The Tigers are back in contention after the upset win over Poland.
Howland High’s upset victory over Poland has vaulted the Tigers into contention for a playoff berth, according to the latest OHSAA football computer ratings, released Tuesday.
Howland is 4-3 but rated No. 7 in Division II, Region 5.
The Tigers are one of 14 area teams rated in the top 10 in their respective region.
The top eight teams in each region advance to the playoffs. The four teams in each region will play host to a first-round game.
Five teams are in position to be a home team for the first-round games.
Ursuline (7-0) is in first place in Div. V, Region 17. The Fighting Irish play host to Akron Buchtel (No. 10 in Div. II, Region 5) Thursday at Stambaugh Stadium.
Also in Region 17 Crestview (6-1) is No. 5 and South Range (5-2) is No. 6.
Poland (6-1), despite that loss to Howland, fell only to No. 2 in Div. III, Region 11.
Also in Div. III, Liberty (7-0) is in third place in Region 9; Hubbard (6-1), whose only loss is to Poland, is No. 5, and Lakeview is No. 10.
Cardinal Mooney (6-1) is in fourth place in Div. IV, Region 13. The Cardinals play host to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (6-1), which is in second place in Region 13.
McDonald (7-0) is fourth in Div. VI, Region 21. The Blue Devils are followed by Western Reserve (6-1) in fifth, Columbiana (5-2) in sixth, Leetonia (6-1) in seventh and Springfield (4-3) in eighth.
Western Reserve plays host to Leetonia Friday night.
In Div. I, Region 1, Boardman (5-2) is ninth. The Spartans visit Canton GlenOak (6-1), which is first in Div. I, Region 2, Friday.
This year’s playoff schedule will feature Div. II, IV and VI games on Fridays, and Div. I, III and V on Saturdays.
The championships are scheduled for Nov. 28-29 at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon and Fawcett Stadium in Canton.