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Scott Springer with a look at some of the bigger Tri-State high school games Oct. 27
The Enquirer/Scott Springer

Of the 224 high school football teams across the state of Ohio that found they’d earned a playoff berth late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, only a little more than 20 of those are Cincinnati-area local schools. 

Much of what was revealed was expected and predicted by pundits statewide, but there were some surprises. 

More: How Elder missed the Ohio high school football playoffs

Most notably, Elder and Edgewood. The Panthers (6-4) wound up No. 9 in Division I, Region 4, after Cleveland St. Ignatius beat Lakewood St. Edward which gave Moeller (4-6) a boost to No. 7 and Fairfield (6-4) held on for the eighth and final spot. Though Moeller won just one of their last six games, the victory came over then-No. 1 St. Ignatius leading to major points.  That was the only loss of the season for the Cleveland powerhouse who took down St. Xavier and St. Edward in the final two Fridays.

Elder fans may long remember the name of La Salle’s Luke Thiemann.  Thiemann’s goal-line interception as time expired gave the Lancers the 13-7 win over the Panthers Friday night.  Despite winning three of their final four, including victories over Moeller and Winton Woods, Elder finishes ninth behind Fairfield at 17.3500 to 17.3395 in the finals OHSAA tally computed by JoeEitel.com. 

West Clermont (7-3) made the playoffs in its first season thanks to a massive win in Week 10 over Milford (8-2), a team making its first playoff appearance in about three decades. The Wolves were ninth in the ratings coming in and also come away with a share of the ECC title.  In their first year of competition, West Clermont shares the league crown with Anderson and Milford.

In Division II, Region 8, Edgewood (8-2), the outright Southwest Ohio Conference champion, missed the mark at No. 9, while La Salle, Winton Woods, Anderson and Harrison all advanced.   The Lancers, Warriors, and Redskins all will host opening round games.

Division III is represented by Alter, Franklin, Goshen and New Richmond. Division IV is loaded with Wyoming, Taft, Clinton-Massie and Indian Hill.   New Richmond surged from 10th to sixth in DIII with their final game rout of previously undefeated Goshen 51-14.  McNicholas defeated Badin to finish 6-4 but finished just out of the running in DIII at ninth.  In Division IV, the Wyoming Cowboys finished 10-0 to grab the No. 2 seed in the region behind Germantown Valley View, but ahead of No. 3 Taft.

Reading, CHCA and Bethel-Tate all made the Division V field.  CHCA is the highest local seed at No. 3, despite playing one less game (7-2).  Bethel-Tate finished No. 4 with their best season ever at 10-0.  Reading’s 7-3 mark gave them the final DV spot.

First-round playoff schedules (all games are Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.) 

DIVISION I, REGION 4

8. Fairfield (6-4) at 1. St. Xavier (9-1)

5. Milford (8-2) at 4. Sycamore (8-2) 

6. West Clermont (7-3) at Mason (8-2)

7. Moeller (4-6) at 2. Colerain (8-2) 

DIVISION II, REGION 8

8. Harrison (8-2) at 1. La Salle (8-2) 

5. Belmont (9-0) at 4. Sidney (9-1) 

6. Troy (8-2) at 3. Anderson (9-1)

7. Chillicothe (8-2) at 2. Winton Woods (9-1)

DIVISION III, REGION 12

8. Elida (8-2) at 1. Trotwood-Madison (10-0)

5. Dunbar (7-3) at 4. Goshen (9-1)

6. New Richmond (8-2) at 3. Franklin (8-2) 

7. Chaminade Julienne (7-3) at 2. Alter (9-1)

DIVISION IV, REGION 16

8. Waverly (7-3) at 1. Valley View (10-0) 

5. Jonathan Alder (8-2) at 4. Clinton-Massie (9-1)

6. Indian Hill (8-2) at 3. Taft (8-2)

7. London (8-2) at 2. Wyoming (10-0) 

DIVISION V, REGION 20

8. Reading (7-3) at 1. Miami East (9-1)

5. West Jefferson (9-0) at 4. Bethel-Tate (10-0)

6. Greeneview (10-0) at 3. CHCA (7-2)

7. Anna (7-3) at 2. Madison Senior (8-2)

No local teams advanced in Divisions VI and VII.