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OHSAA Announces Updates On State Tournaments

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has finalized details for several upcoming state tournaments, including cross country, volleyball and soccer. In addition, updates are included for football regional final and state semifinal sites, along with divisional breakdowns for the 2021 softball and baseball seasons.

SOCCER STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES TO BE HOSTED AT MAPFRE STADIUM

In partnership with the Columbus Crew SC, the OHSAA girls and boys soccer state championship games will once again be hosted at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus. The girls finals will be Friday, November 13, followed by the boys finals on Saturday, November 14. The OHSAA applauds the Crew SC for working with the OHSAA to make it possible for the finals to remain at MAPFRE Stadium, where they have been since 1999.

“We would like to thank the Crew SC for being such a great partner during these uncertain times,” said Kathleen Coughlin, OHSAA Director of Sport Management and soccer administrator. “Due to the attendance restrictions this year, we didn’t know if it would be possible to have our finals in such an outstanding venue, but the Crew SC made it happen and we couldn’t be happier to once again crown our soccer state champions at MAPFRE Stadium.” 

The stadium will be cleared and cleaned after each game. Statewide soccer tournament brackets and more information are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Soccer/Soccer-2020/2020-OHSAA-Soccer-State-Tournament-Coverage

VOLLEYBALL STATE TOURNAMENT TO BE HOSTED BY VANDALIA-BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL NOV. 13-15

The upcoming volleyball state tournament will take a hiatus from the Nutter Center at Wright State University and be hosted by Vandalia Butler High School. In addition, the event will move to a Friday-Saturday-Sunday format (November 13-15). School will not be in session at Butler High School that Friday.

“We are very thankful that Butler High School stepped forward to host our volleyball state tournament,” said Emily Gates, OHSAA Director of Sport Management and the volleyball administrator. “We look forward to our return to Wright State University in the future, but with the small number of fans who can attend this year, we needed to find a smaller venue that was still an exceptional site. We found that at Butler High School and are very excited to work together on this great state tournament.” 

The facility will be cleared and cleaned after each match, so the state tournament schedule will be adjusted to the following:

   Friday, November 13: Division II semifinals at 10 AM and 1 PM; Division I semifinals at 4 PM and 7 PM

   Saturday, November 14: Division IV semifinals at 10 AM and 1 PM; Division III semifinals at 4 PM and 7 PM

   Sunday, November 15: Division II final at 9 AM; Division I final at 12:30 PM; Division IV final at 4 PM; Division III final at 7:30 PM

Statewide volleyball tournament brackets and more information are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Volleyball/2020-Volleyball/2020-OHSAA-Volleyball-State-Tournament-Coverage

CROSS COUNTRY REGIONAL AND STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

The OHSAA will now conduct all regional and state cross country races on Saturdays (Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, respectively). The schedule for the regional and state tournaments is as follows: 

   Division III Boys: 9 AM

   Division III Girls: 10 AM

   Division II Boys: Noon

   Division II Girls: 1 PM

   Division I Boys: 3 PM

   Division I Girls: 4 PM

Regional and state tournament information is posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Cross-Country/Cross-Country-2020/2020-Cross-Country-Tournament-Coverage

UPDATE ON FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SITES

On October 22, the OHSAA informed schools that the better-seeded team would determine the site for the regional finals, which can be at the better-seeded team’s home stadium or another site of their choosing. The Division I regional finals are this Friday, Oct. 30, while the regional finals for Divisions II through VII are November 6-7.

Later this week, the OHSAA will announce how the regions will be paired for the Division I state semifinal games. Next week, the OHSAA will announce how the regions will be paired for the state semifinals in Divisions II through VII. The OHSAA will select neutral sites for the state semifinal games and the state championship games. Sites will be announced as soon as possible. Of note, many traditional host sites are not available to serve as neutral sites due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL DIVISIONAL BREAKDOWNS POSTED FOR 2021 SEASONS

The divisional breakdowns for the 2021 softball and baseball seasons have been posted at OHSAA.org. Of note, competitive balance data was not used for the breakdowns due to the cancellation of the 2020 season. 

