Minster, Marion and Loramie Ready for Postseason

Photo by David Pence
Staff Writer

After a wild final Friday night that saw Marion Local’s long win streak come to an end in a double-overtime thriller against Coldwater that allowed the Anna Rockets to grab a piece of their first Midwest Athletic Conference title, Minster knock rival New Bremen out of the postseason and Fort Loramie finish off a nine-game win streak to end the regular season and capture a Cross County Conference championship, the playoffs will begin this weekend, with three of the four area teams playing in the postseason.

Here’s a look at who Minster, Marion Local and Fort Loramie will face, along with a glance around the rest of the MAC.

Friday

Spencerville at Marion Local

Marion Local had its 36-game win streak ended by Midwest Athletic Conference nemesis Coldwater when the Cavaliers booted a short field goal in the game’s final seconds to defeat the Flyers 26-20 in double overtime.  The two teams could meet again, as they both reside in Division VI Region 24. The Bearcats went 8-2 this season and won their final four games. Their losses came to Lima Central Catholic in Week 1 (34-19) and Crestview in Week 6 (50-49).  Marion Local starts its quest to win another state title as the third seed at home against Spencerville on Friday. The winner wil play the winner of Lima Central Catholic and Covington next Friday night.

Deer Park at Coldwater

Coldwater leapfrogged the rest of the region powered by all of those computer points gained by beating Marion Local to take the top seed.

St. Henry at Mechanicsburg

St. Henry’s only two losses came to the two teams that ended up sharing the MAC title. Riding a four-game winning streak, the Redskins travel to play fourth-seeded Mechanicsburg. The winner gets Coldwater or Deer Park.

Saturday

Riverside at Minster

Minster assured itself of the third seed and a first round home game with a 25-15 win over rival New Bremen, one that ended up keeping the Cardinals out of the playoffs.

While the score by the end of the night showed a 10-point margin, Minster controlled the game throughout, scoring three touchdowns on its first three offensive possessions as Alex Schmitmeyer reached paydirt on runs of 37, four and five yards. The Wildcats outgained New Bremen 265-102 rushing and 351-160 in total yards of offense while the Wildcat defense intercepted three New Bremen passes in a dominant performance.

Cody Frericks, Mike Ketner and Noah Enneking all picked off passes.

Minster, the defending Division VII state champ, is making its 17th-ever playoff appearance and has reached the playoffs each of the last five yearsand for the eighth time since 2010.

Riverside is making its eighth appearance in the playoffs and for the second straight season. Riverside is 1-7 all-time in the playoffs.

New Miami at Fort Loramie

The Fort Loramie football team finished off a 9-1 regular season and perfect run through the Cross county Conference with a 42-0 win over Tri-County North. It earned t he Redskins the t op seed in Region 28 and a home date against New Miami, which went 6-4 after starting the campaign 1-4.

Anna at Elyria Catholic

Despite going 8-2 and grabbing a share of its first-ever MAC title, the Anna Rockets will have to travel halfway all the across the state to play at Elyria Catholic in the first round of the Division V playoffs.