By Samuel Houseworth
The Ohio High School Athletic Association D-I Football Championship is this weekend. Six more football state championships are next weekend. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty!
The top two D-I teams in the Projection Index since September will meet for the state championship on Friday! While the computers like St. Xavier by a slim margin, there’s no doubt that Pickerington Central features one of the best defenses in the state. This will be an excellent contest.
I will be genuinely surprised if the D-II championship isn’t between Hoban and Massillon. No disrespect to La Salle nor Avon, but the Knights and Tigers would be in the state championship conversation in D-I, let alone D-II. But, that’s why they play the game.
D-III features the most balanced semifinal in the state with Columbus DeSales vs. Alter squaring off in London on Friday. Seriously, the only surprise that could come out of this game would be a blowout. This is a contest
I’m truly excited for!D-IV has been the most balanced division for a while and that title rings true going into the state semis. The Van Wert Cougars, who the polls were disrespecting midseason, are now the favored to win their 2nd football state title. But there’s nobody left who can’t win it all.
All year, you’ve heard me saying that the D-V state championship will be Ironton and Kirtland. Kirtland and Ironton. Guess what. The state championship will be Ironton and Kirtland. Kirtland and Ironton.
For the D-VI Coldwater Cavs, they have not gone 5 consecutive years without a state championship in football since winning their first title in 2005. So not having a state crown since 2015 does feel like a long drought for the Cavs. That should change in the next two weeks.
And let me repeat myself, the D-VII state semifinal between LCC and New Bremen is the de facto state championship. Regardless if it is the T-Birds or the Cardinals, it would be the first state championship in football for either school.
Samuel Houseworth’s Projections –