   2021 Softball: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Softball/Softball-2021

   2021 Baseball: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Baseball/Baseball-2021

Litter Media Game of the Week: McNicholas at Waverly

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Most of the area teams still alive in OHSAA playoff action will be playing Saturday night, but several will be continuing their regular season action on Friday night. All kick off times are 7pm.

The Litter Media Game of the Week features Waverly hosting McNicholas in the quarterfinals of D IV Region 16. The Tigers enter the game 7-0 after pasting Norwood 62-14 last Saturday. McNicholas was a 27-0 winner over Unioto last weekend, improving the Rockets’ record to 5-2. Watch for score updates from Waverly on the Litter Media Facebook Page Saturday night, Litter Media Extras including a game report, photos over the weekend and a game highlight package next week.

SEE THE OHSAA PLAYOFF REGIONAL BRACKETS HERE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2020 (Regular Season)

   South Point at Huntington

   Lancaster at Teays Valley

   Logan Elm at Amanda-Clearcreek

   Fairfield Union at Utica

   Unioto at Madison Plains

   Clermont Northeastern at Hillsboro

   McClain at East Clinton

   Northwest at Piketon

   Eastern Pike at Zane Trace

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020 (Playoffs)

D IV Region 15

   Carrollton at Bloom-Carroll

D IV Region 16

   Cincinnati McNicholas at Waverly

D V Region 19

   Bishop Ready at Wheelersburg

D VI Region 23

   Lucasville Valley at Barnesville

D VI Region 24

   Minster at Adena

   Paint Valley at Mechanicsburg

OHSAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Round 2

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With the first round behind them, the OHSAA Football Playoffs continue this weekend.

Below are games involving area teams, including those who either opted out of the playoffs or have scheduled regular season games for the weekend. Kick-off is 7pm for the games.

TheLitter Media Cameras will be at Paint Valley as the Bearcats host the Greeneview Rams with the Litter Media Game of the Week.

PLAYOFFS – Friday, October 16:

II – Region 8

Teays Valley at Anderson (Winner plays Piqua/Harrison)

III – Region 11

Miami Trace at London (Winner plays Jonathan Alder/Zanesville)

Tri-Valley at Jackson (Winner plays Hartley/Western Brown)

VII – Region 27

Berne Union at Eastern Pike (Winner plays Trimble/Monroe Central)

REGULAR SEASON – Friday:

Huntington at River Valley

East Clinton at Hillsboro

South Point at Zane Trace

Alexander at Southeastern

PLAYOFFS – Saturday, October 17:

IV – Region 15

Indian Valley at Bloom-Carroll (Winner plays Marion-Franklin/Carrollton)

Vinton County at Gallia Academy (Winner plays Meadowbrook/Philo)

Logan Elm at Licking Valley (Winner plays Heath/Cambridge)

IV – Region 16

Norwood at Waverly (Winner plays Unioto/Anderson)

Unioto at McNicholas (Winner plays Norwood/Waverly)

V – Region 19

Portsmouth West at Wheelersburg (Winner plays Northwest/Ready)

Northwest at Ready (Winner plays Portsmouth West/Wheelersburg)

Wellston at Johnstown Monroe (Winner plays Ironton/New Lexington)

Oak Hill at Ridgewood (Winner plays Amanda Clearcreek/Liberty Union)

Amanda Clearcreek at Liberty Union (Winner plays Oak Hill/Ridgewood)

Piketon at Harvest Prep (Winner plays Columbus Academy/Coshocton)

VI – Region 23

Lucasville Valley at Worthington Christian (Winner plays Barnesville/Marion Elgin)

VI – Region 24

Parkway at Adena (Winner plays Harrod Allen East/Minster winner)

Greeneview at Paint Valley (Winner plays Mechanicsburg/Deer Park winner)

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Panthers Advance With 27-14 Playoff Win Over Chillicothe

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Two weeks ago, Chillicothe dominated Miami Trace 44-3. Last week, the Cavaliers were celebrating a Frontier Athletic Conference Championship in a double overtime victory over Jackson.

But the Regional Playoff game on October 9th at The O belonged to the Panthers, rallying from a halftime deficit of 14-13 to win 27-14. The win advances Miami Trace to face London next Friday night.

Chillicothe was playing shorthanded after a Junior Varsity player tested positive for COVID-19 mid-week. That placed 39 players into quarantine protocol, leaving the Cavs with just 19 players to dress for the game.

