MANSFIELD — Mansfield Senior may have suffered its first loss of the season, but the Tygers are still in good standing as the postseason picture begins to take focus.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the first of its official weekly computer ratings Tuesday afternoon and the Tygers (3-1) are third in Division III, Region 10 with 7.225 points. Undefeated West Holmes, which edged Senior High 20-17 last week at Arlin Field, sits atop Region 10 with 9.275 points.
Lexington (2-2) is 10th in Region 10 with 3.8 points.
The top 16 teams in each region qualify for the postseason after the OHSAA voted to expand the playoffs last April. In the past only the top eight teams in each region qualified.
In Region 14 of Division IV, Galion (3-1) is in fifth place with 6.275 points. Shelby (3-1) is ninth with 5.5306 points while Clear Fork (2-2) is 11th with 4.325.
Wynford (2-2) is the area’s lone Division V team and the Royals are 13th in Region 18 with 3.075 points.
Undefeated Crestview (4-0) is second in Division VI, Region 22. The Cougars, who knocked off previously unbeaten Western Reserve last week in the Firelands Conference opener, have 6.775 points and trail only Archbold (8.025) in the regional rankings. Colonel Crawford (3-1) is 10th with 4.425 points.
In Region 21 of Division VI, Hillsdale (2-2) moved up to 12th after last week’s win over Rittman in the Wayne County Athletic League opener. The Falcons have 2.9 points.
Undefeated Lucas (4-0) sits atop the Division VII, Region 25 rankings with 6.575 points. Plymouth (3-1) is sixth with 4.25 points.
According to statistics provided by the OHSAA, there are 708 football-playing schools this fall and they are divided into seven enrollment divisions. Each enrollment division is split into four geographic regions.
Of the 708 teams, 448 (about 63 percent) will qualify for the playoffs. The OHSAA will release its final regional ratings on Oct. 24. The playoffs will begin the following week with the championship games in each of the seven divisions scheduled for Dec. 2 to 4 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.