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There are seven divisions, each comprised of four regions. The top eight teams with the most Harbin computer points qualified for the playoffs and the top four seeds host first-round games. For the first time, all playoff games will be held on Fridays through the Week 14 state semifinals. The state championships will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.
Most teams knew of their playoff fate following the end of the regular season this past weekend. Springfield (6-4) was knocked out of D-I, Region 3 playoff contention after falling 7-3 at Fairmont in Week 10. Springfield was the only Clark County rep in last year’s playoffs and Kenton Ridge the only county qualifier in 2015.
Greeneview is a No. 6 seed and is at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (7-2) in the D-V, Region 20 first round. Last season the Rams lost to eventual D-V state runner-up Coldwater in a regional semifinal. This is the fourth straight playoff appearance for the Rams.
Mechanicsburg, also seeded No. 6, opens D-VI, Region 24 play at Spencerville (8-2). Mechanicsburg lost only to Greeneview, 17-14, and at West Jefferson, 28-0, which also went 10-0. This is the 14th season the Indians have advanced to the postseason, all since 1999. Mechanicsburg has a streak of five straight playoff teams. Last season Mechanicsburg lost 26-15 to eventual D-VI state champ Marion Local in a regional final.
Bellefontaine has won eight straight games and lost only to Sidney, 42-33. The Chieftains are a No. 1 seed and will host Granville (8-2) in the D-III, Region 11 first round. Indian Lake (7-3) is a No. 6 seed as is at Archbold (8-2) in a D-V, Region 18 opener.
CBC newcomer Jonathan Alder (8-2) also qualified. The Pioneers are at Clinton-Massie (9-1) in a D-IV, Region 16 opener. West Liberty-Salem (8-2), also of the OHC, was No. 10 in D-VI, Region 24.
All Friday games will start at 7:30 p.m.
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