In the previous meeting, Miami Trace was hampered without starters Jayden LeBeau (RB) and Josh Gilmore (WR). Both were injured the week before against Jackson, but they were instrumental with a second opportunity to face Chillicothe.

Despite being short on players, Chillicothe got off to a good start and took a 14-6 lead. Jaiden Cain, playing quarterback for the first time since the 2019 opener at Teays Valley, was pressed into action after QBs Kamron Smith and Mason Doughty were both quarantined, leaving Cain to get caught up in a hurry.

Maxwell Lee plunged into the end zone with 5:23 left in the 1st quarter to get the scoring started. Without place-kickers, the Cavs went for two-point conversions when they had the opportunity. The first attempt failed and Chillicothe led 6-0.

Miami Trace tied the score on a pass by Weston Melvin, the first of his four scoring passes on the night. Three of those went to Gilmore, including the game tying touchdown from five yards out. The Panthers PAT failed to knot the score at 6 through the first quarter.

Scales had a 37-yard run inside the Miami Trace five. Cain crossed the goal line on a keeper to put Chillicothe and Scales followed with the 2-point PAT ahead 14-6.

Miami Trace pinned the Cavaliers back to their 1 yard line forcing a punt from their end zone. Gilmore return the kick to the Chillicothe 27. Melvin connected with Gilmore again just before the half. Zach Warnock’s PAT pulled the Panthers to within 14-13.

Late in the third period, Melvin scrambled left and found Hunter McBee on the sideline for a 28-yard touchdown pass and with 2:38 remaining Miami Trace led for the first time, 20-14.

The Panthers dashed any possibility of a Cavaliers come back bid with a 67-yard strike from Melvin to Gilmore for a 27-14 lead with just 6:54 left in the game.

Melvin completed 11-of-20 passes for 201 yards and four TD passes. Gilmore (151 yards receiving) and LeBeau (154 yards rushing) were the workhorses for Miami Trace. Cain was 11-of-19 for 106 yards and Scales rolled to 158 yards on 19 carries.

The Panthers (4-3) will travel to London next Friday in the next round of the Regional Playoffs. The Cavaliers (5-2) may have more football to play. Coach Doug Pryor confirmed Chillicothe is negotiating for some regular season action. The OHSAA modifications for football (due to the pandemic) gives schools a chance for more games after the playoffs, until the week of November 15th.

For the second time in two weeks, Chillicothe hosted Miami Trace, only this meeting was in the first round of the…

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OHSAA Board Meeting Follow Up Includes Adjustments to Fall Tournaments Due to COVID-19

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors held a scheduled meeting last Thursday (Oct. 1) virtually. The following are highlights from the meeting. Complete meeting minutes will be posted at OHSAA.org.

– The Board was updated by the OHSAA staff regarding various adjustments to the upcoming fall sports tournaments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the changes are:

o   CROSS COUNTRY: The regional and state tournaments will have a two-day format this year to spread out the event. The Division III races will be run on Friday afternoons (regionals on Oct. 30; state on Nov. 6), while the Division II and I races will be run on Saturdays (regionals on Oct. 31; state on Nov. 7). In addition, the current Ohio Department of Health order limits the number of runners in a cross country race to 150, which is less than a typical regional or state championships race. If the OHSAA’s variance request is not approved, each race will be run in two sections. As previously announced, the state championships will be at Fortress Obetz, while the regional sites are posted at: http://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/Sports/Cross%20Country/CCRegionals.pdf

o   GOLF: At all levels of the tournament (sectional, district and state), tickets are required for entrance and must be purchased in advance. At most tournaments, there will be a limit of two tickets available for each qualifier. The state tournament venues remain the same, with NorthStar Golf Club in Sunbury hosting the boys Division III state tournament, and The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus hosting the Division I and II girls and boys state tournaments. There will be limited ticketing at Ohio State. Golf Genius will be utilized for live scoring, with the link posted on the state tournament coverage page at OHSAA.org. There will be no awards presentations on Saturday.

o   FIELD HOCKEY: The state tournament will move to Thomas Worthington High School after being hosted at Upper Arlington High School, which cannot host the event this year. The state semifinals will be on Thursday, Nov. 5, and the state championship game will be on Saturday, Nov. 7.

