(11-18-19) This week’s OHSAA HS Football Regional Finals features three #8 seeds and three #7 seeds. This is what makes high school sports what it is today, computer points and seeding don’t win games…playing them on the field does. See what makes these lower seeds winners already as they head into week 3.

#8 seeds

D IV -1,  D VI – 1, D VII – 1

Region 14 D IV
8 Clyde (8-4) vs. 6 Ottawa-Glandorf (9-3) at Findlay Donnell Stadium

Region 22 D VI
8 Carey (7-5) vs. 3 Howard East Knox (12-0) at Marion Harding Ohio Health Field at Harding Stadium

Region 28 D VII
8 New Bremen (9-3) vs. 2 Marion Local (10-2) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field

Some insights about the #8 seeds –

All three beat #1 seeds on the road in week one

Clyde went 6-4 on the regular season, three of their six wins came against ‘Big’ city schools (2 from Dayton, one D I school from Toledo)

Carey finished the regular season at 5-5 in Region 22. They started the season 0-3 (Leipsic, Galion and Ashland Crestview), all three of those teams qualified for the playoffs, they are presently in midst of their longest winning streak with 4 in a row.

New Bremen is a member of the state’s powerful small school conference, the Midwest Athletic Conference. This year they finished the season at 7-3 with all of their losses to conference foes who qualified for the playoffs (Anna, Coldwater and Minster). This week they play MAC Co-Champions Marion Local, who due to the conference scheduling solution, the two teams did not play during the regular season. Last time they made a playoff appearance was in 2004.

#7 Seeds

D III – 1, D IV – 2

Region 12 D III
4 Hamilton Badin (9-3) vs. 7 Trotwood-Madison (9-3) at Miamisburg Holland Field

Region 15 D IV
1 Newark Licking Valley (12-0) vs. 7  Bloom-Carroll (10-2) at Columbus St. Francis DeSales Alumni Stadium

Region 16
1 Cincinnati Wyoming (12-0) vs. 7 Valley View (10-2) at Cincinnati Princeton Mancuso Viking Stadium

Some insights about the #7 seeds –

All three beat #2 seeds on the road in week one.

Trotwood-Madison knocked off two Western Buckeye League schools to advance to this week’s Regional final. They lost their last two regular season games to conference foes, both who finished the regular season 9-1 (Springboro and Springfield). One of their wins this season was a Canadian school who played an American schedule and went 0-7.

Bloom-Carroll’s two losses both came to playoff teams (Jonathon Alder and Amanda-Clearcreek). Four of their regular season wins came over teams with a combined record of 4-36.

Valley View won their first five games of the season, before losing two in a row, including D III playoff team Franklin. They hung on to beat Roger Bacon 28-27 last week.