Mechanicsburg huddles after a victory against Kenton Ridge on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at Mechanicsburg. David Jablonski/Staff

Mechanicsburg, West Liberty face teams looking for first playoff wins

Indians and Tigers have combined to make 28 playoff appearances

Two of the five high school football teams in Champaign County qualified for the state playoffs. Mechanicsburg and West Liberty-Salem both face opponents that have never won a playoff game.

» PLAYOFFS: First-round schedule

Here’s a quick glance at their first-round games.

Division VI, Region 24

Who: No. 6 seed Mechanicsburg (8-2) at No. 3 seed Frankfort Adena (8-2).

When: 7 p.m. Friday.

Playoff history: Mechanicsburg is making its 16th playoff appearance and seventh in a row. It is 14-15 overall and reached the state semifinals in 2013. Frankfort is making its sixth appearance and second in a row. It has never won a playoff game.

Notes: Mechanicsburg will travel 57 miles southeast for this game. … Mechanicsburg’s Chayse Propst ranked second in the Ohio Heritage Conference with 106.4 rushing yards per game and led the league with 11.5 yards per carry. … Mechanicsburg lost only to two playoff teams: 30-22 at home to West Jefferson in Week 6 and 35-15 at West Liberty-Salem in Week 10. Adena also lost to two playoff teams: 21-14 at home to Paint Valley in Week 4 and 66-37 at home to Chillicothe Southeastern in Week 10.

Looking ahead: The winner plays No. 2 seed Bainbridge Paint Valley (8-2) or No. 7 seed Grandview Heights (6-4) in the second round at a neutral site on Nov. 15.

Division V, Region 20

Who: No. 5 seed Cincinnati Madeira (8-2) at No. 4 seed West Liberty-Salem (9-1).

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.

» STATE POLL: Final ranking after Week 10

Playoff history: This will be the 12th playoff appearance for West Liberty-Salem and first since 2016. It is 9-11 in the postseason. Madeira earned its 11th playoff berth and second in a row. It is 0-10 in the playoffs.

Summary: Madeira will travel 95 miles north for this game. … West Liberty-Salem quarterback Trevor Woodruff ranked second in the OHC in passing yards (209.8 yards per game) and threw 25 touchdown passes. Holden Nease ranked fifth in rushing yards per game (95.1) and scored 12 touchdowns.

Looking ahead: The winner plays No. 1 seed Cincinnati Taft (9-1) or No. 8 seed Blanchester (6-4) in the second round at a neutral site on Nov. 16.

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