(7-8-21) The Ohio High School football playoffs, just a year after the pandemic, will start out with a BANG! This year we will see double the number of schools who will qualify for the playoffs from 8 to 16 teams. Last season every OHSAA member school was given the opportunity to participate for the first time since the playoffs started. That might have been part of the reason the OHSAA Board made the move and added more qualifiers to the expansion plan for this season.
Let’s take a look at the D III Region 12 schools and how it is set-up for 2021.
Five of the ten Western Buckeye League (WBL) members are located in the D III Region 12, Celina, Elida, Shawnee, St. Marys and Wapakoneta. Those five schools are all located in the OHSAA’s Northwest District, while 22 of the other 27 schools are in the Southwest District.
One WBL member, Defiance, is in D III Region 10 which is composed of the remaining Northwest District teams and several from the Northeast District. The Bulldogs are the the farthest school located west in the Region.
More then ever securing home games will be advantage with the chance of schools facing some very long road trips.
The last playoffs using computer points was in 2019, the year before the pandemic. Below is the final computer points for the D III Region 12 schools. Eight schools qualified to move on.
In 2019 there were 27 schools (majority are still in the region) in the region , Greenville ened in 9th place with a 7-3 record missed out on the playoffs. The 16th ranked school was Carroll with a 4-6 record, this year they would been playing in the first round of the playoffs.
Taking a look at #9 to #16, the second group of eight who would have qualified this season, three schools were 5-5 (#12, #13 and #14) and two were 4-6 (#15 and #16). One school that was 5-5 (#18) was not in the top 16, so just being at .500 will not always be a guarantee to qualify.
Three schools were 7-3 (#9, #10 and #11) and all were bypassed in 2019…those who wanted 12 schools to qualify in a region could use Region 12 as an example to prove a point.
With the change just 11 schools in the region will not qualify, in 2019 19 schools did not make the cut.
All OHSAA D III Schools and Regions
The OHSAA list above contains schools that have indicated participation in the 2021 tournament. This is NOT the final list of schools that will be eligible to participate in the 2021 tournament as schools have until October 1 to make changes to their tournament participation. In addition, multi-high school districts that restructure their high schools are required to have their enrollment reclassified as of September 10 which may change their assigned tournament division.