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Area teams jockey for playoff berths

Fandy.com Staff • Oct 20, 2010 at 9:22 AM

With two weeks remaining, five area teams are in line for playoff spots, and two others are on the cusp as the Ohio High School Athletic Association released it's weekly football computer rankings Tuesday afternoon.

Entering Week 9, Clyde (7-1), Oak Harbor (6-2), Huron (6-2), Western Reserve (8-0) and St. Paul (6-2) are all in the top eight of their respective regions while Sandusky (5-3) and Monroeville (6-2) are on the outside looking in.

In Division II Region 6, the Blue Streaks moved from 11th to ninth place with 10.8617 points, just .0630 away from eighth place Olmsted Falls. Sandusky hosts Division III Napoleon (6-2) Friday and travels to Division I Fremont Ross (7-1) in Week 10. A pair of wins would all but assure the Streaks their first playoff game in 20 years.

In Division III Region 10, the Fliers fell from second to third with 15.7875 points after last week's loss at Perkins, while the Rockets fell from third to fourth with 14.1000 points after last week's loss to Huron.

Both teams meet Friday in Clyde. A win for either team would likely assure a first round home game.

In Division IV Region 14, the Tigers made a resounding jump from 11th to sixth place with 10.3625 points after the win over Oak Harbor. Should Huron beat Margaretta (4-4) and Port Clinton (5-3) to end the season, it will make a 14th playoff appearance, including an eighth trip since 2000.

In Division V Region 18, the unbeaten Roughriders continue to hold down the top spot with 18.1750 points. The Riders have clinched a playoff spot and a first-ever home game in the first round, and will finish no worse than second in the region provided it closes the year with wins over New London (1-7) and Mapleton (0-8).

In Division VI Region 21, the Flyers jumped from ninth to seventh with 9.0750 points, thanks to a generous portion of secondary points from Huron's win over Oak Harbor.

The Eagles fell from eighth to ninth with 8.8375 points due to no secondary points from beating winless Mapleton.

Although an upset or two within the region could change things, it is shaping up that the winner of St. Paul-Monroeville in Week 10 will likely be a winner is in, loser is out scenario for the playoffs.

St. Paul travels to Plymouth (2-6) Friday while Monroeville hosts South Central (3-5).

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