Area teams on the cusp of state football playoffsWritten by Chris Schmidbauer | | email@example.com
It seems like just yesterday we were kicking off the 2010 high school football season. Believe it or not, the regular season comes to an end Oct. 29. As always, there are several teams that have already clinched a playoff spot, some who control their own destiny to get in and some that have to both win and get some help to qualify for the playoffs. If history is any indicator, the final week of the regular season of 2010 should provide a lot of good football and some surprising finishes. Here is how our local teams break down in the state playoff chase.
Clinched playoff spot:
Division I: Whitmer, Southview
Division II: Central Catholic
Division III: Tiffin Columbian, Clyde
Division IV: Genoa
Division V: Archbold, Patrick Henry
Division VI: Defiance Tinora
These teams were the best of the best in their regions this season. Whitmer is in position to be seeded first in the region with Southview close behind. Tiffin Columbian has rebounded nicely from a Week 1 loss to Whitmer to claim the top spot in their region.
Win and they’re in:
Division I: Fremont Ross, St. John’s Jesuit
Division II: Maumee
Division III: Oak Harbor
Division V: Liberty-Benton
Division VI: Toledo Christian, Mohawk
Fremont Ross should qualify, but St. John’s needs a win versus Central Catholic on Oct. 29 to qualify for a playoff spot. Toledo Christian’s big win against Northwood on Oct. 22 catapulted the Eagles into an all but assured playoff spot. Liberty-Benton benefited from the win as well, because if it wins, the team will leapfrog the Northwood Rangers for the final playoff spot in region 18.
Win and need some help:
Division V: Northwood, Milan Edison
Division VI: Fremont St. Joseph’s Central Catholic, Edon
The scenario Northwood players find themselves in is: beat Cardinal Stritch on Oct. 29, combined with a loss by Liberty-Benton, and they stay alive. The same goes for the other teams listed above. Fremont SJCC needs a win against Seneca East to hold on to the eighth seed in Region 22,while the Edon Bombers need a win against West Unity Hilltop and a loss by Fremont SJCC to sneak into the playoffs.
Win and need a lot of help:
Division I: Perrysburg
Division III: Rogers
Division IV: Port Clinton
All three of these teams’ playoff hopes are on life support. The Yellow Jackets need to beat Maumee on Oct. 29 and pray that four teams in front of them lose to claim the final spot in Region 2. DerJuan “PeeWee” Gambrell has rejoined Rogers after a knee injury kept him out for most of the season, but it might be too little too late for the Rams. The Rams play Scott whose record is 1-8 and won’t provide many computer points. Plus, the Rams will need to jump past four teams to sneak into the playoffs. If you think Rogers’ situation is bleak, Port Clinton’s is bleaker. The Redskins need to beat Huron and then magically blow past six other teams to make it to the playoffs. I suppose miracles can always happen.
Chris Schmidbauer is sports editor for Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is also the co-host of the “Odd Couple Sports Show” on Fox Sports Radio 1230 WCWA and can be heard every weekday from 10 a.m. to noon. He can also be seen weekly on the “Friday Night Frenzy Tailgate Show” on NBC 24.