First Week of Playoffs Features Familiar Foes

Minster and Fort Loramie will play again in the first week of the playoffs after meeting in the opening game of the season. (Photo by Brian Smith)
Staff Writer

The Midwest Athletic Conference is sending six teams to the playoffs and in one case, there will be conference foes facing off kicking off a unique postseason where many of the MAC’s traditional powers are bottlenecked in Division VI’s Region 24.

The match-ups for the first round of the OHSAA football playoffs are set and area teams will face familiar foes in Week 11.

Minster closed the season strong with a 20-7 win over Anna. It was another wild ride for the Wildcats, who won their first three games, lost four in a row and closed with three straight wins. The victory over the computer point-rich Rockets catapulted the Wildcats into the fourth seed and earned a home playoff game against Fort Loramie in Division 7, Region 28. The Wildcats defeated the Redskins 20-0 in Week 1. The winner of this game will advance to face the winner of Ansonia-Crestview.

Elsewhere in the region, St. John’s, coming off a 12-7 win over Coldwater in Week 10, will host Riverside and Lehman Catholic will host Lima Perry. This is St. John’s first playoff berth since 2014, when a 4-6 squad made the playoffs and lost to Arlington. The Blue Jays are no strangers to the postseason however, having made the playoffs for the 18th time. The Blue Jays have six state titles in program history.

In Division 6, Region 24, Marion Local will face a fellow MAC squad as the two seed when they face Fort Recovery, which knocked off St. Henry to earn a playoff spot in Week 10. The Flyers beat Fort Recovery 21-10 back on Oct. 13. The Flyers are seeking an astounding 10th state championship, looking to join Cleveland St. Ignatius as the only other Ohio football program to reach double digits in state football crowns. The winner of the Marion Local-Fort Recovery game will take on the winner of Spencerville and Mechanicsburg.

Coldwater will host Bethel in Region 24 after earning the third seed. The Cavaliers started the season 1-2, but they won six straight games to climb back into the playoffs before falling in Week 10 to St. John’s 12-7 in the mud. Coldwater is looking to avenge last year’s Division V state title game loss and win a seventh state title and reach a 13th state championship game in program history. The winner of Coldwater-Bethel gets the winner of Lima Central Catholic and Dayton Christian.

In Division 5, Region 20, Anna’s loss to Minster sent the Rockets tumbling to the seventh seed and a road game at Madison. It’s the first playoff game for Anna since 2010, when the Rockets lost a first round playoff game to Coldwater. If Anna can get past Madison Senior, the Rockets would face the winner of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy and Greenview.

In other area action, Sidney out of the GWOC will host Belmont in Division II. St. Marys, hailing from the WBL, will host Highland in Division IV.

All playoff games will be played on Friday nights this season.