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Eight local teams officially locked into playoff spots

Derrick Webb, Staff Writer

The second season has officially begun and eight local teams will be participating.

Jackson, Waverly, Wheelersburg, Minford, Southeastern, Paint Valley and Adena will all be playing in Week 11.

Quarterback Jared Icenhower and the Jackson Ironmen will host Centennial in Week 11.
CREDIT: Amy Ratcliff/SOSA

Sunday afternoon, the OHSAA will release its first round playoff pairings, officially notifying each team who they’re matched up with.

Barring any last minute changes, here’s a look at where eight local teams stand and who they’ll play.

In Division III, Region 11, Jackson (10-0) is the No. 3 seed and will host Columbus Centennial (9-1) at 7 p.m., Friday. The Stars will come into that matchup with just one win over a team with a winning record.

Waverly (8-2) is also a No. 3 seed in Division IV, Region 15 and will host Gallia Academy (9-1) out of the Ohio Valley Conference at 7 p.m., Saturday. The Blue Devils’ only hiccup this season was a 52-0 loss to Ironton.

In Division V, Region 19, both Wheelersburg (7-3) and Minford (7-3) have qualified out of the SOC II … and at least one will advance into Week 12. The No. 3 seeded Pirates and No. 6 seeded Falcons will meet in the first round, in Wheelersburg, at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

If you recall, the first matchup between the pair needed overtime to decide a winner. The Pirates outlasted the Falcons by a 21-20 final.

Also notable in the area in Division V, Region 19, No. 7 Portsmouth (8-2) will travel to undefeated Ridgewood while No. 1 Ironton (9-1) hosts Wellston (7-3). All of the Division V matchups will begin at 7 p.m., Saturday.

In Division VI, three local teams, all from the Scioto Valley Conference, are at the top of Region 24’s rankings. Southeastern (10-0) has locked down the top seed, Paint Valley (8-2) is the No. 2 seed and Adena (8-2) is the No. 3 seed.

The Panthers will host Dayton Christian (8-2), the Bearcats will welcome in Grandview Heights (6-4) and the Warriors will meet with Mechanicsburg (8-2). All three games will kickoff at 7 p.m., Friday night.

The most notable matchup of those three is Paint Valley-Grandview Heights, considering the two met in Week 11 last season. The Bearcats walked away that night with a 39-36 victory.

Lastly, in Division VII, Region 27, Symmes Valley (9-1) is a No. 6 seed and will travel to play No. 3 Shadyside (7-3) at 7 p.m., Saturday.

Remember, you can follow all of our playoff coverage on Twitter at @ohio_authority. SOSA will have updates from each game, as well as photos and video from multiple playoff matchups.

About Derrick Webb

Derrick is SOSA's chief content coordinator and has worked for the Chillicothe Gazette, the Portsmouth Daily Times and Eleven Warriors. He's a 13-time award-winning journalist, a self-proclaimed baseball purist, a suffering Bengals fan and has never met a stranger.
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