OHSAA Releases Third-Round Football Playoff Pairings and Sites

Staff Report

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2015 OHSAA football playoffs have now reached the third round, which are the regional championship games in Divisions II through VII and the regional semifinals in Division I. Neutral sites were selected by the OHSAA on Sunday morning for the 28 games around the state Friday and Saturday.

Of the 24 regional championship games in Divisions II through VII, eight of them pit the No. 1 vs. No. 2 seeds. Overall, the 56 teams remaining in the playoffs include 20 No. 1 seeds, 12 No. 2 seeds, 13 No. 3 seeds, two No. 4 seeds, five No. 5 seeds, two No. 6 seeds, one No. 7 seed and one No. 8 seed.

Unless otherwise noted, Divisions II, III, V and VII play at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays during the playoffs, while Divisions I, IV and VI play at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Occasionally, that schedule changes, usually due to a site hosting a playoff double-header.

Looking Ahead to the State Semifinals and State Championships

In Divisions II through VII, the OHSAA will wait until next Sunday, Nov. 22, to announce how the regional champions will be paired in the state semifinals (games are Nov. 27 and 28). Division I will continue to follow its regional bracket for the regional finals Nov. 28, which also serve as their state semifinals.

The state championships are Dec. 3, 4 and 5 in Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Of the four divisions that play their playoff games on Friday nights (II, III, V and VII), one will be selected to play its state championship game on Thurs., Dec. 3. The other three “Friday” divisions will play their state championship games on Fri., Dec. 4. Divisions I, IV and VI will play their state championship games on Sat., Dec. 5. Specific game times will be announced the night of the semifinals.

Information on Neutral Sites

There are many factors that go into determining playoff sites, such as quality of field surface, seating capacity, quality of lighting, size of locker rooms and their distance from field, press box size, parking spaces available, and a separate locker room for officials. After all those factors are taken into consideration, it must be confirmed that the site is available and willing to host a playoff game on the date needed. Not all sites are available when requested by the OHSAA.

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 Dec. 3, 4 and 5 at http://go.osu.edu/OHSAAFB. 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 29 and cost $10 at the state finalist schools, or at the gate before each game for $15 (club level) and $12 (reserved).

Related Information

Third-Round Playoff Notes Packet: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/sports/2015FBRelease4.pdf

Playoff Coverage Home: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/2015/2015FTcoverage.htm

OHSAA Football Online Home (composite schedules, AP polls and notebooks, playoff information, etc.): http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/default.asp

Media Information

Credentials for Playoff Games

For the first four rounds of the playoffs, media must contact the host site’s media coordinator by 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Contact information for the media coordinator for each game will be posted within the brackets at OHSAA.org. Media coordinators will work with the athletic director at the schools and follow the OHSAA’s press box priority seating scale, which is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/media/FBMediaPressBoxMemo.pdf

Playoff Telecasts and Broadcasts

SportsTime Ohio and Time Warner Cable will make their game selections by noon on Mondays. They have exclusivity of the games they select. 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/news/media/rates/BroadcastRates.pdf

The playoff broadcast form is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/BroadcastAgreementForms.pdf

Statewide Broadcast List: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/OHSAAFootballRadioListing.pdf

Playoff History Database: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/history/FT/FootballParticipants.pdf

Media Advisory: Fall Tournaments Information: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/sports/20151001MediaAdvisory.pdf

Championships on the OHSAA Radio Network

Now in its sixth 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 or see: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/Radio/radiohome.asp

2015 OHSAA Football Playoffs – Third Round Pairings

Home team listed first. Pairings are shown with seeds and overall records.

Game times subject to change. Brackets at OHSAA.org will show any changes.

Division I, Regional Semifinals – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21

Home Team listed first.

