UPDATED 10-28-17

Why did Celina miss the playoffs?

Dayton Dunbar is in, Celina is out.  (see main story below)

Elida looks to have picked up the final qualifying spot at #8, most likely their last second win over Celina was the difference that allowed the Orange and Black Bulldogs to move on.

***Note Cincinnati McNicholas plays Hamilton Badin (today), both teams are 5-4.

Region 12 - Joe Eitel Wk 10

above is Joe Eitel’s Week 10 report for Region 12


The list of recent infractions and penalties at this morning’s OHSAA Board of Directors were reviewed, 22 items were on the list, but one stuck out:

Dayton Dunbar High School had a student in varsity football violate Bylaw 4-1-2, Eligibility, and in accordance with Bylaw 4-1-2, the Executive Director’s Office has applied the appropriate penalty and ruled that the student shall be ineligible for participation in interscholastic athletics at Dayton Dunbar or any other member high school for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year. In addition, in accordance with Bylaw 10-2-1, Forfeitures, the four contests in which the ineligible student participated shall not be forfeited due to eligibility established by falsified information.

 Last season Dunbar caused chaos with the state football playoffs for several different reasons, including the use of ineligble players.

This was the penalty they received last school year-


  • $10,000 fine issued to the Dayton Public School District
  • three years probation for all Dayton Public School
  • public reprimand
  • the requirement that DPS athletic administrators attend required meetings with the OHSAA compliance staff.
  • if further violations of the same nature occur while the district is on probation, the membership status of all member Dayton Public Schools could be pulled.
  • If there are no further violations by the Dayton Public School District, one year of probation will be rescinded and $2,500 of the fine shall be refunded.

The student-athlete this time was punished, but not the Dunbar football program.  The student-athlete in question participated in four Wolverine games. So despite being on three years probation, Dunbar does not have to forfeit those games he competed in (see explanation above).

This ruling has local impact on this year’s football playoffs, had Dunbar, who is 6-3, been told to forfeit any of the wins during that four game span, that would have helped Celina in its bid for a playoff birth. In the current D III Region 12 computer rankings, Dunbar holds down the final playoff spot at #8, by just a very slight margin over the Bulldogs who are in 9th.