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WEEKEND WRAP: Nine Ohio Teams Prepping for Postseason

St. Clairsville tops in Region 15 hunt

October 30, 2012
By JOSH STROPE - Staff Writer ( , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The Ohio playoffs begin this week with the Ohio Valley having nine teams headed to the postseason and three playing host to games next week.

St. Clairsville was the only local squad to earn a No. 1 seed. The explosive Red Devils have been the most impressive team in the Ohio Valley this season and many are predicting them to escape the region and reach the final four in Division IV.

But there is nothing like starting off the playoffs facing a rival, meaning Coach Brett McLean's team will be tested right away.

Harrison Central (7-3) earned the final spot in Region 15 and gets the chance to hand St. Clairsville it's first loss this season. But Coach Justin Kropka's squad knows that won't be an easy task. The Red Devils defeated the Huskies, 42-6, on Sept. 21.

Shadyside completed the second perfect season in school history with a 35-0 blanking of Barnesville last Friday. Coach Mark Holenka's Tigers earned the No. 4 seed and play host to Berlin Center Western Reserve (8-2) in the Division VI, Region 21 playoffs.

Steubenville Catholic returns to the playoffs for the first time in a couple of years as the No. 8 seed and travels to Mogadore.

It's been an interesting season for Steubenville but Big Red (8-2) is back in the playoffs.

Coach Reno Saccoccia's squad is the No. 3 seed and welcomes Maysville to Harding Stadium.

Indian Creek lost just once - to St. Clairsville - but the Redskins still find themselves as the No. 7 seed with a tough trip to West Holmes.

A potent offense led by quarterback Alex Young and a stingy defense has Coach Andrew Connor's squad in the Region 11 playoffs for the second straight season.

Bellaire (8-2) secured its spot with a thrilling overtime victory against Martins Ferry, that also eliminated their rivals from contention.

The Big Reds, making the playoffs for the first time in Coach Jose Davis' tenure and first time since former coach John Magistro resigned, are the No. 6 seed in Region 17 and hit the road to face Cuyahoga Heights.

The No. 8 seed is Fort Frye, which takes on top seed Kirkland.

River (7-3) squeaked into the Region 23 field following Saturday's victory against Frontier and will take on Danville (9-1).

Ground Gainers

Aerial Attack

Good Hands Team

Mr. Everything

Wrecking Crew

(Weekend wrap only includes teams that called or emailed their stats on Sunday).

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