Region 1

1 Lakewood St. Edward (11-1) vs. 5 Euclid (10-2) at Parma Byers Field

2 Stow-Munroe Falls (12-0) vs. 3 Lewis Center Olentangy (11-1) at Mansfield Arlin Field

Region 2

1 Cincinnati Colerain (11-1) vs. 5 Cincinnati Elder (9-3) at Mason Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium

2 Hilliard Davidson (11-1) vs. 3 Huber Heights Wayne (12-0) at Dayton Welcome Stadium

Division II, Regional Finals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20

Home Team listed first.

Region 3

5 Hudson (10-2) vs. 3 Mayfield (11-1) at Solon Stewart Field

Region 4

4 Cleveland Glenville (11-1) vs. 2 Perrysburg (12-0) at Kalahari Field at Huron Memorial Stadium

Region 5

1 Massillon Perry (10-2) vs. 3 Worthington Kilbourne (11-1) at Mt. Vernon Yellow Jacket Stadium – Energy Field

Region 6

1 Cincinnati La Salle (10-2) vs. 2 Kings Mills Kings (11-1) at West Chester Lakota West Firebird Field

Division III, Regional Finals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20

Home Team listed first.

Region 7

1 Akron Archbishop Hoban (11-1) vs. 2 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (11-1) at University of Akron InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field

Region 8

1 Cleveland Benedictine (12-0) vs. 2 Toledo Central Catholic (10-2) at First National Bank Field at Bellevue Athletic Facility

Region 9

4 Jackson (11-1) vs. 3 Zanesville (11-1) at Athens High School R. Basil Rutter Field

Region 10

1 Wapakoneta (12-0) vs. 3 Trotwood-Madison (9-3) at Lima Spartan Stadium

Division IV, Regional Finals – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21

Home Team listed first.

Region 11

5 Youngstown Ursuline (7-5) vs. 3 Mantua Crestwood (10-2) at Ravenna Portage Community Bank Stadium

Region 12

1 Columbus Bishop Hartley (8-3) vs. 7 Bellevue (10-2) at Mansfield Madison Ram Field at StarTek Stadium

Region 13

1 Steubenville (11-0) vs. 2 Johnstown-Monroe (12-0) at New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium

Region 14

1 Middletown Bishop Fenwick (12-0) vs. 3 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (11-1) at Xenia Doug Adams Stadium

Division V, Regional Finals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20

Home Team listed first.

Region 15

1 Columbiana Crestview (10-2) vs. 3 Canton Central Catholic (9-3) at Minerva Dr. Robert H. Hines Stadium

Region 16

1 Milan Edison (11-1) vs. 6 Doylestown Chippewa (10-2) at Brunswick AutoMart Stadium

Region 17

1 Wheelersburg (12-0) vs. 2 Chillicothe Zane Trace (12-0) at Waverly Raidiger Field

Region 18

1 Brookville (12-0) vs. 3 Coldwater (12-0) at Piqua Alexander Stadium, Purk Field

Division VI, Regional Finals – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21

Home Team listed first.

Region 19

1 Kirtland (11-1) vs. 6 Cuyahoga Heights (10-2) at West Geauga Howell Field

Region 20

5 Van Buren (9-3) vs. 2 Defiance Tinora (10-1) at Findlay Donnell Stadium

Region 21

8 Fredericktown (10-2) vs. 3 Grandview Heights (11-1) at Newark White Field

Region 22

1 Maria Stein Marion Local (11-1) vs. 2 Mechanicsburg (12-0) at Bellefontaine AcuSport Stadium

Division VII, Regional Finals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20

Home Team listed first.

Region 23

1 Warren John F. Kennedy (11-1) vs. 2 Mogadore (11-1) at Twinsburg Tiger Stadium

Region 24

1 McComb (11-1) vs. 3 Lucas (10-1) at Tiffin Columbian Frost-Kalnow Stadium

Region 25

1 Danville (12-0) vs. 2 Caldwell (11-1) at Zanesville Sulsberger Stadium

Region 26

1 Minster (10-2) vs. 3 Fort Recovery (10-2) at Sidney Memorial Stadium

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