

Pairings are shown with seeds and overall records.

Division I – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18

Home Team Listed First

Region 1

4 Cleveland St. Ignatius (11-1) vs. 2 Lakewood St. Edward (9-2) at Bedford Bearcat Stadium

Region 2

1 Powell Olentangy Liberty (12-0) vs. 3 Lorain (10-2) at Mansfield Madison Ram Field at StarTek Stadium

Region 3

1 Huber Heights Wayne (11-0-1) vs. 3 Pickerington Central (11-1) at London Bowlus Field

Region 4

5 Cincinnati St. Xavier (7-5) vs. 7 Cincinnati Sycamore (8-4) at Hamilton Virgil M. Schwarm Stadium

Division II – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18

Home Team Listed First

Region 5

4 Hudson (10-2) vs. 3 Warren G. Harding (11-1) at Twinsburg Tiger Stadium

Region 6

4 Whitehouse Anthony Wayne (9-3) vs. 6 Olmsted Falls (9-3) at Sandusky Perkins Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium

Region 7

1 Massillon Perry (10-2) vs. 3 New Albany (9-3) at Mansfield Arlin Field

Region 8

4 Miamisburg (10-2) vs. 3 Cincinnati La Salle (10-2) at Mason Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium

Division III – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19

Home Team Listed First

Region 9

5 New Philadelphia (10-2) vs. 2 Akron Archbishop Hoban (11-1) at Canal Fulton Northwest Jim Schalmo Field at Dr. Martin Smilek Stadium

Region 10

1 Toledo Central Catholic (12-0) vs. 6 Lexington (9-3) at Tiffin Columbian Frost-Kalnow Stadium

Region 11

1 Columbus St. Francis DeSales (12-0) vs. 3 Columbus Hamilton Township (10-2) at Upper Arlington Marv Moorehead Stadium

Region 12

4 St. Marys Memorial (11-1) vs. 7 Trotwood-Madison (10-2) at Piqua Alexander Stadium, Purk Field

Division IV – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18

Home Team Listed First

Region 13

1 Perry (12-0) vs. 7 Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (9-3) at Mentor Jerome T. Osborne Stadium

Region 14

5 Columbus Bishop Hartley (9-2) vs. 2 Ottawa-Glandorf (11-1) at Bellefontaine AcuSport Stadium

Region 15

4 Shelby (11-1) vs. 2 Steubenville (11-1) at Massillon Washington Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

Region 16

1 Cincinnati Wyoming (12-0) vs. 3 Kettering Archbishop Alter (12-0) at Monroe Hornet Stadium

Division V – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19

Home Team Listed First

Region 17

8 Garrettsville Garfield (9-3) vs. 3 Canton Central Catholic (8-3) at Uniontown Lake Alumni Field

Region 18

1 Creston Norwayne (11-1) vs. 3 Milan Edison (11-1) at Medina Ken Dukes Stadium

Region 19

1 Wheelersburg (12-0) vs. 3 Coshocton (10-1) at Athens High School R. Basil Rutter Field

Region 20

1 Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (12-0) vs. 2 Coldwater (11-1) at Northmont Good Samaritan Stadium, Matt Dudon Memorial Field

Division VI – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18

Home Team Listed First

Region 21

1 Cuyahoga Heights (12-0) vs. 3 Kirtland (11-1) at Solon Stewart Field

Region 22

1 Hamler Patrick Henry (12-0) vs. 3 Defiance Ayersville (12-0) at Napoleon Charles Buckenmeyer Stadium

Region 23

5 Newark Catholic (8-4) vs. 2 Beverly Ft. Frye (12-0) at Zanesville Sulsberger Stadium

Region 24

1 Maria Stein Marion Local (11-1) vs. 3 Mechanicsburg (12-0) at Sidney Memorial Stadium

Division VII – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19

Home Team Listed First

Region 25

1 Norwalk St. Paul (12-0) vs. 3 Warren John F. Kennedy (11-1) at Strongsville Pat Catan Stadium

Region 26

1 McComb (11-1) vs. 6 Convoy Crestview (9-3) at Lima Spartan Stadium

Region 27

1 Waterford (11-1) vs. 7 Canal Winchester Harvest Preparatory (9-3) at Logan Chieftain Stadium

Region 28

5 Fort Recovery (8-4) vs. 3 Minster (8-4) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field