A look at NW Ohio High school football playoff possibilities

By BRUCE HEFFLINGERhefflinger@crescent-news.com Published:

Three Henry County teams could be in the playoffs when first-round pairings are announced Sunday for the Ohio High School Athletic Association football tournament.

Liberty Center has already clinched a Division V Region 18 home game on Nov. 4 while Patrick Henry is in with a win. Napoleon can also get in the postseason with a victory over Bowling Green on Friday along with some other scenarios.

Three other area teams area assured of a trip to the playoffs, Ottawa-Glandorf, Leipsic and Edgerton.

But more squads from the six-county area are clinging to hope with one game to go. Bryan, Defiance and Wauseon in Division III Region 10 are still alive, though barely, while Hicksville, Columbus Grove and Tinora in Division V Region 18 and Edon in D-VI Region 22 continue to have playoff aspirations.

Let's take a look at the prospects of area teams still in the hunt for a game in week 11:

Division III Region 10

• Napoleon (7) - The Wildcats are seventh in the region and obviously need a win over Bowling Green to stay alive. Napoleon could finish as high as fifth but even with a victory an 11th game is not guaranteed. Four teams that would help out Napoleon are 9-0 Jonathon Alder (vs. 3-6 Columbus Watterson), 7-2 Clyde (vs. 5-4 Port Clinton), 6-3 Perrysburg (vs. 5-4 Maumee) and 5-4 Wauseon (vs. 7-2 Patrick Henry). If Napoleon gets in there is a strong chance of playing in Columbus come Nov. 4 with Columbus DeSales and Columbus Eastmoor likely to be two of the four hosts.

• Bryan (10) - The Bears need a lot of help with wins by Wauseon and Archbold among the many things needed. Playing two teams - Van Wert and Shelby - that are 0-9 has killed Bryan.

• Defiance (17) - Yes the Bulldogs are still in the running but need way more help than even Bryan. It starts with a win over Elida, which is in the playoffs with a victory over Defiance but potentially out with a loss. One big problem for DHS is that no triumph has been against a team with a winning record.

• Wauseon (19) - Still alive but a miracle is needed.

Division IV Region 14

• O-G (6) - The Titans have clinched a playoff spot but even with everything going perfect can not host a first-round game. Will finish fifth, sixth or seventh in a region with Columbus Bishop Hartley, Kenton, Eastwood and Genoa the top four teams. Eastwood and Genoa meet on Friday while Kenton is at a Wapakoneta team that has already clinched a Division II Region 8 postseason berth but would be assured of a home game by beating Kenton.

Division V Region 18

• Liberty Center (2) - Tigers will be at home Nov. 4 and will finish either first or second in the region by beating Archbold on Friday night. A loss will drop LC no worse than fourth while a win would project either the Tigers or Hopewell-Loudon at the top of the region that has already determined Lima CC and Northwood are in.

• Patrick Henry (5) - It's simple for the Patriots, win and in but lose and nothing is assured. Most likely a loss and PH is still in the playoffs but wins by Archbold and Dayton Belmont would help the Pats.

• Hicksville (7) - Even a victory at Fairview on Friday does not guaranteed the Aces will be in the postseason. One game that would help Hicksville would be Edon (6-3) beating Gibsonburg (5-4). The Aces will also be rooting for Liberty Center and 3-6 Mohawk (which faces 7-2 Carey).

• Columbus Grove (11) - An overtime loss to Delphos Jefferson and a four-point defeat to Spencerville looks like it will prove costly to the Bulldogs.

• Tinora (12) - The Rams can finish as high as eighth but need Cary and Archbold to lose plus more help such as Fairview topping Hicksville, 3-6 Parkway beating 5-4 Anna and 2-7 USV besting 2-7 Lima Perry.

Division VI Region 22

• Leipsic (2) - The Vikings have clinched a home game and would jump to first in the region by beating 7-2 McComb. Delphos St. John's, at 6-3, currently is on top of the region.

• Edgerton (5) - A spot in the playoffs is a certainty but where the Bulldogs play on Nov. 5 is not known. Edgerton could get a home game but must beat Tinora and get other help.

• Edon (6) - Edon must win road game against 5-4 Gibsonburg on Friday and the Bombers will have a week 11 game.

Also of interest

• Two former area coaches are closing in on their first playoff berths since leaving the area. Former Napoleon head coach John Snoad has Gahanna-Lincoln one win away from a trip to the Division I Region 1 playoffs with a victory over 3-6 Grove-port Madison. The Lions could even get a home game in a division led by unbeaten Hilliard Davidson. Meanwhile in Division V, Bob Olwin has Versailles still in contention for a Division V Region 20 playoff berth. The Tigers, coming off huge wins over Minster and Anna the past two weeks, must beat 1-8 St. Henry and then hope things go right from there. Minster topping Coldwater and Celina beating Lima Bath are two things that would help out the former Fairview head coach.

• In addition to Napoleon, the Northern Lakes League could be busy again come playoff time. League champ Sylvania Southview will have a first-round Division I Region 2 home game with a win on Friday. Anthony Wayne Region 2) and Perrysburg (Division II Region 6) also stand good chances to be playing in week 11. Maumee, which hosts Perrysburg on Friday, could slip into the top eight in Region 6 with a win while Bowling Green, Napoleon's opponent on Friday, has an outside shot at qualifying.

• In the WBL, Wapak (D II Region 6), Kenton (Division IV Region 14) and O-G (Division IV Region 14) have all clinched a playoff berth while Elida (Division III Region 10) is in by beating Defiance. Lima Shawnee and DHS remain mathematically alive.

• Lima CC and Ada are the lone Northwest Conference teams in for sure. Grove, Spencerville and Crestview must all win and get help.

• The TAAC has the potential to get in as many teams as the MAC. Northwood has clinched, Edon is in with a win and Ottawa Hills is still alive. In the MAC, Coldwater, Delphos St. John's and Marion Local will all be playing in week 11 but Versailles and Minster are only hopefuls at this time.

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