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Week 1 playoffs at a glance



Published: Fri, November 2, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Austintown Fitch (9-1)

at Cleveland St. Ignatius (9-1)

Division I, Region 1 quarterfinal

Saturday, 7 p.m., Parma Byers Field

Radio — WNIO AM-1390

Rankings — St. Ignatius is seeded second in the region and Fitch is seventh. In the final Associated Press poll, Ignatius finished in fourth place and Fitch in eighth.

Next — The winner plays No.3 Willoughby South or No.6 North Royalton in a regional semifinal Nov. 10, 7 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Phil Annarella for Fitch and Chuck Kyle for St. Ignatius.

Playoff history — Fitch is 6-5 in five appearances, the last in 2010. The Falcons defeated Willoughby South that year before falling to Solon. The Wildcats have been to the playoffs every year for the last 24 years except for 2010. Last year’s state title for St. Ignatius was the 11th for the school.

2012 season — A Week 7 loss at Massillon was the only blemish on the Fitch season. St. Ignatius was perfect until a 20-13 loss in Week 10 to rival St. Edward.

Common opponent — St. Ignatius beat Cardinal Mooney 31-7 in Week 1 and Fitch defeated the Cardinals 49-7 in Week 10.

Warren Harding (9-1) at Mentor (9-1)

Division I, Region 1 quarterfinal

Saturday, 7 p.m., Mentor High School

Radio — WHTX AM-1570

Rankings — Mentor is seeded fourth and Harding is seeded fifth. the Cardinals were ranked seventh in the final Associated Press statewide poll.

Next — The winner plays No.1 Lakewood St. Edward or No.8 Mayfield in a regional semifinal Nov. 10, 7 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Steve Arnold for Harding and Steve Trivisonno for Mentor.

Playoff history — This is Harding’s seventh appearance since 2001, the last coming in 2010 when the Raiders lost to Cleveland Glenville. The Raiders are 15-6 in eight previous appearances, were state runners-up in 2002 and won the championship in 1990 and 1974. This is Mentor’s third straight appearance and 10th since 1998. The Cardinals were state runners-up in 2006 and 2007 and are 16-12 in 12 previous appearances.

2012 season — Harding has won nine straight after a season-opening loss to Fitch. The Raiders captured the Lake Erie League title. Mentor’s only loss came in Week 3 at St. Ignatius. The Cardinals won the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division.

Common opponent — Mentor defeated Euclid 33-13 in Week 1 then Harding beat Euclid 28-20 in Week 7.

Howland (8-2) at Chardon (8-2)

Division II, Region 5 quarterfinal

Today, 7:30 p.m., Chardon High School

Rankings — Chardon is seeded fourth and Howland fifth in the region. Next — The winner plays No.1 Tallmadge or No.8 Kenston in a regional semifinal Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Dick Angle for Howland and Mitch Hewitt for Chardon.

Playoff history — This is the sixth straight season for the Tigers in the playoffs and they are 6-9 in nine total appearances. Howland lost 30-21 to Kent Roosevelt a year ago. Chardon is 22-10 in 11 appearances including a state title in 1994, but the Hilltoppers haven’t played in the postseason since 2006.

2012 season — Howland rebounded from a Week 2 loss to Warren Harding then, at 6-1, dropped a 17-10 decision to rival Niles. The Tigers won their last two to capture the All-American Conference American Division title. Chardon lost in Week 6 to Willoughby South and in Week 8 to Painesville Riverside.

Common opponent — Howland beat Ashtabula Lakeside 43-16 in Week 1 and Chardon drilled the Dragons 35-0 in Week 10.

Hubbard (7-3) at Niles (8-2)

Division III, Region 9 quarterfinal

Saturday, 7 p.m., Bo Rein Stadium

Radio — WBBW AM-1240, WBBG FM-106.1

Rankings — Niles is seeded second in the region and Hubbard is seventh.

Next — The winner faces No.3 Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin or No.6 St. Vincent-St. Mary in a regional semifinal Nov. 10, 7 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Brian Shaner for Niles and Brian Hoffman for Hubbard.

