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8 area teams still contending for playoffs

Fandy.com Staff • Oct 6, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Nearly half the area remains in playoff contention as the second weekly Ohio High School Athletic Association were released Tuesday afternoon.

Eight teams find themselves in the top 10 of their respective regions. The top eight teams from each region will qualify for the playoffs, which begin Nov. 5.

In Division II, Sandusky (4-2) is in 10th place in Region 6, but find themselves just .8702 points behind Cleveland JFK for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Blue Streaks play Findlay (1-5) Friday, but have huge playoff and Greater Buckeye Conference implication games remaining with Napoleon (6-0) and Fremont Ross (5-1) in the final two games of the season.

In Division III, the Clyde Fliers (6-0) are in second and a heavy favorite for another first round home game in Region 10 with 12.2167 points, trailing Columbus DeSales (12.2749). The Oak Harbor Rockets (5-1) are in sixth place with 9.6667 points.

The Rockets have big games remaining against not only Clyde, but two area teams in Division IV, Region 14 in Edison (4-2) and Huron (4-2). The Chargers are in sixth place with 6.7833 points while Huron is eighth with 6.2333 points.

Oak Harbor travels to Edison Friday while hosting the Tigers the following week. The Rockets and Chargers both have trips remaining at Clyde in what could be huge secondary points if either team could knock off the Fliers.

Meanwhile, the Tigers may need to win out to slip in the region's final two spots. Huron has Perkins (1-5), Oak Harbor (5-1), Margaretta (3-3) and Port Clinton (3-3) left on the schedule.

In Division V, the Western Reserve Roughriders (6-0) continue to hold on to the top spot in Region 18 with 11.0667 points, which is 1.2 points ahead of second place Patrick Henry (6-0).

Furthermore, the 'Riders are a full 5.2 points ahead of eighth place Hillsdale, meaning they are essentially a lock to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 1984, provided they can go 2-2 against St. Paul (5-1), Crestview (3-3), New London (0-6) and Mapleton (0-6).

In Division VI, the Flyers sit in sixth place with 7.2667 points while Monroeville (4-2) is in eighth with 6.2667 points. St. Paul could put itself in great standing with a win over Western Friday while it's still too early to tell if the Eagles need to win their four remaining games against Plymouth (2-4), Mapleton (0-6), South Central (2-4) and St. Paul to get in.

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