o   FOOTBALL: Please see the OHSAA’s release from Oct. 1 at: https://www.ohsaa.org/news-media/articles/ohsaa-announces-football-brackets-and-playoff-information

o   SOCCER: The state championships venue has not been finalized. Traditional host MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus may or may not host the games.  

o   GIRLS TENNIS: The Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason will continue to host the state tournament, as the venue graciously does not charge the OHSAA a rental fee. If inclement weather forces play indoors, the OHSAA will communicate the limited spectator policy.  

o   VOLLEYBALL: The state tournament venue has not been finalized. Traditional host Wright State University in Dayton may or may not host the event.

–         The board approved a recommendation from OHSAA staff to use the current base enrollment data in 2021-22 for a third school year, instead of obtaining new enrollment data this fall from the Ohio Department of Education to start a new two-year cycle next school year. Therefore, a new two-year cycle for enrollment data will begin in 2022-23. The data is used to help determine divisional alignments for tournaments, in addition to school classifications for District Athletic Board elections. 

–         The board approved a joint proposal from the softball and baseball coaches associations that provides an exception within General Sports Regulation 8 to increase the number of team members permitted to be together to receive individual skill instruction outside of the school season or defined no-contact period. Softball and baseball coaches are now permitted to provide coaching to a maximum of six members of their school team at the same time in all facilities.

–         The board approved a proposal from the Ohio High School Ice Hockey Advisory Committee to move the non-interscholastic date back to December 30 instead of the previously established date of November 20 to assist student-athletes who are pursuing a future team placement with USA Hockey.

–         The board approved the 2020-21 OHSAA budget, which includes a projected $1.3 million deficit due to decreased spectators permitted at tournament contests. The OHSAA continues to explore cost saving measures and is working toward reducing that deficit as much as possible in order to continue providing services to member schools, its 26 sanctioned sports, and more than 15,000 contest officials.  

–         The Board reviewed the list of recent infractions by OHSAA member schools. Since the Board’s last meeting, Consequences were issued to 11 schools for violations of OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations. The list of infractions will be included in the complete Board meeting minutes posted at OHSAA.org.

–         The Board ratified the contract between the OHSAA and Spectrum to serve as the OHSAA’s official television partner for the 2020-21 school year, which will include exclusive live television coverage of selected football and basketball games. Delayed television coverage, and some live video streaming coverage, is permitted for football and basketball games not selected by Spectrum. The board also approved the OHSAA to finalize a contract with the NFHS Network to provide live streaming coverage of selected tournament contests. The OHSAA will also promote the network to member schools for their regular-season contests. 

–         The board approved the softball and baseball divisional breakdowns for the 2021 spring season. Of note, competitive balance data from the cancelled 2020 season was not used when determining divisional alignments for 2021, and only school enrollment data (EMIS) was used.

Adena Powers Past Pioneers for 2020 SVC Football Title

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After a 10 year absence and finishing second the last two seasons, the Adena Warriors are finally back atop the Scioto Valley Conference.

Adena blanked Zane Trace 46-0 to finish 6-0 in the COVID-19 shortened football season. The Warriors nearly matched their game average of 48 points per game to earn a Gold Ball for the undefeated SVC season.

Preston Sykes had a scoop and score just 11 seconds into the game and tacked on a 56-yard TD pass on the Warriors first offensive play to post an early 16-0 lead.

“I came on a blitz” said Sykes “I didn’t think I was gonna get there – then all of a sudden, linebacker Cole Williams, he smacked a guy and I saw the ball shootin’ out… my eyes got real big. I thought ‘Oh I can scoop this and score on this’.” And like that, it was 8-0 after Sykes scored on a two-point conversion.

After forcing the Pioneers to punt on their next series, Sykes connected with Tate Myers on a 56-yard pass for a touchdown. And like that, the Warriors were ahead 16-0 1:54 into the first quarter.

Cade McWhorter tacked on a 18 yard field goal for a 19-0 lead. Nate Throckmorton punched in a 5-yard run and with just 13 seconds before halftime, Sykes found Logan Bennett on an 8-yard pass to lift the Warriors to a 32-0 lead.

