Girard, others advance
For the Indians and the few other area playoff teams still remaining after the carnage of first-round games, it’s survive and advance to the semifinals.
Girard amassed 582 yards as the Indians had 413 yards passing on the arm of junior quarterback Mark Waid.
Michael Belcik was his main target with 226 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
Lakeview amassed 422 yards of its own with ariel attack from Zach Rogers and balanced rushing game.
After holding on to a 33-31 victory over Lakeview, sixth-seeded Girard (10-1) now faces second-seeded Perry (11-0) in Friday’s Division IV, Region 13 semifinal at Twinsburg Tiger Stadium, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Kolston Brewster had 216 yards passing and two scores as Perry throttled Struthers in its first-round matchup, 38-8.
Jacob Allen was Brewster’s main target with three touchdown receptions.
Tyler Horvath led the Pirates rushing attack with 117 yards and two scores.
Prior to this season, Girard hasn’t made the postseason since 2014. That year, the Indians lost to Crestview in a first round, Division V matchup.
This is the furthest Girard has gone in the postseason since the Indians went to the Division IV, Region 13 championship in 2011. Girard fell 33-32 to Norwayne that night, coming a game away from the state semifinals.
Windham also advanced to a semifinal by defeating Lisbon with a strong rushing game, 32-13.
Phillip Maiorca had 21 carries for 207 yards and three scores to pace the Bombers (9-2) to their first playoff victory since 2003.
Blaze Angle had 170 rushing yards as Windham rolled over Lisbon with 430 yards rushing.
Now, the Bombers head to the Division VII, Region 25 semifinals and face Dalton (11-0) in a game played at North Canton Hoover Memorial Stadium, starting Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Cardinal Mooney, like Girard, had an all-local matchup in Week 11.
It took everything the Cardinals (7-4) had to survive and advance in this Division IV, Region 13 first-round matchup as starting quarterback and linebacker Antonio Page was lost to an injury in the initial parts of this game.
However, Mooney survived with a 14-7 victory over Poland.
Friday, fifth-seeded Mooney plays top-seeded Steubenville (11-0) at Salem’s Reilly Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
Another Cardinals team also plays in Week 12 — Canfield.
These top-seeded Cardinals held Aurora to 157 yards and off the scoreboard, 23-0. Vinny Fiorenza led with 121 yards rushing.
Canfield now plays fourth-seeded Notre Dame-Catheral Latin (9-2) Friday at 7:30 p.m., at Mollenkopf Stadium in a Division III, Region 9 semifinal.