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Area Regional Semifinals at a glance



Published: Fri, November 9, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Hubbard (8-3) vs.

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (9-2)

Division III, Region 9 semifinal

Saturday, 7 p.m., at Austintown Fitch

Radio — WBBW (AM-1240), WBBG (FM-106.1).

Rankings — Hubbard is seeded seventh in the region and SVSM is sixth. In the final Associated Press poll, the Irish were ranked ninth.

Last week — Hubbard outscored second-seeded Niles, 39-27, and St. Vincent-St. Mary clobberd third-seeded Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, 49-23.

Next — The winner plays top-seeded Chagrin Falls or No.5 Ravenna in the regional final Nov. 17, 7 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Brian Hoffman for Hubbard and Dan Boarman for SVSM.

Playoff history — Hubbard is 7-10 in 11 appearances, all since 1999. The Irish have won four titles, the latest in 1988. SVSM has made 17 appearances and is 25-12. This is its ninth appearance since 1999.

Playoff rematch — St. Vincent-St. Mary defeated Hubbard, 27-19, in the first round of the 2010 playoffs

2012 season — Hubbard has won three straight and five of its last six, the only loss in that stretch in Week 8 at Poland. SVSM has lost only to Cardinal Mooney, 41-15 in Week 4, and to Massillon, 44-23, in Week 9. The Irish defeated Ursuline, 16-14, in Week 10.

Poland (8-3)

vs. Dover (9-2)

Division III, Region 11 semifinal

Saturday, 7 p.m., at Green High

Radio — WNIO (AM-1390).

Rankings — Poland is seeded eighth in the region. Dover is fourth and was tied for 13th in the final Associated Press statewide poll.

Last week — Poland trounced top-seeded Marlington, 38-0, and Dover defeated No.5 Granville, 27-24 in overtime.

Next — The winner plays No.2 West Holmes or No.3 Steubenville in the regional final Nov. 17, 7 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Mark Brungard for Poland and Warren JFK graduate Dan Ifft for Dover.

Playoff history — This is Poland’s sixth straight appearance and the Bulldogs are 13-10 overall in 12 appearances including the 1999 state championship. This is Dover’s eighth straight appearance. The Tornadoes are 13-15 in 16 overall appearances.

2012 season — All of Poland’s losses were to playoff teams — Marlington, Niles, Howland — and the Bulldogs have won four straight and six of their last seven. Dover has won seven in a row and its losses were to Ashland and undefeated Tri-Valley.

Common opponent — The Tornadoes defeated Canfield 56-0 in Week 3 and Poland beat the Cardinals 13-0 in Week 5.

Brookfield (11-0)

vs. Akron Manchester (8-3)

Division IV, Region 13 semifinal

Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Twinsburg High

Radio — WBBG (FM-106.1).

Rankings — Brookfield is the top seed in the region and Manchester is seeded fourth. The Warriors finished sixth in the Associated Press statewide poll.

Last week — Brookfield defeated No.8 Ashtabula Edgewood, 38-14, and Manchester beat No.5 Hawken, 21-14.

Next — The winner plays second-seeded Creston Norwayne or No.6 Liberty in the regional final Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Randy Clark for Brookfield and Jim France for Manchester.

Playoff history — Brookfield is 4-2 in four appearances including a state championship run in 1978. The Warriors also qualified last year and in 1994. Manchester is 13-19 in 20 appearances including a runner-up finish in 1997. The Panthers qualified for the playoffs every year from 1991 through 2005 and have made it the last four years.

2012 season — Brookfield’s closest wins were 26-13 over Struthers in Week 4 and 33-7 over Youngstown Christian in Week 9. The Warriors scored at least 48 points in seven games. Manchester lost its first two games to playoff teams Hillsdale and Woodridge and also lost in Week 7 to Tuslaw.

Liberty (9-2)

vs. Creston Norwayne (11-0)

Division IV, Region 13 semifinal

Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Uniontown Lake High

TV — MyYTV, 10 p.m. (taped).

Rankings — Liberty is seeded sixth in the region. Norwayne is the second seed and finished third in the Associated Press statewide poll.

Last week — Liberty knocked off third-seeded Streetsboro, 48-35, and Norwayne drilled West Salem Northwestern, 48-7.

Next — The winner plays top-seeded Brookfield or No.4 Akron Manchester in the regional final Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Brian Jones for Liberty and Joe Harbour for the Bobcats.

Playoff history — Liberty is 5-5 in six appearances, all since 2000. Norwayne won the Division IV state title a year ago and is 7-2 in four appearances, all since 2008.

2012 season — Liberty won seven in a row sandwiched between a Week 2 loss to Niles and a Week 10 loss to Champion. Aside from a 28-12 win in Week 2 over CVCA, Norwayne’s closest win was by 28 points. The Bobcats have scored at least 41 points in 10 of their 11 games.

Crestview (11-0)

vs. Kirtland (11-0)

Division V, Region 17 semifinal

Saturday, 7 p.m., at Mollenkopf Stadium, Warren

TV — MyYTV, 10 p.m. (taped).

