If Shawnee is to continue its recent run of deep high school football postseason runs, the Braves will have overcome one of the hottest playoff teams in the state — Trotwood-Madison.
Shawnee (10-1) joins three Ohio Heritage Conference teams — Mechanicsburg (9-2), West Liberty-Salem (9-2) and Triad (11-0) — as first-round playoff winners this past weekend. This week’s second-round games, all regional semifinals, shift to neutral sites, which the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced on Sunday.
Kenton Ridge, Urbana and Cedarville all were defeated in first-round play.
Shawnee advanced by overcoming Wapakoneta 41-34 in overtime in a Division III, Region 10 first-round game. Next up for the Braves is Trotwood (8-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium. Trotwood, a multiple Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division champion, advanced by flattening Franklin, 42-7.
Trotwood has played in three straight D-II state title games and won the 2011 state championship.
OHC foes Mechanicsburg and WLS comprise half of the D-VI, Region 22 field. Mechanicsburg will play top-seeded Miami East (10-1) of the Cross County Conference at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium, also at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Mechanicsburg advanced by crushing National Trail 50-13. East beat CCC rival Tri-County North 38-14.
WLS will play Summit Country Day (9-2) at 7:30 Friday at Kettering’s Roush Stadium. The Tigers dodged Williamsburg 27-20 and SCD hammered Country Day 55-28.
Triad, the third of the OHC trio and the league champion, is one of three perfect 11-0 teams remaining in the D-VII, Region 26 field. The Cardinals defeated OHC rival Cedarville 28-7 Saturday night. That earned Triad a second-round game with Lehman Catholic (10-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wapakoneta’s Harmon Field. Lehman, an independent, blasted Bainbridge Paint Valley 44-9 in its opener.
All second-round winners advance to next week’s regional finals.