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OHSAA ratings define Mahoning Valley football playoff picture

Staff report

Most of the Valley’s high school football teams know what has to happen for their postseason future.

The OHSAA’s week 9 computer ratings were released on Tuesday, and 16 teams are ranked in top eight of their respective region, which would mean a playoff berth the weekend of Nov. 4-5.

Eight more teams are still mathematically alive, according to the website, but their degrees of opportunity greatly varies.

This much is known two days before the final weekend of the regular season: Western Reserve and Youngstown Christian (in Division VI), Girard (Div. IV) and Cardinal Mooney (Div. III) have clinched playoff spots. And Crestview (Div. V) is in with a win against Lisbon.

For the rest, there’s two tasks — win and watch the scoreboard. Of course, winning is the most important of the two, and perhaps in no game is that more magnified than the rivalry between Canfield and Poland.

Two weeks ago the Cardinals were sitting in good shape, but back-to-back losses to Northwest and Niles have dropped them to seventh in Div. II, Region 5.

Poland is seventh in Div. III, Region 11, and has the same scenario. Win and the Bulldogs are in; lose, and they’re out.

Columbiana (Div. V) and Mineral Ridge (Div. VI) also meet on Friday night, and the stakes are the same as for Poland and Canfield.

Ridge needs a little help in addition to a win, and the Rams’ chances took a hit on Tuesday when the game was moved to the Clippers’ home field, Firestone Park, because the field at Mineral Ridge was deemed unplayable.

For many other schools, not only must they win, but there must be an arrangement of other outcomes that can be extremely complicated.

As in past years, there could be a game played out-of-state that will determine a playoff berth.




posted 4 years, 9 months ago


To Vindy, I did the math. If the Irish beat St. V's, they are in. GO IRISH

posted 4 years, 9 months ago


DMM151, you are incorrect. I did the math and Ursuline needs a world of help to get in. Cheer for Southern, Columbiana, and Garaway to lose and we have a good shot. I think one of those three will lose, but we need all three!

posted 4 years, 9 months ago


So the Irish hope to get in the playoffs. Isn't it a shame it's the DV playoffs. I mean they recruit from all over the place and then go in and beat up the teams from truly small country communities. I always wondered how they get any satisfaction from that. I would think it would be kind of embrassing. A catholic school DV champs. Wow how wonderful.

posted 4 years, 9 months ago


ToyCannon, who have we recruited? We are a Catholic school and have Catholic feeder schools all over the area. Furthermore, students from the Youngstown City Schools can attend Ursuline via a school voucher.

So once again, if we have recruited, why have we not been nailed with any OHSAA violations? And if you are in the know, who have we recruited. Post some names.

posted 4 years, 9 months ago


Got to love those Mooney / Ursuline fans. Its been a problem since before God was born on how these kids were convinced to attend the cathlic schools. Had my own 5 years ago get a call and had a couple people talk with him. Happy to say he is doing very well play college ball and did not attend a cathlic. So act dumb or whatever you call it but be honest with yourself. There are a lot of great players attending the cathlic schools from the so called feeders schools but you know the truth. The sad part is nothing can be done until OHSAA stands up and does something. But it is great to convince D1 players to attend D4-5 schools and win state championships. Usally a D4-5 school has one super star but its funny how Mooney and Ursuline have many more. Sad if Ursuline makes it this year, they don't deserve it but even sader that Mooney again makes it and loses so many games. All catholics should be D1 period and then there is no problem.

posted 4 years, 9 months ago

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