Sykes wasn’t finished, he broke into the open field and sprinted 67-yards for a score. Gabe Stark was on the receiving end of Sykes’ third TD pass to finish the scoring.

“Starting off fast was the key” said Adena’s John Penwell. “It’s a big deal. Especially when you have a team like Zane Trace, who’s talented, young… The ,kids came out and played well. “

Adena was awarded a first round bye for the playoffs and won’t play until they host on October 17th. Zane Trace travels to Coshocton next Friday as the playoff season begins.

Adena’s John Penwell was all smiles with his family celebrating a 46-0 win over Zane Trace. The Warriors fell short of a title the previous two seasons. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media

2020 Football Playoff Brackets Released

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684 High School Football Teams prepare for first round of playoffs October 9th and 10th. (See schedule involving local teams below)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the regional brackets for the football playoffs Thursday, which currently include 648 schools that will take part in the 2020 postseason. 

The brackets and other playoff information are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2020/2020-OHSAA-Football-Playoffs-Coverage

In a normal season, 224 schools qualify for the playoffs, with eight schools from each of 28 regions earning a bid through the OHSAA’s Harbin computer ratings system, which will not be used this season. However, this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the playoffs will begin in Week 7 (Oct. 9-10) and all teams could opt in.

TICKETING PROCESS

The OHSAA will send playoff ticketing guidelines and information to schools on Friday and will meet virtually with all playoff schools on Monday morning to discuss. According the latest order from the Ohio Department of Health and the Governor, only 15 percent of the stadium’s permanent seating capacity are permitted to attend games, unless the site has been approved for a variance by the Ohio Department of Health. Note that the home team can have its band in attendance for its games, while both teams can have cheerleaders.

All playoff tickets will be sold online through www.OHSAA.org/tickets and will be available starting Tuesday, October 6.

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE AND FORMAT

Earlier this week, the head coaches in each region voted to determine the seeding in their region. On Thursday, the OHSAA placed teams on brackets according to the seeds. Many of the higher seeds will have a first-round bye in most regions.

Divisions, I, II, III and VII will play on Friday nights. Divisions IV, V and VI will play on Saturday nights. All games kick off at 7 p.m.

For each game through at least the regional semifinals, the higher seeded team will have the first opportunity to host the game. If the higher seeded team cannot host, the other team will host the game. The OHSAA will determine sites for the regional finals, state semifinals and state championships. If a team is unable to play a playoff game on the assigned day according to the bracket, its opponent will advance on the bracket. 

Schools eliminated from the OHSAA playoffs or that chose not to enter the playoffs have the option to schedule additional regular season contests through Saturday, November 14 (maximum of 10 regular season contests permitted).

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

The Division I state championship game will be played Friday, November 13. The specific dates and times for the state championship games in Divisions II through VII will be announced at a later date, but will be played within the November 19-22 date range. Sites will be announced at a later date, as well, but it is unlikely that all seven games will be played at the same venue. There will be no state championship games that happen simultaneously, as each game will have its own time slot.

Football Playoff Games for Local Teams, All kickoffs, 7pm:

Friday October 9th

DII

Region 8:

Briggs at Teays Valley, winner travels to play Cincinnati Anderson 10/16

DIII

Region 11:

Miami Trace at Chillicothe, winner travels to play London 10/16

Saturday October 10th

DIV

Region 15:

Circleville at New Concord John Glenn, winner plays winner of Warren vs Columbus East 10/17

Union Local vs Vinton County, winner travels to Gallia Academy 10/17

Lakewood at Logan Elm, winner travels to Licking Valley 10/17

Region 16:

Thurgood Marshall at Washington CH, winner travels to Clinton-Massie 10/17

Hillsboro at Unioto, winner travels to Cincinnati McNicholas 10/17

McClain at Milton-Union, winner travels to Valley View 10/17

Shroder at Norwood, winner travels to Waverly 10/17

DV

Region 19:

Westfall at New Lexington, winner travels to Ironton 10/17

South Point at Wellston, winner plays winner of Johnstown-Monroe vs Utica 10/17

Zane Trace at Coshocton, winner travels to Columbus Academy 10/17

Piketon at Minford, winner travels to Harvest Prep 10/17

Meigs at Oak Hill, winner travels to Ridgewood 10/17

Morgan at Amanda Clearcreek, winner travels to Liberty Union 10/17

Chesapeake at Portsmouth West, winner travels to Wheelersburg 10/17

Portsmouth at Northwest, winner travels to Columbus Ready 10/17

Region 23:

