Upper Arlington football team

The Upper Arlington football team celebrates its 21-14 triple overtime victory over Pickerington Central in the regional championship game.

COLUMBUS – Twenty-eight football regional champions have been crowned and now advance to the Ohio High School Athletic Association state semifinals -- with one of those games taking place Friday night at Mansfield's Arlin Field.

In the Division I state semifinal, Upper Arlington (14-0) will be the home team and face Lakewood St. Edward (12-1) at Mansfield's Arlin Field.

The Golden Bears beat Pickerington Central 21-14 in triple overtime last week to reach the Final Four. The Eagles stopped Medina 41-6 in their regional final.

Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. and the winner heads to the state championship game next weekend in Canton.

Once there they will face the survivor of Springfield (12-1) vs. Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (11-3). That contest takes place at Sidney Memorial Stadium, also on Friday night.

Divisions I, II, III and IV play on Friday night, while Divisions V, VI and VII play on Saturday night. All playoff games kick off at 7 p.m. 

The winners this weekend will move on to the state championship game Dec. 2 to 4 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton. One game will be played Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., followed by three games each on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and 4, at 10:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

After the regional tournaments followed bracket format during the first four rounds, the state semifinal pairings are based on geography of the participating schools.

Regional seeds, state rank, won-lost records and playoff histories do not factor into how the OHSAA determines the state semifinal matchups.

OHSAA Football Playoffs – State Semifinal Pairings

All games kick off at 7 p.m. Home team listed first.

Division I

State Semifinals– Friday, Nov. 26

Springfield (12-1) vs. Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (11-3) at Sidney Memorial Stadium

Upper Arlington (14-0) vs. Lakewood St. Edward (12-1) at Mansfield Arlin Field

State Championship Game: Friday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton

Division II

State Semifinals – Friday, Nov. 26

Cincinnati Winton Woods (11-3) vs. Uniontown Green (11-3) at Westerville Central Warhawk Field

Avon (12-2) vs. Akron Archbishop Hoban (10-3) at Parma Byers Field

State Championship Game: Thursday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m. at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton

Division III

State Semifinals – Friday, Nov. 26

Hamilton Badin (13-0) vs. Granville (13-0) at London Bowlus Field

Chardon (14-0) vs. Millersburg West Holmes (14-0) at Twinsburg Tiger Stadium

State Championship Game: Friday, Dec. 3, 3 p.m. at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton

Division IV

State Semifinals – Friday, Nov. 26

Carroll Bloom-Carroll (14-0) vs. Clarksville Clinton-Massie (12-1) at Jonathan Alder Performance Stadium at Volunteer Field

Youngstown Ursuline (10-3) vs. Port Clinton (13-1) at Euclid Community Stadium

State Championship Game: Friday, Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m. at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton

Division V

State Semifinals – Saturday, Nov. 27

Canal Winchester Harvest Prep (10-2) vs. Versailles (13-1) at London Bowlus Field

Ottawa-Glandorf (11-3) vs. Kirtland (13-0) at Clyde Joe and Sharon Wilson Field

State Championship Game: Saturday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton

Division VI

State Semifinals – Saturday, Nov. 27

Coldwater (12-2) vs. West Jefferson (13-1) at Piqua Alexander Stadium

Carey (13-1) vs. New Middletown Springfield (13-1) at Euclid Community Stadium

State Championship Game: Saturday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m. at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton

Division VII

State Semifinals – Saturday, Nov. 27

Newark Catholic (13-1) vs. Warren John F Kennedy (10-2) at Marlington Stadium

Maria Stein Marion Local (14-0) vs. Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (13-1) at Lima Spartan Stadium

State Championship Game: Saturday, Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m. at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton

State Title Game Schedule

Thursday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m. – Division II

Friday, Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m. – Division IV

Friday, Dec. 3, 3 p.m. – Division III

Friday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. – Division I

Saturday, Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m. – Division VII

Saturday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m. – Division VI

Saturday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. – Division V

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