Rankings — Crestview is seeded fourth in the region and Kirtland is the top seed. The Rebels were fifth and Kirtland second in the final Associated Press statewide poll.

Last week — Crestview outlasted No.5 St. Thomas Aquinas, 51-50, and Kirtland drilled No.8 Beverly Fort Frye, 49-7.

Next — The winner plays third-seeded Cuyahoga Heights or No.7 Ursuline in the regional final Nov. 17, 7 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Paul Cusick for Crestview and Phillip Laverde for Kirtland.

Playoff history — The Rebels are 6-9 in 10 playoff appearances with eight of those coming since 2004. Kirtland won the Division V state title last year and is 10-6 in eight appearances, including six since 2006.

Playoff rematch — The Hornets defeated the Rebels, 35-7, a year ago in the regional final. Kirtland also claimed a 41-13 victory over the Rebels in the second round of the 2008 playoffs.

2012 season — A 37-33 season-opening win over rival Columbiana was Crestview’s only margin of victory smaller than 25 points. The Rebels averaged 56.3 points per game in the regular season. Aside from an overtime scare against Beachwood in Week 9, Kirtland won all of its games by at least 24 points.

Ursuline (7-4)

vs. Cuyahoga Heights (10-1)

Division V, Region 17 semifinal

Saturday, 7 p.m., at Copley High

Radio — WKBN (AM-570).

Rankings — Ursuline is the seventh seed in the region and Cuyahoga Heights is seeded third. The Redskins were tied for 10th in the final Associated Press statewide poll and the Irish were 12th.

Last week — Ursuline outscored No.2 Sugarcreek Garaway, 64-48, and Cuyahoga Heights blasted No.6 Bellaire, 42-14.

Next — The winner plays top-seeded Kirtland or No.4 Crestview in the regional final Nov. 17, 7 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Larry Kempe for Ursuline and Al Martin for Cuyahoga Heights.

Playoff history — Ursuline has won 20 of its last 21 playoff games including its streak of three straight state titles (2008-10) and a runner-up finish in 2007. The Irish are 35-12 in 17 total appearances in the postseason. The Redskins are 14-15 in 16 overall appearances and since 1997 have reached the playoffs every year but 2007.

Playoff rematch — The Irish bested the Redskins, 47-28, in the regional final in 2009, and also beat them, 27-7, in the first round in 2008.

2012 season — Three straight key wins over Steubenville, Erie Strong Vincent and Cardinal Mooney helped propel the Irish into the postseason. Cuyahoga Heights lost only to undefeated defending state champion Kirtland in Week 5.

Western Reserve (9-2)

vs. Mogadore (11-0)

Division VI, Region 13 semifinal

Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Ravenna

Radio — WKBN (AM-570), WBBW (AM-1240).

Rankings — Western Reserve is seeded fifth in the region and Mogadore is No. 1. The Wildcats finished first in the final Associated Press statewide poll.

Last week — Western Reserve nipped No.4 Shadyside, 19-18, and Mogadore trounced No.8 Steubenville Catholic Central, 49-24.

Next — The winner plays second-seeded Malvern or No.6 Youngstown Christian in the regional final Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Andy Hake for Western Reserve and Matt Adorni for Mogadore.

Playoff history — Western Reserve is 6-6 in seven appearances and has qualified five seasons in a row. Mogadore is 47-22 in 26 appearances including state championships in 1979, 1996 and 2002. The Wildcats have been in the postseason for the last 14 years.

2012 season — The Blue Devils lost to playoff teams Cuyahoga Heights and Malvern the first two weeks and have won nine in a row since. Mogadore’s closest wins were 26-20 over West Salem Northwestern, a D-IV playoff team, and 35-28 over Woodridge, a D-III playoff team.

Youngstown Christian (8-2)

vs. Malvern (10-1)

Division VI, Region 21 semifinal

Friday, 7:30 p.m., at St. Vincent-St. Mary High

Radio — WNIO (AM 1390)

Rankings — Youngstown Christian is seeded sixth in the region and Malvern is second. The Hornets finished fifth in the final Associated Press statewide poll.

Last week — The Eagles bested No.3 Warren JFK, 20-14, and Malvern topped No.7 Fairport Harbor, 21-0.

Next — The winner plays top-seeded Mogadore or No.5 Western Reserve in the regional final Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. at a neutral site.

Coaches — Brian Marrow for Youngstown Christian and David Tucci for Malvern.

Playoff history — YCS is 2-1 and in its second playoff appearance. The Eagles’ first appearance was last year. Malvern is 8-8 in nine playoff seasons and has qualified for the last six years.

2012 season — Youngstown Christian’s losses both came to undefeated teams, Garaway in Week 6 and Brookfield in Week 9. Malvern also lost to Garaway, in Week 4.

Common opponent — The Eagles’ loss to Garaway was by a 45-25 score on the Pirates’ home field. Malvern lost 35-32, also at Garaway.


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