By Samuel Houseworth
D-I: Brunswick at Medina is practically, if not a literal, play-in game for the OHSAA Playoffs in northeast Ohio. The winner will likely have a date with Mentor or St. Eds, but just getting to Week 11 would be a feather in the caps of the outgoing seniors on both teams.
D-II: The Rebels of Willoughby South could take their school to the playoffs for the first time in 5 years, on senior night no less. Riverside will look to play the role of spoiler in one of the most balanced match ups in D-II’s final week.
D-III: Speaking of droughts, Greenville hasn’t been to the playoffs in 23 years. A win doesn’t clinch a spot, as they need help from Talawanda and Western Hills. But they absolutely need an upset over Sidney to make history in Darke County.
D-IV: Heading back up north, Huron at Edison is the most important game in D-IV. The loser is guaranteed to miss the postseason in the deepest region in the entire division.
D-V: A literal play-in game, one of the very few of its kind, is Mariemont at Madeira. And unlike the play-in in D-I, the winner will get Cincinnati Taft, a very probable candidate for an opening weekend 1-8 upset. The host Mustangs are a 12-point favorite.
D-VI: Plymouth at Ashland Crestview, like other games listed, will see the loser done for the season. If Crestview wins, they are in. If Plymouth wins, they may slide into the D-IV postseason, if everything else shapes up in their favor. (Also, we need to fix the playoffs so that a 10-0 Gibsonburg team can get in!)
D-VII: Finally, back to west central Ohio for Arcanum at Mississinawa Valley. Yeah, the outlook is poor for either of these teams if they make it to the postseason, but we won’t know if they don’t get there. Both teams need a win, neither is guaranteed a spot with a win.
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