HOW THE SEEDS FARED:
In round one, 23 out of 24 No. 1 seeds advanced to the second round. Versailles was the only eight seed to advance, topping No. 1 seed West Liberty-Salem. 16 of 24 #2 seeds advanced, meaning eight #7 seeds advanced to round two. 13 of 24 #3 seeds advanced, meaning eight #6 seeds advanced. 11 of 24 #4 seeds advanced against #5 seeds in round one.
In round two, 16 of the 23 remaining No. 1 seeds advanced to the third round. Ten of the 16 remaining #2 seeds advanced. Eight of the remaining 13 #3 seeds advanced. Two of the remaining 11 #4 seeds advanced. Six of the remaining 13 #5 seeds advanced. Three of the remaining eight #6 seeds advanced. Three of the remaining eight #7 seeds advanced. Versailles the only eight-seed to advance to round two was defeated by Coldwater.
WELCOME TO THE POSTSEASON:
Eight schools made their first appearances in the OHSAA football playoffs. Div. I: Cleveland Heights (Region 1), Westerville Central (Region 3), and Cincinnati Walnut Hills (Region 4). Div. III: Oberlin Firelands (Region 9) and Dayton Thurgood Marshall (Region 12). Div. IV: Gnadenhutten Indian Valley (Region 15). Div. VI: Youngstown Christian (Region 21) and Arcadia (Region 22).
Dayton Thurgood Marshall and Youngstown Christian were the only two newcomers to advance to the second round. In doing so, the schools picked up their first OHSAA playoff victory. Both schools were defeated in the second round leaving no newcomers left in the 2011 football playoffs.
The number of first-time participants since 2000 by year include eight in 2011, six in 2010, 14 in 2009, 12 in 2008, 14 in 2007, 10 in 2006, 12 in 2005, 16 in 2004, 12 in 2003, 21 in 2002, 17 in 2001 and 26 in 2000.
NINE SCHOOLS PICK UP FIRST PLAYOFF WIN:
In addition to the eight schools that made their first playoff appearances, there were a total of 34 schools in the 192-school playoff field looking for their first victory in the playoffs. Nine of those schools searching for their first OHSAA playoff victory advanced to the regional semifinals and claimed that fi rst playoff win. Those schools are Ashland Crestview, Dayton Thurgood Marshall, East Cleveland Shaw, Kent Roosevelt, Minerva, Ravenna, Sugarcreek Garaway, Youngstown Christian and Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans.
None of the nine schools that collected their first playoff win in round one advanced out of round two to the regional finals.
GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK:
Four schools returned to the playoffs after suffering long droughts: Sugarcreek Garaway (1994), Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (1988), Wintersville Indian Creek (1996) and The Plains Athens (1990).
Sugarcreek Garaway and Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas who had advanced to round two were defeated in their regional semifinal game.
NOTING THE UNDEFEATED:
The 2011 regular season ended with 36 unbeaten teams after 10 weeks. Five undefeated teams came out of Region 12 in Division III. One undefeated team finished sixth in its region, Ashland Crestview (Region 19), one finished seventh, Jackson (Region 12) and one finished eighth, Oberlin Firelands (Region 9). The last undefeated team to miss the playoffs was Newcomerstown in 2001.
After round one, 23 undefeated teams advanced. Round two featured three games of undefeated teams matching up. In Region 12 Jackson (11-0) takes on Plain City Jonathan Alder (11-0), Region 14, Pemberville Eastwood (11-0) faces Columbus Bishop Hartley (10-0) and in Region 19 Lucasville Valley (11-0) takes on Ashland Crestview (11-0).
Fifteen of the 23 undefeated teams from round two advanced to play in a regional final. There are four matchups of undefeated teams in round three. In Region 8 Trotwoood Madison (12-0) faces Kings Mills King (12-0) in a rematch of last years regional fi nal. In Region 12 Springfield Shawnee (12-0) takes on Plain City Jonathan Alder (12-0). In Region 14 Kenton (12-0) faces 2010 state champion Columbus Bishop Hartley (11-0) and in Region 19 Bucyrus Wynford (12-0) takes on Lucasville Valley (12-0).
DEFENDING STATE CHAMPIONS:
Four of the six defending state champions were back to defend their title. Those four schools are Lakewood St. Edward (7-3) in Division I, Maple Heights (8-1) in Division II, Columbus Bishop Hartley (9-0) in Division IV, and Delphos St. Johnís (7-3) in Division VI. In Div. III Columbus Bishop Watterson (3-6) finished 13th in Region 10 and in Div. V Youngstown Ursuline (4-6) finished 10th in Region 17.
Three of the four returning champions advanced in round one. Defending Division II champion Maple Heights did not advance after being defeated 22-12 by East Cleveland Shaw.
After two rounds only two champions from 2010 remain in the playoffs. Lakewood St. Edward was defeated by Cleveland St. Ignatius, 20-17, in its regional semifinal.
