Playoff teams prepare for at least one more week
From the far west end of West Market Street to the far east end of East Market Street, playoff fever is here for high school football fans, players and coaches.
Warren G. Harding and John F. Kennedy high schools will keep Mollenkopf Stadium lit up this week on Friday and Saturday evenings, respectively, while LaBrae and Howland both are scheduled to play on Saturday as the Ohio high school football playoffs get started.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the first-round pairings on Sunday. See page 5B for the complete statewide pairings.
Hubbard joins the four aforementioned schools in a five-school Trumbull County contingent.
Also earning playoff berths are Cardinal Mooney, Jackson-Milton, Windham, Garfield and Grand Valley.
Lakeview just missed a playoff berth in Division IV, Region 13 and Western Reserve, Brookfield and McDonald all came close in Division VI, Region 21.
Divisions I, II, IV and VI will be playing on Friday nights throughout the postseason with game times set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday games will be played at 7 p.m. in Divisions III, V and VII.
Warren G. Harding (9-1) finished in third place in Division II, Region 5 and will play host to Brecksville-Broadview Heights (8-2) on Friday.
Other Friday night action will take place in Division IV, Region 13 where Hubbard (8-2) finished sixth and will play at No. 3 Cardinal Mooney (7-2).
On Saturday, in Division III, Region 9, Howland (7-3) finished in seventh place and will play at No. 2 Akron Hoban (9-1).
LaBrae (7-3) finished fourth in Division V, Region 17 and will play host to Wickliffe (8-2) on Saturday. Grand Valley (9-1) wound up in second place in the region and plays at home against Sullivan Black River (7-3), while Garfield (7-3) finished eighth and faces the unenviable task of visiting top-ranked South Range (9-1).
John F. Kennedy (9-1) wound up third in Division VII, Region 25. The Eagles will play at home against Toronto (8-2). Windham (7-3) finished in fifth place and will be visiting No. 4 Monroeville (9-1), and Jackson-Milton (7-3) is in seventh and will be going to Mogadore (8-2).