Northridge at Lucasville Valley, winner travels to Worthington Christian 10/17

Southeastern at Symmes Valley, winner travels to Nelsonville-York 10/17  

Region 24:

Jamestown Greenview at Paint Valley 10/17

Parkway at Elmwood Place, winner travels to Adena 10/17

DVI

Region 27:

Zanesville Rosecrans at Berne Union, winner travels to Eastern Pike 10/17

Litter Media Game of the Week: Smith Leads Cavs to 44-3 Win Over Miami Trace

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Click to watch Kam Smith’s 56-yard TD run.

Chillicothe’s Kam Smith ran wild including a dazzling scramble for a 56-yard touchdown in the second quarter as the Cavs earned a 44-3 win over Miami Trace Friday.

The victory was Chillicothe’s fourth straight win and sets up Frontier Athletic Conference championship game with the Jackson Ironmen October 2nd.

“Their defense played well and frustrated us” said Cavs Coach Doug Pryor. “We just had to figure things out and once we did, things really started to click. Just really happy for these guys.”

Smith finished the contest with 207 yards on 14 carries and a TD, he added 4-of-6 passing for 94 yards and a TD.

But Smith wasn’t the only bright spot for Chillicothe Friday. Taylin Scales averaged 10 yards per carry, with just over 100 yards on the ground with a score. Joel Barnes had a TD reception and Logan Snowden scooted 64-yards down the home sideline to score on a punt return.

While thing went well for Chillicothe, Miami Trace was trying to bounce back from a physical contest with Jackson last week, which saw their best running back Jayden LeBeau and best receiver Josh Gilmore on the injured list. Jerry Williams Panthers had a number of young kids in the battle. “We limped into this when we came here and we knew we’d have to find points and looked for someone to step up and it just didn’t happen” said Williams. “We have a bunch of young kids and they fought hard and they just have to learn how to persevere through some of these things and learn from these defeats like this in order to get better.”

Chillicothe’s Max Lee punched in from two yards out with 1:41 left in the first quarter. The Cavs followed with the spectacular run by Smith for a 14-0 lead.

The Panthers got on the board when Zack Warnock hit a 22-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-3.

After that, it was all Cavaliers. Smith connected with Joel Barnes on a 61-yard bomb to go up 21-3 with 11.6 seconds remaining in the first half. Scales scored on a 7-yard run. Despite a bobbled snap resulting in a missed PAT, Jacob Coffland hit a 30-yard field goal for a 30-3 lead. Logan Snowden’s punt return made extended the lead to 37-3 and Oscar Morgan closed out scoring with a 1-yard run for the 44-3 final.

“You gotta give Miami Trace credit” said Pryor noting the Panthers were without some of their regulars in the lineup. “I know those guys woulda made a difference.”

Jackson (5-0/4-0 FAC) was a 48-7 victor over Hillsboro (0-5/0-4 FAC) to set up the FAC championship showdown Friday at Chillicothe’s Obadiah Harris Family Athletic Complex.

Miami Trace (3-2/3-1 FAC) will travel to Washington CH (2-3/2-2 FAC) Friday. The Blue Lions were 46-9 winners over McClain (0-5/0-4 FAC).

Chillicothe’s Tylin Scales rushed for just over 100 yards and a touchdown in Chillicothe’s 44-3 win over Miami Trace.

OHSAA Announces New Football Regions and Playoff Information

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced new regional alignments for the upcoming football playoffs after 664 schools opted in for the postseason. In a normal season, 224 schools qualify for the playoffs, with eight schools from each of 28 regions earning a bid through the OHSAA’s Harbin computer ratings system, which will not be used this season.

The new regions are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2020

Originally, there were 709 schools that indicated they planned to contend for a playoff bid this season playing 11-man football, but the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some schools to start their seasons later or end early. Based on the recommendation from Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, the OHSAA shortened the football season.

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE AND FORMAT

On September 29 and 30, the head coaches in each region will vote to seed the teams in their region. The OHSAA will then place teams on brackets on October 1. With various numbers of schools in each region, many of the higher seeds will have a first-round bye in most regions.

