COLUMBUS -- Survive and advance is the mantra in tournament play, and four area football teams did just that this past weekend.
On Sunday, the Ohio High School Athletics Association rewarded Mansfield Senior, Shelby, Lucas and Hillsdale with their respective second-round assignments.
For the Tygers (10-1), they will return to the site of their only loss this season, at Follis Field in Wooster to battle Parma Heights Holy Name (9-2) in the Division III, Region 10 semifinal on Friday at 7 p.m.
Second-seeded Senior High advanced by shutting out Bay Village 28-0 on Friday night at Arlin Field. Sixth-seeded Parma Heights Holy Name upset No. 3 seed Tiffin Columbian 14-7 to earn its place in the Sweet 16.
The Tygers' only loss of the year came in a last-minute, 18-17 decision to the Generals on Oct. 18. The Mansfield Senior-Parma Heights Holy Name victor challenges the Norwalk-Sandusky winner in the regional title tilt. The Tygers have already beaten both the top-seeded Truckers (9-2) and fifth-seeded Blue Streaks (8-3) earlier this season.
In Division IV, Region 14, fourth-seeded Shelby (8-3) tangles with No. 8-seed Clyde (7-4) on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Tiffin's Frost-Kalnow Stadium. Shelby grabbed its spot in the regional semifinal by overcoming a deficit to handle Edison 31-21 at Skiles Field.
The Flyers are the Cinderella story of the region, going on the road to stun top-seeded LaGrange Keystone 28-20 on Saturday night. The Shelby-Clyde survivor faces the winner of second-seed Wauseon (9-2) and No. 5-seed Ottawa-Glandorf (8-3), who meet in the other regional semifinal.
Lucas withstood 100 yards in penalties to subdue McDonald 21-20 in overtime on Saturday night and moved into the Division VII Region 25 semifnals against No. 7-seed Lousville St. Thomas Aquinas (7-3). Aquinas knocked off third-seeded Toronto 35-0 on Saturday night.
The Cubs face the Saints on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Canal Fulton Northwest High School. Top-seeded Cuyahoga Heights (9-1) and fifth-seeded Warrent JFK (8-3) duel in the other semifinal at Ravenna.
In the Division VI, Region 22 semifinal, No. 5-seed Hillsdale (8-3) challenges eight-seeded Carey (6-5) on Friday at 7 p.m. at Willard High School. The Falcons upset Northmor 25-21 last week, while the Blue Devils shocked No. 1-seed Western Reserve 50-41 in a wild shootout.
No. 2-Seneca East (10-1) plays No. 3 seed East Knox (11-0) in the other semifinal.
All second-round playoff sites will feature presale online ticketing at https://www.ohsaa.org/tickets. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as participating schools keep a portion of presale ticket revenue.
Noting the Regional Semifinals
The direct link to the second-round notes packet is: https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/Sports/Football/2019/2019FBRelease2.pdf
Playoff brackets and the OHSAA’s weekly playoff notes packet are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2019/2019-OHSAA-Football-State-Playoffs-Coverage
The field of 224 playoff qualifiers has been trimmed in half as 112 schools have advanced to this week’s regional semifinals. Last weekend in the first round, higher seeds (host schools) went 85-27 and five No. 8 seeds won at the No. 1 seed in their region (see later note). No. 1 seeds went 23-5, No. 2 seeds went 23-5, No. 3 seeds went 19-9 and No. 4 seeds went 20-8. Five No. 8 seeds won, including Kettering Archbishop Alter (Div. III, R12), Clyde (Div. IV, R14), Carey (Div. VI, R22), Sherwood Fairview (Div. VI, R23) and New Bremen (Div. VII, R28).
The highest ranked team to fall in the first round was Clarksville Clinton-Massie in Division IV, which was ranked No. 3 in the final poll but fell to Germantown Valley View, 42-28. In Division IV, four of the state’s Top 10-ranked teams bowed out of the playoffs.
In the first round, five schools won the first playoff game in their school’s history, including Streetsboro (Div. III), Wintersville Indian Creek (Div. IV), Cuyahoga Falls CVCA (Div. IV), Cincinnati Taft (Div. V) and Lima Perry (Div. VII).