Playoff history — Niles has made three appearances, the most recent in 2006, and is 3-3. Hubbard is 6-10 in 10 appearances since 1999. The Eagles missed out on a playoff berth last year, snapping a string of five straight postseason appearances.

2012 season — When Hubbard blasted the Red Dragons 43-14 at Bo Rein in Week 7 it was Niles’ first loss. After a 17-10 rebound win over Howland, the Dragons stumbled in Week 9, losing 36-26 to Struthers. Hubbard lost in Week 4 to Howland, 28-20, then also stumbled against Struthers, losing 34-20. After the big win over Niles, Hubbard lost at Poland 28-6 before winning its last two.

Poland (7-3) at Marlington (8-2)

Division III, Region 11 quarterfinal

Saturday, 7 p.m., Marlington High School

Rankings — Marlington is the top seed in the region and Poland is eighth. The Dukes finished ranked 10th in the state in the final Associated Press poll.

Next — The winner faces No.4 Dover or No.5 Granville in a regional semifinal Nov. 10, 7 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Mark Brungard for Poland and Ed Miley for Marlington.

Playoff history — This is Poland’s sixth straight appearance and the Bulldogs are 12-10 in 11 appearances including the 1999 state championship. Poland lost to Minerva, 29-28, a year ago. Marlington is 3-4 in four trips including postseason appearances in 2010 and 2009.

2012 season — The two faced each other in Week 1 with Marlington winning 10-3. The Bulldogs also lost to Niles in Week 4 and to Howland in Week 7. Marlington won seven in a row after beating Poland and was ranked first in the state in the AP poll before West Branch knocked off the Dukes 35-14 in Week 9. A 34-13 loss to Alliance followed in Week 10.

Ashtabula Edgewood (6-3)

at Brookfield (10-0)

Division IV, Region 13 quarterfinal

Today, 7:30 p.m., George Nicholas Field

Radio — WBBG FM-106.1

Rankings — Brookfield is top-seeded in the region and Edgewood is eighth. The Warriors finished sixth in the statewide Associated Press poll.

Next — The winner will play No.4 Manchester or No.5 Hawken in a regional semifinal Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Randy Clark for Brookfield and Dom Iarocci for Edgewood.

Playoff history — Brookfield won a state title in 1978, made the playoffs in 1994 and also made it last year when the Warriors lost to Creston Norwayne. This is Edgewood’s first trip to the playoffs.

2012 season — Besides a 26-13 win over Struthers in Week 4, Brookfield’s closest game was a 33-7 rout of Youngstown Christian in Week 9. The Warriors scored at least 48 points in seven games including a 49-13 drubbing of Edgewood in Week 7. Edgewood also lost in Week 2 to Jefferson and in Week 3 to Ashtabula Lakeside.

Liberty (8-2) at Streetsboro (7-3)

Division IV, Region 13 quarterfinal

Today, 7:30 p.m., Streetsboro High School

Rankings — Streetsboro is the third seed in the region and Liberty is sixth.

Next — The winner faces No.2 Creston Norwayne or No.7 West Salem Northwestern in a regional semifinal Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Brian Jones for Liberty and John Arlesic for Streetsboro.

Playoff history — Liberty has reached the playoffs five times, all between 2000 and 2008, with a 4-5 record. Streetsboro’s lone appearance came in 1992.

2012 season — After a 12-6 loss to Niles in Week 2, Liberty ran off eight straight wins before stumbling in Week 10 against Champion. The Leopards had already clinched the All-American Conference National Division title before that loss. Streetsboro’s losses came in Week 4 against Field, Week 6 against Kent Roosevelt and Week 10 against Crestwood.

Common opponent — Streetsboro defeated Champion 23-3 in Week 1. Liberty’s loss last week to the Golden Flashes was by a 28-20 score.

St. Thomas Aquinas (9-1)

at Crestview (10-0)

Division V, Region 17 quarterfinal

Saturday, 7 p.m., Crestview High School

Rankings — Crestview is seeded fourth in the region and Aquinas is fifth. The Rebels were fifth statewide in the final Associated Press poll and Aquinas finished tied for 10th.

Next — The winner faces No.1 Kirtland or No.8 Fort Frye in a regional semifinal Nov. 10, 7 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Paul Cusick for Crestview and Tim Budd for the Knights.