In its Division V first round game, Marion Pleasant defeated Cincinnati Summit Country Day 79-7. The 79 points the Spartans scored is an OHSAA playoff record for all divisions. The previous mark was set by Delphos St. Johnís in the 2010 Division VI championship game, when the Blue Jays defeated Shadyside 77-6.
The Spartans lost in their regional semifinal game, 49-42, to West Jefferson.
Total attendance for the OHSAA football tournaments has been over 7.6 million in the last 12 years. In 2010 the total tournament attendance (186 games) was 483,179 for an average of 2,598 per game. The state finals (six games) attendance total was 35,783 for an average of 5,964 per game.
Columbus St. Francis DeSales holds the longest active streak of consecutive years making the playoffs. The Stallions are making their 18th straight appearance this year after finishing first in Region 10 with a 6-3 record. The longest streak of consecutive years making the playoffs ever is 22 years by Cleveland St. Ignatius. This streak started in 1988 and was broken in 2010 when the Wildcats failed to qualify for the playoffs.
There are 10 schools that have at least 20 appearances in the OHSAA football tournaments. Div. I: Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (30), Cleveland St. Ignatius (23) and Canton McKinley (20). Div. III: Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (25), Steubenville (24) and Columbus St. Francis DeSales (22). Div. IV: Ironton (29) and Orrville (22). Div. V: Wheelersburg (23). Div. VI: Mogadore (25).
MOST TOURNAMENT WINS:
Entering the 2011 playoffs there are 21 schools that have at least 30 OHSAA tournament victories. Kettering Archbishop Alter, Youngstown Ursuline and Cincinnati St. Xavier achieved the 30-win mark during the 2010 tournament. Newark Catholic leads the state with 62 playoff wins. Rounding out the top six are Cleveland St. Ignatius (56), Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (52), Columbus St. Francis DeSales (47), Mogadore (46) and Steubenville (45). Versailles is seventh with 43 wins, which is corrected from previously being listed with 45.
WEEK 10 MOVERS:
As usual, there were a number of playoff spots decided during the final weekend of the regular-season. The following schools were not in the top 8 in their region at the end of week 9 but gained a playoff berth with a win in week 10: Whitehouse Anthony Wayne, Mason, Centerville, Chesterland West Geauga, East Cleveland Shaw, Tiffin Columbian, Columbus Brookhaven, Harrison, Hamilton Ross, Cincinnati Taft, Louisville St. Thomas Aqunias, Columbiana, Cincinnati Summit Country Day, Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Glouster Trimble and Lockland.
Several schools also were ranked in the top eight after week nine but still got bumped from the playoffs despite their week 10 win: Avon Lake (Region 2), Cincinnati LaSalle (Region 4), Mount Healthy (Region 8), New Richmond (Region 12), Southern (Region 17) and Waynesfield-Goshen (Region 24).
ALL-TIME TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS:
There are nine schools with four or more OHSAA football championships. Cleveland St. Ignatius has 10, Newark Catholic (8), Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (7), Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (7), Cleveland Benedictine (6), St. Henry (6), Versailles (6), Delphos St. Johnís (6), Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (4), Maria Stein Marion Local (4) and Youngstown Ursuline (4).
Eighty-seven additional schools have won at least one or more state football championships. Thirteen percent of all football-playing schools in Ohio have won a state championship.
CONSECUTIVE STATE TITLES:
Cleveland St. Ignatius holds the mark for most consecutive state championships with five. The Wildcats won the state title from 1991-1995. Newark Catholic won four titles in a row from 1984-1987. Four other schools have won three consecutive titles; Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (1975-77), Delphos St. Johnís (1997-99), Versailles (1993-95) and Youngstown Ursuline (2008-10).
STADIUMS TOP THE LIST:
Canton Fawcett Stadium and Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium were named No. 1 and 10, respectively, among the nationís best high school football stadiums, as voted by ESPN.com in 2009.
Massillonís Paul Brown Tiger Stadium was also recently named a ďFamous High School VenueĒ by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
FINALS ON STO:
SportsTime Ohio and Time Warner Cable will provide exclusive coverage of the state football finals from Canton and Massillon. The companies will also televise up to eight regional and state semifinal contests during the first four rounds of the OHSAA tournaments. STO/TWC have the exclusive first right of refusal to select contests each round of the tournaments to air on either a live or tape-delayed basis. Other networks will have the opportunity to televise other regional or state semifinal contests not selected by STO/TWC on a tape-delayed basis only. STOís partnership with Time Warner Cable was forged to deliver OHSAA programming to over 3.1 million homes statewide.
OHSAA RADIO NETWORK:
The OHSAA Radio Network will carry all six football championship games. Stations have the opportunity to opt into one of two programs in conjunction with the OHSAA Radio Network that will result in a reduction or waiver of broadcast rights fees for football playoff games. For more information visit the OHSAA Radio Network home by going to OHSAA.org under News & Media or contacting Tim Stried, Director of Information Services at email@example.com