The first round of the Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs has concluded and there have been a multitude of fantastic games around the state. Several close games, some blowouts, some upsets — this first round had it all.
Here is a quick rundown of some of the wildest games in the state and a brief recap of our area’s biggest games.
(1) St. Xavier Bombers 48, (8) Mason Comets 20
The Comets had a 20-7 lead…then the Bombers awoke and scored 41 unanswered to take the win.
(2) Fairfield Indians 37, (7) Hamilton Big Blue 13
Hamilton held the early advantage, but then Fairfield turned up the heat.
(3) Colerain Cardinals 30, (6) Princeton Vikings 7
Was this one ever really in doubt? No. The Cards move on.
(4) Elder Panthers 42, (5) Lakota West Firebirds 17
As most figured, The Pit was too much for Bolden and the Firebirds.
(1) La Salle Lancers 42, (8) Little Miami Panthers 0
The Lancers finished the job early against the Panthers.
(7) Columbus St. Francis DeSales 27, (2) Turpin 13
The long drive to east Cincinnati from Columbus was no problem for the Stallions.
(3) Harrison Wildcats 24, (6) Canal Winchester Indians 18
The Wildcats forced turnovers and cashed them in for the last win on grass.
(5) Columbus Walnut Ridge Scots 28, (4) Xenia Buccaneers 7
Walnut Ridge just had more experience at this stage than the Bucs.
(8) Archbishop Alter Knights 10, (1) Chaminade Julienne Eagles 7
Week 10 was no fluke, the Knights are quality. This time the defense was the story, stopping the Eagles with a goal line stand to win the game.
(4) Badin Rams 46, (5) Ross Rams 14
I think all of us thought this would be much closer (I mean, Reid even picked the Ross Rams!) but Badin can sling the ball and it helped them cruise to an easy victory.
(7) Trotwood-Madison Rams 33, (2) Wapakoneta Redskins 21
This match up keeps happening over and over. The Redskins won last year, the Rams got redemption this year.
(6) St. Mary’s Memorial Roughriders 14, (3) Franklin Wildcats 10
The Roughriders made the long trip down and held off the Wildcats to win for the WBL.
(8) New Bremen Cardinals 45, (1) New Miami Vikings 15
Welcome to the mighty MAC! The Cardinals rolled the Vikings in the Village, basically from the first play from scrimmage. However, the atmosphere was what high school football is all about.
(5) Lima Perry Commodores 44, (4) Cincinnati College Prep Lions 0
As expected, the Lima area teams were just prepared better than the squads down here.
(2) Marion Local Flyers 56, (7) Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks 6
The Flyers are just better than their competition, which is usually the norm.
(3) Fort Loramie Redskins 61, (6) Hardin Northern Polar Bears 7
The Redskins had no issues tangling with the Polar Bears.
(4) Dublin Jerome 38, (5) Springboro 31, 5OT
That’s right…five overtimes for the Panthers and Celtics. The odd thing is that they still ended at a fairly normal scoreline.
(1) Olentangy Liberty 14, (8) Westerville Central 7
(4) Groveport-Madison 18, (5) Hilliard Davidson 17
(2) Pickerington Central 20, (7) Reynoldsburg 14
Overall a lot of close games in the Columbus D1 region, but it looks like the higher seeds managed to find a way to win.
(1) Bishop Hartley 14, (8) London 8
It was dangerous for Bishop Hartley as London gave them all they could handle.
(8) Clyde 28, (1) LaGrange Keystone 20
An upset special for Clyde, as many thought Keystone had a chance to win the title.
(3) Marion Pleasant 7, (6) Lutheran East 6
Not exactly sure what happened here, but I’m sure it was a a riveting game.
(8) Carey 50, (1) Collins Western Reserve 41
(5) Jeromesville Hillsdale 25, (4) Galion Northmor 21
(2) Attica Seneca East 14, (7) Creston Norwayne 2
(3) Howard East Knox 21, (6) Ashland Crestview 20
This region overall had some wild games. Carey upsets the top seed in what was one of the larger score lines. Fun score for Seneca East and Norwayne as well.
(8) Sherwood Fairview 29, (1) Lima Central Catholic 27
(3) Archbold 27, (6) Coldwater 21
This region got wild with the normal powers of LCC and Coldwater upset in the first round. With Anna handling Minster, you gotta think the Rockets are the new MAC favorite…
(2) Lucas 21, (7) McDonald 20, OT
Was this a Badin/Ross Week 1 scenario? Or did McDonald go for two and the upset? I need more answers!
Lakewood St. Edward 73, Medina 38
Massillon Washington 55, Warren G. Harding 0
Akron Archbishop Hoban 69, Alliance 6
Jackson 70, Columbus Centennial 28
Indian Hill 61, Kenton 32
Ironton 56, Wellston 6
West Lafayette Ridgewood 56, Portsmouth 21
Carey 50, Collins Western Reserve 41
Shadyside 63, Willow Wood Symmes Valley 8
Maria Stein Marion Local 56, Union City Mississinawa Valley 6
Fort Loramie 61, Dola Hardin Northern 7