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Shawnee draws Trotwood in second round

OHC trio draws tough playoff foes.

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.

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