By Jimmy Oliver
Division VI, Region 24 Finals
Ada Bulldogs (12-0) vs. St. Johns Blue Jays (10-2): St. John’s has done a tremendous job after a 2-8 campaign last year. Ada has been nothing short of dominant this season. This sets up to be a matchup of one team on the rise and another looking to get back to the finals. The Blue Jays are trying to prove they belong with the big boys this year and the only way that happens is with a win over Ada.
Division I, Region 4 Finals
Colerain Cardinals (11-1) vs. Elder Panthers (11-1): Talk about a huge game featuring national powers. This is going to be one of those contests that people talk about next year as one of the best games all season. Elder’s only loss was to top ten power Aquinas, while Colerain lost a tight one to Middletown in the middle of the season. With these schools sitting at No. 1 and No. 2 in the FP rankings, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Division IV, Region 14 Finals
Coldwater Cavaliers (12-0) vs. