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Competitive sports need some one to enforce the rules of the game. Hence the need for a referee, judge or umpire to officiate.

The Chillicothe Football Officials Association Chapter is holding a class July 11th at the Chillicothe Transit Building.

Danny Oates, a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame, serves as the Chapter’s Football Rules Interpreter. Oates says the cost for the class is $100 which covers a licensing fee and rule books.

Oates encourages interested persons to visit the OHSAA website to create an account to be included in their local chapter. CLICK HERE

For more details, call 740-649-9614.

Referee Dennis Ray shows the result of a coin toss to Chillicothe’s Logan Snowden during a Frontier Athletic Conference matchup with Miami Trace. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

In 2018, Bob Dehner, who served as an official for more than 30 years in Southern Ohio, wrote about the dwindling number of officials available for competitions in “Unsportsmanlike Conduct”. Bob talks about the need for officials in this interview with Litter Media.

OHSAA Moves State Football Championships From Columbus to Massillon This Weekend

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Due to a new health advisory issued by the Franklin County Department of Health and the Columbus Department of Health Wednesday afternoon that recommends the games not be played in Franklin County, the Ohio High School Athletic Association is moving this weekend’s football state championship games to Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon, which has offered to host all six games. The games were scheduled to be played at Fortress Obetz in southeast Columbus.

The schedule remains the same as announced Wednesday, with games on Friday and Saturday at 1:15 and 6:15 and then Sunday at 12:15 and 5:15. Of note, in the Division II title game, Akron Archbishop Hoban High School has agreed to play Massillon Washington on Massillon’s home field. The OHSAA has now designated Hoban as the home team in the game.

The decision came Thursday morning after discussions with officials at Obetz and Franklin County. The OHSAA met virtually with the 12 finalist schools at 11:30 a.m. to inform them and answer questions.

“Completing this weekend’s state championship games is very important to the schools, student-athletes and communities, so we felt strongly about finding a place to play,” said OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute. “These 12 schools just want to play and we thank them for accepting this change. We would also like to especially thank Massillon Washington High School for stepping up to host, and also Hoban for agreeing to play there.”

Paul Brown Tiger Stadium served as a host of the OHSAA football state championships from 1990 through 2013. 

“This is a big change at the 11th hour, but Massillon Washington can accommodate these games and the number of fans that are permitted to attend,” said Beau Rugg, OHSAA Senior Director of Officiating and Sport Management and the OHSAA’s football administrator. “We are pleased to be playing football this weekend and are excited that these 12 schools will be able to finish their seasons.” 

The Franklin County and Columbus health advisory recommends a pause on all extra-curricular activities for schools and asks all persons to be home by 6 p.m.

“Fortress Obetz was excited to host these games and we appreciate all the work that they put into preparations,” Ute said. 

Football State Championship Games

All games at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. Home team listed first. 

State Championships Coverage: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2020/2020-OHSAA-Football-Playoffs-Coverage

Division VII

Friday, November 20, 1:15 p.m. – New Bremen (9-2) vs. Warren John F. Kennedy (9-2)

Division II

Friday, November 20, 6:15 p.m. – Akron Archbishop Hoban (10-0) vs. Massillon Washington (10-1)

Division V

Saturday, November 21, 1:15 p.m. – Kirtland (10-0) vs. Ironton (11-0)

Division III

Saturday, November 21, 6:15 p.m. – Columbus St. Francis DeSales (9-1) vs. Chardon (11-0)

Division IV

Sunday, November 22, 12:15 p.m. – Van Wert (10-1) vs. Mentor Lake Catholic (8-2)

Division VI

Sunday, November 22, 5:15 p.m. – New Middletown Springfield (11-0) vs. Coldwater (11-0)


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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)


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)


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.


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.


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).


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


Region 8:

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


Region 11:

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

Saturday October 10th


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


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


Region 27:

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

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.


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).


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.


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


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.

Unioto Hosts Paint Valley in Litter Media Game of the Week Friday

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The Litter Media Game of the Week is a Scioto Valley Conference affair as Paint Valley (2-1) heads to Unioto (2-1) Friday night.

The 2020 season is the first time in more than a quarter century Pete Hollon’s been absent from the sidelines in Paint Valley Black-and-Yellow.

Corey Dye is the new man with the whistle for the Bearcats. He says it’s been a pretty smooth transition and the Bainbridge community has been welcoming.

“You always worry about that transition whenever you start a new job” Dye told Litter Media. “You wonder of the kids are gonna accept you right off the bat, but it’s just been really great and I’m blessed to be here.”

Dye has learned a lot about his kids the last three weeks. The summer workouts presented their own brand of uniqueness due to the pandemic restrictions. And once live game action began, the cream began to rises to the top.

“I knew after doing workouts with them, the short time we did get to do workouts, and then we were cut short, of course, for obviously because of COVID… I knew that I had a group of kids that were really tough and resilient” said Dye. “They’ve been able to prove that to me the last three weeks. We played a really good opponent the first week (Adena) and they never gave up.”

Dye says that’s a credit to his predecessor, the assistant coaches who have been part of the PVF tradition before his arrival and the seniors class. “It’s not easy having a new coach, especially going into your last year. The group of kids that I have, have just done a tremendous job of leading this team and I couldn’t be prouder.”

Hollon and the graduating class, went 19-4 their last two seasons, including an SVC Gold Ball in 2018 and a 1-2 record in back-to-back playoff appearances.

“The graduating class that just left here, is probably gonna go down as one of the best classes to come through here in a long time. They were able to put up some unbelievable numbers, stat-wise and won quite a few games in their tenure here.”

Dye says the classes which moved up through the PV chain as juniors and sophomores got valuable experience thanks to the Class of 2020. “They’re basically carrying on the torch and hopefully we can continue to do that.”

Quarterback Cavan Cooper experienced baptism by fire as a freshman when Bryce Newland’s season ended abruptly due to a broken leg.

“The way Cavan was able to step in there last year and the job that he did is really admirable, it’s remarkable because it’s really hard for a freshman to play against a team of seniors, juniors, even sophomores… and he was able to do that at a high level.”  

Unioto has had two thrilling last-moment finishes this season, the opening week at Piketon (44-38) and last Friday at Zane Trace (23-18).

While first year varsity head coach Matt Hoops is happy with the wins, he’d like to see them decided a bit sooner than later. “We knew coming into the season we were going to be really inexperienced in a lot of different spots, but we have a lot of good athletes, we have a lot of kids who are competitive. They’ve put us in position two of our first three games.”

Hoops has been at the helm of the Shermans’ Boys Basketball program for several years and all the while has been a coach in the football program. When Jeff Metzler stepped down after last season, Hoops jumped at the opportunity to fill the vacancy. It was a chance to do something he’d always wanted to do.

Hoops is familiar with the football kids from coaching them at lower levels in the program over the years. And so far, it’s been like putting on a comfortable pair of shoes.

“I know a lot of these guys” said Hops. “Almost everyone on our roster I’ve coached before in some aspect. I’m pretty familiar with a lot of the guys coming in, so that’s helped the transition be as smooth as it could’ve been.”    

His quarterback, Isaac Little also drives the ship for his basketball team. Their positive working relationship in the gym has transferred over to the gridiron also.  

“They asked him to play quarterback last year, something he had never done before” said Hoops. “Obviously the reason they did that was because of just what makes him who he is… a supreme competitor, a really good athlete, a very smart individual, academically on the field and the court. Isaac’s the type of kid you want with the ball in his hands. He’s gonna make plays for ya, and he’s gonna get you out of some bad plays because of his IQ.”

The Bearcats dealt Unioto a 41-7 loss at UHS in 2019. Our Litter Media cameras will return for the rematch Friday. Watch for score updates during the game on the Litter Media Facebook Page, photos and Litter Media Extras over the weekend and a highlight video of the game early next week.

To see the video of the 2019 game, WATCH HERE: https://youtu.be/2Mh9j1Luc-I

To see the video of the 2018 game, WATCH HERE: https://youtu.be/TSRoNHWGMeg

Cartwright Pick-6 Seals Southeastern Win At Huntington

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Southeastern’s Brandon Maldonado snags Huntington’s Darius Brown in the second quarter of the Panthers’ 44-28 victory. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media

RJ Cartwright’s 50-yard interception return snuffed a Huntington rally and secured a 44-28 victory for Southeastern Friday night.

Trailing 36-28, the Huntsmen recovered a Southeastern fumble with under three minutes to play and give Huntington a chance to tie the game. On second down, Nick Marion’s pass slipped through the hands of Alan Smith and Cartwright was in the right spot and returned the ball to the end zone. Mikey Nusser tacked on a two-point conversion for the final.

“Tough people win” said Garrett Blair as his Panthers earned their first win of the season. “You’re gonna hit an edge and we made our own edge a bunch of times… Like I told them (his team) When the goin’ got tough, the tough got goin’. When it counted we made plays and that’s what counts.”

Southeastern jumped ahead 16-0 on touchdown runs by Clay Morgan and Jarrett McWhorter. The Huntsmen answered with a scoring strike by Marion to Darius Brown to cut the lead with 2:33 remaining in the 1st quarter.

McWhorter scored again to give the Panthers a 22-6 lead at the break.

Nusser rolled for a TD run extending the margin to 30-6 before the Huntsmen answered on a Seth McCloskey run and a two-point conversion pulled Huntington back to 30-14.

Southeastern looked to put the game out of reach on an 8-yard run by Nusser for a 36-14 lead at 5:43 of the 3rd quarter. But the Huntsmen weren’t about to go away quietly.

Marion connected again with Brown at 7:39 in the 4th on a 53-yard scoring pass and a two-point conversion cutting the lead to 36-22. Less than two minutes later, Marion hit Emery Woods in stride and Huntington was within a touchdown.

The Huntsmen defense stopped Southeastern to take possession near midfield with just minutes remaining. After an incompletion on first down, Cartwright turned the momentum back to the Panthers with his pick-6.

“I told them after the game, you give us that same type of energy and that same type of passion and play as physical and as smart as you did in the second half, we’re gonna be fine” said Huntington’s Scott Keller. “We made some adjustments and they went out and they executed… in the past, these kids were so young, that game would’ve ended up 50 or 55 to 6 and that woulda been ballgame. But you can tell they’ve matured a lot. They’re growin’ up and starting to understand, starting to see it.”

Southeastern’s rushing attack cranked out 400-plus yards on the ground while the Huntsmen did their damage through the air. Marion completed 20-of-35 passes for 256 yards and three TDs with four interceptions. Woods caught 9 balls for 133 yards and a TD with Brown tallying 74 yards on 4 catches and two touchdowns. Smith had 5 receptions for 42 yards. Dalton Haubeil managed 107 yards on the ground on 12 carries.

Southeastern (1-1) hosts Piketon (0-2) in Week 3. The Redstreaks fell to Paint Valley 56-19 Friday.

Huntington (0-2) is home with Paint Valley (1-1) Friday.

Watch for a highlight package of the Panthers and Huntsmen this Tuesday on the Litter Media YouTube channel.

It was a bit Awkward, But It Was Good to be Back on Field Friday Night

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Logan Elm Interim Athletic Boosters President, Dan Bise welcomes Teays Valley cheerleaders during the weather delay.

It was good to get back to on the gridiron Friday night for the Litter Media Game of the Week… however, it was admittedly different.

Among the observations:

GUIDELINES: Despite the downsizing of fan attendance, it was good to see activity and be back on the sidelines. Everyone in attendance adhered to the guidelines of social distancing and facial coverings. Rows were marked to make separation easy for fans.

The Logan Elm sideline had strategically space folding chairs for players to use along the track instead of a typical bench. Teays Valley plotted markers along their sideline between the 10 yard lines for players to maintain distancing.

WEATHER: En route to Pickaway County, it was hard to discern if small hail or just hard raindrops were hitting the van on the stretch between Adena Medical Center and Route 207. More storms hit later impacting several games across the state. In our case, thunder was detected 1:53 after the opening kick, resulting in a two hour delay. Play resumed at 9:05pm.

THANK YOU to Dan Bise, interim Logan Elm Athletic Boosters president, who invited our cameras to shelter-in-place with the concession crew while the storms rolled through.


The coin toss… no more than one team representative instead of a host of captains to meet at midfield to determine who gained the opening possession.

Teams breaking from their offensive huddles, the center with ball in hand, ready to place it on the marker laid at the line of scrimmage by the officials. It just looks… weird.

Halftime shortened was shortened to 10 minutes from the normal 20-plus minutes.

No bands for the visiting team. There’s something about hearing the fight song played after a team scores a touchdown. It was missing. Teays Valley’s cheerleaders had the fight song on a boom box, but only played it for their routines. Perhaps other visiting teams will bring along a recorded version to fill that void.

Post game handshakes were eliminated. The teams lined up on the hash marks, tipped their caps, waved as the went their respective ways

It was indeed different, but was also good to be back!

NEW VIDEO – LOGAN ELM MARCHING BAND OF PRIDE: The Litter Media cameras fought through the rain to capture the shortened version of the Logan Elm Marching Band’s halftime performance Friday night, August 28th. WATCH HERE: https://youtu.be/yeeuE1ktADU

#LitterMediaGOTW SEPTEMBER 4th: Our Litter Media cameras will be at Huntington as the Huntsmen host the Southeastern Panthers. 

Getting Ready For the OHSAA Football Season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the high school football regular-season set to begin this week, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has provided details and reminders regarding team protocols, game management changes and the new playoff format. 

There were 709 member schools originally planning to play 11-man football in Ohio this fall, but approximately 60 schools have either paused or cancelled football due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On August 18, Governor Mike DeWine asked the OHSAA to create participation opportunity for those schools that don’t play sports this fall, but it is unlikely that additional tournaments would be held in the spring for fall sports.

“Our schools are so excited to get the season started and they are taking ownership of the new safety guidelines so they can have a season,” said Beau Rugg, OHSAA Senior Director of Sport Management and Officiating. “As we saw in the spring, sports can be shut down due to COVID-19 spread, so our schools, coaches and student-athletes want to do everything they can to play as many games this fall as possible. Teams must continue to follow the safety protocols that have been put in place, including wearing a facial covering, staying 6-feet apart and washing their hands.”


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. Read the order & additional ODH/OHSAA guidance

The new ODH order permits contact sports, including the fall sports of field hockey, soccer and football, to move forward with gamesagainst other schools. The Governor confirmed support for Ohio’s coaches to inspire their student-athletes to continue following safety precautions so that all sports can be played. See the full release. 


At the recommendation of the Governor’s Office, the OHSAA announced on August 7 that the season would end earlier than previously scheduled and that every team could enter the playoffs, which will begin October 9-10. The Harbin computer ratings will not be used this season. See the full release  


•  Up to 60 players may dress for games.

•  The team box on the sideline has been extended from the 10-yard line to the opposite 10-yard line so that coaches and players can adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

•  All coaches, players, medical staff, game workers, media and spectators must wear a facial covering at all times, other than the 22 players on the field of play.

•  The OHSAA recommends that halftimes be shortened to 10 minutes (plus three minutes for warm-up) and that team members be kept socially distanced outside their locker room. The host school will determine the specific length of halftime.

•  Timeouts may be extended to two minutes in length

•  Officials will have limited contact with the ball. The players on the offensive team will handle the ball and take it with them to their huddle. The umpire will place an orange bean bag at the spot where the ball will be snapped.

•  Each player should have his/her own water bottle.

•  Players and coaches from the visiting team should not use a locker room, therefore they should arrive already fully or partially dressed in their game uniform.

•  Pregame handshakes (captains and officials) and postgame handshakes lines are not permitted. 


•  Schools must inform the OHSAA of their intention to participate in the playoffs by September 17.

•  New playoff regions will be drawn on September 18. Divisional assignments will not change.

•  Schools may withdraw from the playoffs without penalty until September 24.

•  Playoff regional seeding will be determined by a vote of the coaches in each region during the week of September 28. Depending on the number of teams in each bracket, it is possible that the top seed(s) may have a first-round bye.

•  All playoff contests through the regional semifinals (and possibly the regional finals) will be hosted by the higher seeded team.

•  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. 

•  The number of playoff rounds will be dependent upon the number of schools entering the playoffs in each division. It is expected that the state championship games will be held November 13-14 and/or November 20-21.

•  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).


Spectrum News 1 will continue with its OHSAA Friday Night Lights Game of the Week live telecasts, which includes scholarship contributions to a male and female student-athlete from the host school (or two males if the school is all-male).

On August 4, the OHSAA announced that the host school now makes the decision on all requests for live video of regular-season games, including media. See the full release  


By order of the Ohio Department of Health, only 15 percent of the stadium’s permanent seating capacity may be admitted into the game. Players, coaches, officials, cheerleaders, band members, game workers and media do not count toward that 15 percent capacity.


Governor DeWine has asked the OHSAA to assemble a large team of inspectors who will attend games to ensure that all safety protocols are being followed. The inspectors, which will be paid by the Governor’s Office, will work with the host site’s compliance officer and/or Athletic Director and utilize a checklist of items. The intent of the inspector program is to educate those at the game regarding proper safety protocols, but the OHSAA may enact penalties through Bylaw 11 if necessary.


On May 22, the OHSAA announced that the 2021 season will start a week earlier and the playoffs will be expanded to include 12 teams from each region, and thus span six rounds. The top four seeds in each region will have a first-round bye. See the full release

     Practice Start Date: August 1 (additional details TBA)

     Scrimmage Dates: August 6-14

     Season Begins: Week of August 16

     Regular-Season Ends: Saturday, October 23

     First Round of Playoffs: October 29-30

     Regional Quarterfinals: November 5-6

     Regional Semifinals: November 12-13

     Regional Finals: November 19-20

     State Semifinals: November 26-27

     State Finals: December 2-4

Updated Area High School Football Schedule

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With Governor DeWine’s approval to move ahead with contact sports this fall, here’s a look at the new schedule for area high school football teams after adjusting for the OHSAA’s proposed six game regular season and expanded playoff format.

The playoffs begin October 9th.

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Week 1: August 28th


Adena at Paint Valley

Huntington at Zane Trace

Unioto at Piketon

Westfall at Southeastern


Amanda Clearcreek at Fairfield Union

Teays Valley at Logan Elm 

Hamilton Township at Bloom Carroll


Meigs at Vinton County

Wellston at River Valley


Wheelersburg at Chillicothe

Circleville at Miami Trace

Hillsboro at Western Brown

Jackson at Logan

Eastern Pike at McClain

Washington CH at Minford

Granville at Waverly

Oak Hill at St. Clairsville

Portsmouth Notre Dame at Portsmouth West

Week 2: September 4


Washington CH at Chillicothe

Jackson at McClain

Hillsboro at Miami Trace


Adena at Unioto 

Southeastern at Huntington

Piketon at Paint Valley

Zane Trace at Westfall


Logan Elm at Hamilton Township

Bloom-Carroll at Circleville

Fairfield Union at Teays Valley


Portsmouth West at Waverly

Minford at Wheelersburg

Lucasville Valley at Oak ill

Sciotoville East at Eastern Pike


Vinton County at Athens

Nelsonville-York at Wellston


Logan at Amanda-Clearcreek

Week 3: September 11


Chillicothe at Hillsboro

McClain at Miami Trace

Washington CH at Jackson


Westfall at Adena

Paint Valley at Huntington 

Piketon at Southeastern

Unioto at Zane Trace


Amanda-Clearcreek at Bloom-Carroll

Logan Elm at Circleville

Hamilton Township at Fairfield Union


Oak Hill at Wheelersburg

Portsmouth West at Minford

Eastern Pike at Symmes Valley

Waverly at Lucasville Valley


Vinton County at River Valley

Alexander at Wellston


Bishop Watterson at Teays Valley

Week 4: September 18


Chillicothe at McClain

Hillsboro at Washington CH

Miami Trace at Jackson


Piketon at Adena

Huntington at Westfall

Paint Valley at Unioto

Southeastern at Zane Trace 


Circleville at Amanda-Clearcreek

Fairfield Union at Logan Elm

Teays Valley at Hamilton Township


Wheelersburg at Waverly

Minford at Oak Hill 

Lucasville Valley at Portsmouth West

Portsmouth Notre Dame at Eastern Pike


Nelsonville-York at Vinton County

Wellston at Athens

Week 5: September 25


Miami Trace at Chillicothe 

Hillsboro at Jackson

McClain at Washington CH


Adena at Huntington

Zane Trace at Paint Valley

Westfall at Piketon 

Southeastern at Unioto


Amanda-Clearcreek at Hamilton Township

Bloom-Carroll at Fairfield Union

Circleville at Teays Valley


Waverly at Minford

Lucasville Valley at Wheelersburg

Portsmouth West at Oak Hill

Eastern Pike at Northwest


Alexander at Vinton County

Fort Frye at Wellston


Logan at Logan Elm

Week 6: October 2


Jackson at Chillicothe

McClain at Hillsboro

Miami Trace at Washington CH


Zane Trace at Adena 

Huntington at Piketon

Paint Valley at Southeastern

Unioto at Westfall 


Teays Valley at Amanda-Clearcreek

Logan Elm at Bloom-Carroll

Hamilton Township at Circleville


Oak Hill at Waverly

Wheelersburg at Portsmouth West

Minford at Lucasville Valley

Franklin Furnace Green at Eastern Pike


Vinton County at Wellston