COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lima Central Catholic, Wapakoneta, Leipsic and Kenton all earned home games in the first round of the football playoffs after the The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the pairings for the first round of the football playoffs Sunday.
St. Marys, Allen East, Hardin Northern, Perry and Ottawa-Glandorf all hit the road for their first round contest.
On Friday, Wapakoneta will face a familair foe in Trotwood-Madison at Wapakoneta and Allen East will travel to Liberty Center (9-1). St. Marys (8-2) will head to Franklin (9-1). All games begin at 7 p.m. LCC (9-1) will open with Sherwood Fairview (9-1) at Spartan Stadium.
On Saturday, Kenton (8-2) will host Cincinnati Indian Hills (8-2) and Leipsic (9-1) will be home for Sycamore Mohawk (6-4). Hardin Northern (7-3) travels to Fort. Loramie (9-1), Lima Perry (8-2) heads south to Cinicinnati College Prep Academy (8-2) and Ottawa-Glandorf (7-3) goes to Galion (8-2).
Notes from the OHSAA
On August 1, 715 OHSAA member schools began practice, and now 224 schools have qualified for the playoffs.
During the first four rounds of the playoffs, all games will kick off at 7 p.m.. Division I, II, III and VI games are on Fridays. Division IV, V and VII games are on Saturdays.
Many first-round playoff sites will feature online ticketing. To see the list of games that are available for online ticketing, please visit https://www.ohsaa.org/tickets
Playoff brackets and the OHSAA’s weekly playoff notes packet are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2019/2019-OHSAA-Football-State-Playoffs-Coverage
Noting the Regional Quarterfinals
Coldwater (Div. VI) has qualified for the playoffs for the 23rd-consecutive season, which is a new state record. Meanwhile, five schools are in the playoffs for the first time in their school’s history, including Xenia (Div. II), Delaware Olentangy Berlin (Div. II, opened in 2018), Columbus Centennial (Div. III), Worthington Christian (Div. VI) and Cincinnati College Prep Academy (Div. VII).
And for the first time since 2001, an undefeated record wasn’t enough to qualify for the playoffs. It happened to both Northwood (Div. V, Region 18) and Gibsonburg (Div. VI, Region 23), which both went 10-0. Previously, Newcomerstown in 2001 was the last school that went undefeated but didn’t make the playoffs.
Several schools are back in the playoffs after a long hiatus. Leading the pack is Cleveland Heights Lutheran East (Div. V) and Reedsville Eastern (Div. VII), which both qualified for the first time since 2001