If the Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs began this week, 15 Mahoning Valley teams would qualify for the postseason under the state’s new seven-division setup.
Two local teams — Austintown Fitch (4-0) and Western Reserve (4-0) — would be the top-seeds in their respective regions. The Falcons are the top-rated team in Division I, Region 1, one of just two regions for the largest schools in the state. The Blue Devils are the top-rated team in Division VII, Region 23.
The top 16 teams in each of the two Division I regions qualify for the playoffs. The top eight teams in each of the state’s other 26 regions — in Divisions II-VII — earn postseason berths.
The other area teams, by division, making their computer ratings debuts in playoff position include:
Division III, Region 7— Poland (4-0, second) and Hubbard (4-0, third).
Division IV, Region 11 — Struthers (4-0, second).
Division V, Region 15 — Crestview (3-1, fourth), Ursuline (2-2, sixth) and Liberty (2-2, seventh).
Division VI, Region 19 — South Range (4-0, second), McDonald (3-1, tied for fifth) and Brookfield (3-1, seventh).
Division VII, Region 23 — Wellsville (4-0, second), Lowellville (3-1, fourth), Mineral Ridge (3-1, tied for sixth) and Southington (3-1, tied for sixth).
The OHSAA will release its computer ratings weekly through the end of the regular season.
The final ratings are scheduled for release on Sunday, Nov. 3 and will determine which teams make the playoffs and the first-round — or regional quarterfinal — playoff pairings, which are set for Nov. 8-9.
Regional semifinals are scheduled for Nov. 15-16, followed by regional finals Nov. 22-23 and state semifinals Nov. 29-30.
The state championships will be contested Dec. 5-7 at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium and Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
The first weekly OHSAA
computer ratings can be found on Page B2.