After the first round of the state football playoffs, eight area teams are moving on to their respective regional semifinal games.
After dismantling Lorain Clearview 72-0 this past Friday, No. 2 seed Ottawa-Glandorf (11-0) will take on Genoa (11-0) in a Division IV, Region 14 semifinal Friday at Findlay’s Donnell Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
In its victory over Clearview, O-G rolled up 519 yards rushing. Defensively, O-G’s defense held Clearview to minus-1 yard rushing and 29 total yards.
After the easy win over Clearview, O-G coach Ken Shriner realizes Genoa will pose a lot tougher challenge for his team.
“We’re 0-2 against them (Genoa). I know they’re a very physical, fast team that can find ways to score. I think their point differential has been around 30-points, plus. And their defense has played very well,” said Shriner.
In Division V, Region 18, Lima Central Catholic (11-0) will take on Liberty-Benton (10-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wapakoneta’s Harmon Field. This will be a rematch of last season’s first-round playoff game in which L-B knocked off No. 1 LCC. Last weekend, the Thunderbirds rolled past Collins Western Reserve in its quarterfinal game 42-14.
Delphos St. John’s (7-4) will travel to Perrysburg on Friday to play Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic (10-1) with kick-off set for 7:30 p.m. St. John’s came out with a thrilling 36-29 victory over Leipsic in its quarterfinal matchup this past Friday.
Quarterback Zach Yeckley leads the spread offense for Fremont St. Joseph C.C.
“They run a lot of things from their spread offense. They have a pretty good quarterback and he does a good job of getting the ball to his receivers,” said St. John’s coach Todd Schulte. “We’ve seen variations of the spread offense in our league. They aren’t too many teams like us that pretty much run the ball all the time. So, we’ll be prepared for it.”
In Division V, Region 20, No. 1 seed Coldwater (11-0) will meet West Liberty-Salem (11-0) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium.
Coldwater had no trouble at all in its 42-7 win over Casstown Miami East in its regional quarterfinal.
No. 1 seed Ada (10-1) will play St. Henry (8-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lima Stadium in a Division VI, Region 24 semifinal. Ada ran away from Waynesfield-Goshen in its regional quarterfinal, 50-15.
Also in Division VI, Region 24, Minster (9-2) will go up against Midwest Athletic Conference-foe Marion Local (9-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium.