(6-28-20) 2020 will be the last season in Ohio high school football that will qualify just 8 teams in each Region, in 2021 12 teams will make the cut.  So will scheduling change in the future? Will computer points remain a big factor in scheduling?   Time will tell…for the two Stateline area conferences non-conference games have been a factor in qualifying for the playoffs or not making the cut.

Past postings of MAC/WBL Non-Conference games and results

The Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC) teams have a non-conference game scheduled during week 1 and and week 2.  While the Western Buckeye League (WBL) has week 1 for non-conference match-ups.

Not knowing yet what the Governor will allow for fall sports during the pandemic, especially football, might have some impact in Ohio.  Social distancing in the stands will be a key budget issue…but travel for teams  to away games could cause some logistic concerns.  What will seating requirements be for team members and coaches on the bus look like, will it be practical and affordable.

Another issue for the MAC is an open date facing Marion Local in week two. Time is quickly approaching the first Friday night of play. The Flyers are still looking for an opponent, success of the program can scare some programs from playing them. Out of state opponents possibilities could be questionable due to the pandemic, the Flyers played Woodlan (Ind) the last two seasons.

Computer points will have a marginal impact on Marion Local opponents according to the OHSAA-

Before any games are played, the computer assumes that the opponents on each school’s schedule will play a full complement of games and assigns the divisor of 100 (10 weeks times 10 opponents = 100). After each week of the season, for each open date that occurs for an opponent that a school has played to date, the computer subtracts the divisor by one. In other words, if week five has just been completed and all five of a school’s opponents have played a full complement of games, then the divisor remains at 100, and second level points are divided by 100. If one opponent on a school’s schedule to date has had an open date, then the divisor reduces by one to 99, and second level points are divided by 99. If two opponents on a school’s schedule to date have had an open date, then the divisor reduces by two to 98, and second level points are divided by 98, and so on. The second level points are then multiplied by the factor 10 in order to move the decimal point higher so that the averages are comparable to those in past years. First and second level point averages are then added together for an average total.

Week 1 sees three MAC-WBL match-ups (Versailles at Celina, Kenton at Coldwater and Elida at Delphos St. John’s)., 6 of the 20 schools representing both conferences.

The two WBL Auglaize County teams will face new week 1 opponents, Springfield Holland at Wapakoneta and Thurgood Marshall at St. Marys. This all happened when Sidney joined a new athletic conference and lost a non-conference game slot, the Yellow Jackets decided to keep their long standing rivalry in place with Bellefontaine instead of playing the Roughriders. It just happened that the Chieftians were Wapakoneta’s opening game over the past several seasons.

Marion Local, who has a week 1 game, will face D IV Cincinnati Indian Hill on the road in a first time match-up.

Non-conference football games for 2020

August 28
Versailles at Celina
Coldwater at Kenton
Elida at Delphos St. John’s (Aug 29)
Defiance at Napoleon
Bryan at Van Wert
Eastwood at Ottawa-Glandorf
Bath at Bowling Green
Holland Springfield at Wapakoneta
Thurgood Marshall at St. Marys
Covington at St. Henry
Fort Recovery at Lehman Catholic
Parkway at Crestview
Marion Local at Indian Hill
Minster at Ft. Loramie
New Bremen at Patrick Henry
Anna at Indian Lake

Coldwater will play at home in week 2 taking on D III Mt. Healthy.  Minster will also play a new opponent, another D III school in Cincinnati Woodward.

September 4
Marion Local (OPEN)
Ft. Loramie at St. Henry
Mt. Healthy at Coldwater
Spencerville at Parkway
Valley View at Fort Recovery
Delphos Jefferson at Versailles
New Bremen at Ansonia
Minster at Cincinnati Woodward
Brookville at Anna
Delphos St. John’s at LCC

The MAC, a 10 school conference, only plays 8 conference games to allow for the 2nd non-conference games.

MAC schools who won’t play each other in 2021

Fort Recovery does not play Minster
St. Henry does not play New Bremen
Parkway does not play Marion Local
Versailles does not play Coldwater
Anna does not play Delphos St. John’s