Playoff history — The Rebels have made the playoffs eight times since 2004. Crestview is 5-9 in nine previous appearances, including wins over Cuyahoga Heights and St. Thomas Aquinas last year and a regional final loss to eventual state champion Kirtland. The Knights are 8-6 in seven appearances including a state title in 1984, but last year’s appearance was their first since 1988.

2012 season — Crestview rolled through the season with only a 37-33 win over Columbiana in the opener closer than a 25-point winning margin. The Rebels scored 563 points and gave up just 114. The only loss for Aquinas came in Week 3 to Marlington which spent part of the season as the top-ranked team in Ohio in Division III.

Ursuline (6-4)

at Sugarcreek Garaway (10-0)

Division V, Region 17 quarterfinal

Saturday, 7 p.m., Garaway High School

Radio — WKBN AM-570

Rankings — Ursuline is seeded seventh in the region and Garaway is second. The Irish finished 12th in the state in the Associated Press poll and Garaway was fourth.

Next — The winner will play No.3 Cuyahoga Heights or No.6 Bellaire in a regional semifinal Nov. 10, 7 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Larry Kempe for Ursuline and Jason Wallick for Garaway.

Playoff history — Ursuline won state titles the last three times it made the playoffs (2008-10) and also won in 2000 and finished second in 2007. The Irish are 34-12 in 16 total appearances. The Pirates made the playoffs last year and in 1994.

2012 season — Ursuline played its usual difficult schedule (3 D-I opponents, 3 D-II, 4 D-III) and got key wins over Lake Catholic, Steubenville and Cardinal Mooney. Losses were to Zanesville, St. Edward, Erie Cathedral Prep and St. Vincent-St. Mary which compiled a combined record of 36-3. Garaway’s average margin of victory was 28 points, but none of the Pirates’s opponents was larger than Division IV.

Youngstown Christian (7-2) at Warren JFK (9-1)

Division VI, Region 21 quarterfinal

Today, 7:30 p.m., Mollenkopf Stadium

Radio — WBBW AM-1240, WNIO AM-1390

Rankings — Kennedy is seeded third in the region and YCS is sixth. JFK finished eighth in the final statewide Associated Press poll.

Next — The winner faces No.2 Malvern or No.7 Fairport Harbor in a regional semifinal Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Vince Marrow for Youngstown Christian and Dave Pappada for Kennedy.

Playoff history — Youngstown Christian qualified last year for the first time and defeated Mogadore before losing to Shadyside, 27-24. JFK is 26-17 in 18 appearances including seven since 2001. The Eagles won a state title in 1991.

2012 season — After a 5-0 start Youngstown Christian lost at undefeated Garaway then lost to another undefeated team, Brookfield, in Week 9. Kennedy’s lone loss came to Brookfield in Week 5 as the Eagles captured the North Coast League White Division title.

Common opponent — Brookfield beat JFK 35-0 in Week 5 and stopped YCS 33-7 in Week 9.

Western Reserve (8-2) at Shadyside (10-0)

Division VI, Region 21 quarterfinal

Today, 7:30 p.m., Shadyside High School

Radio — WKBN AM-570

Rankings — Shadyside is the fourth seed in the region and Western Reserve is fifth. The Tigers finished third in the final statewide Associated Press poll.

Next — The winner faces No.1 Mogadore or No.8 Steubenville Catholic Central in a regional semifinal Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Andy Hake for Western Reserve and Mark Holenka for Shadyside.

Playoff history — Western Reserve is 5-6 in six appearances, and has qualified for five straight seasons now. Last year the Blue Devils posted wins over Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Malvern and Shadyside before losing to Buckeye Central, 22-21, in the state semifinal round. Shadyside has qualified eight straight seasons and 11 times since 2000. The Tigers are 25-13 in 13 previous playoff appearances.

2012 season — Western Reserve lost its first two to Cuyahoga Heights and Malvern, both of whom posted 9-1 seasons. The Devils then rolled to eight straight victories, claiming the Inter Tri-County League Tier 2 title. Shadyside faced only two teams with a winning record.


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