Once the brackets are set, the top team on the bracket of the specific game will have the first opportunity to host the game throughout the regional playoffs. If the top team on the bracket cannot host, the other team will host the game. The OHSAA will determine sites for the state semifinals and state championships.

If a team is unable to play a playoff game on the assigned day according to the bracket, its opponent will advance on the bracket.

Playoff games will be held on Friday and Saturday nights beginning October 9-10. Divisions, I, II, III and VII will play on Friday nights. Divisions IV, V and VI will play on Saturday nights. 

As a reminder, schools eliminated from the OHSAA playoffs or that choose not to enter the OHSAA playoffs have the option to schedule additional regular season contests through Saturday, November 14 (maximum of 10 regular season contests permitted).

BROADCASTS

Spectrum News 1 is the official television partner of the OHSAA and will select several playoff games each weekend to televise live. Only Spectrum can provide live television coverage of OHSAA football playoff games. All other television broadcasts can start at 10:00 p.m. the same day as the game, with rights fees determined by the OHSAA. Live video streaming will be permitted for games not selected by Spectrum News 1 at rates set by the OHSAA, which will be announced later in September.

SEASON SCHEDULE AND FORMAT

Please see the OHSAA’s press release from August 24 regarding changes to the season schedule and format, game management changes, suggested public address announcements and spectator limitations due to COVID-19: https://ohsaa.org/news-media/articles/noting-the-start-of-the-ohsaa-football-season

The August 24 release also included important dates for the 2021 season, which will start a week early due to the expanded playoff field, as announced May 22: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports/News/ohsaa-to-expand-football-playoffs-in-2021

OHSAA COVID-19 GUIDANCE CENTER

All sports in Ohio – at all levels – are under the direction of the latest Ohio Department of Health order signed August 19 by Governor DeWine. The order and additional guidance from the ODH and OHSAA are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Home/OHSAA-COVID-19-Correspondence

Spectator capacity limits will be in place for the OHSAA football playoffs for each game. Details will be announced soon.

Paint Valley Pulls Away From Unioto in 55-29 Win

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Paint Valley’s Tramel Byrd (15) rushed for 167 yards in the Bearcats’ 55-29 win at Unioto. photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Tramel Byrd and Cavin Cooper combined for three 3rd quarter touchdowns to power Paint Valley to a 55-29 win at Unioto Friday.

Byrd had 13 lugs for 167 yards to lead the Bearcat attack, which rushed for 365 yards.

The Shermans took the opening drive and scored on a Lucas Hanes field goal to take the early 3-0 lead on homecoming night. Paint Valley answered when Cooper found Beau Blankenship on a TD pass to close out the 1st quarter with a 7-3 margin.

Cordell Grubb rumbled 58 yards for a score and followed with a TD catch from Cooper to put the Bearcats ahead 21-3.

Unioto closed the gap to 21-9 just before halftime on Isaac Little’s pass to Byrd Green with 8.9 seconds left in the half. But Paint Valley came out of the intermission hitting on all cylinders.

Byrd capped a drive to start the second half with the first of his two TDs in the 3rd, a 20-yard run to give the Bearcats a 27-9 lead less than a minute into the quarter.

Unioto answered with a 42yard strike from Little to Maddox Fox to give the Shermans some life. However, the Bearcats had other plans. Cooper picked off a pass for and returned it for a touchdown and Byrd slipped away on a 67-yard run to the Shermans’ five-yard line and then punched it in on the next play to boost the Paint Valley lead to 41-15.

Cooper added touchdown runs of 30 and 40 yards the 4th quarter to put the game out of reach.

The Shermans Newton Hoops hit Fox on a 30-yard TD pass and Cameron Lohnes had a TD run to close out the scoring for the night. 55-29 the final.

Paint Valley improves to 3-1 and Unioto slips to 2-2. The Bearcats will host Zane Trace next Friday. Zane Trace earned a 36-22 win over Southeastern who will head to Unioto next week.

Unioto’s Maddox Fox races toward the end zone just before halftime to cut Paint Valley’s lead to 21-9. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media
Hear what Coaches Corey Dye and Matt Hoops had to say after the game