(10-31-21) It didn’t take long for history to be made in the new OHSAA expanded 16 team region football playoffs. The first night saw a #16 seed knock off a #1 seed when Edison held on to beat Bellevue 23-22.
How did the Chargers do it?
- triple option offense
- 54 rushing plays for 279 yards ( i ncomplete pass)
- 5 or more rushers had at least 8 carries
- no negative yards plays
- converting 4th down plays first three scoring drive
Edison Coach Jim Hall told the Sandusky Register after the game –
“With what we’re doing on offense we’re thinking four downs to get 10 yards a lot. It is a roll of the dice.”
The Chargers also had learned from their loss to Bellevue in Week 2…21-14.
Up next for Edison will be #9 seed Sandusky Perkins (8-3), who knocked off #8 seed Lutheran West 34-12. One of Perkins 3 losses this year was on October 1st to Bellevue 26-0. This game represents two schools who would have not have been a part of the playoffs in the old 8 region set-up.
How the computer set it up—
Week 1 Playoff Schedule
Division IV, Region 14
16 Milan Edison (5-5) at 1 Bellevue (8-2)
15 Galion (4-6) at 2 Clyde (8-2)
14 Rossford (5-5) at 3 Van Wert (9-1)
13 Toledo Scott (6-4) at 4 Port Clinton (9-1)
12 Huron (6-4) at 5 La Grange Keystone (8-1)
11 Wauseon (7-3) at 6 Wooster Triway (7-1)
10 Bellville Clear Fork (6-4) at 7 Shelby (8-2)
9 Sandusky Perkins (7-3) at 8 Rocky River Lutheran West (8-1)
Week 2 – Up next for Edison
Division IV, Region 14
16 Milan Edison (6-5) at 9 Sandusky Perkins (8-3)
5 La Grange Keystone (9-1) at 4 Port Clinton (10-1)
7 Shelby (9-2) at 2 Clyde (9-2)
11 Wauseon (8-3) at 3 Van Wert (10-1)
What does hindsight tell us?
The computer point system might need an upgrade, under future consideration according to reports, the addition of the strength of schedule factor.
16 teams in a region isn’t as bad as many had thought it would be. Besides Edison other lower seeds had success this past weekend. One good example comes from the Midwest Athletic Conference, Ft. Recovery a #14 seed with a 3-7 record moves on with a win over #3 seed Arcanum who was 7-3.
Deciding the state champion on the field instead of a computer point formula can work.
The question has now been answered…yes… a #16 seed can beat a #1 seed in the playoffs.
WEEK 1 – #13 – #16 Seeds Wins
D I :
#14 Dublin Coffman def # 3 Wayne.
D II :
#14 Wooster beat #3 Berlin
#13 Stebbins beat #4 Teays Valley
D III :
#14 Bellefontaine beat #3 Tri-Valley
#13 Chaminade-Julienne beat #4 Ross
#15 Alter beat #2 Monroe
D IV :
#16 Edison beat #1 Bellevue
D V :
#13 Waynedale beat #4 Indian Lake
#13 Carlisle beat #4 Reading
D VI :
#14 Ft Recovery beat #3 Arcanum
D VII :
#14 Troy Christian beat #3 Portsmouth Notre Dame
From the OHSAA release today –
NOTING THE FIRST ROUND New this year, the top 16 schools in each region qualified for the playoffs. At least one school from every seed won a first-round playoff game. Overall in the first round, the better seeded teams went 191-33 at home for an 85.3 winning percentage. In the final three years (2017-19) of the previous playoff format when the top eight schools per region qualified and only seeds No. 1 through No. 4 hosted, the better seeded teams won their first-round games at a 74.4 winning percentage (250-86).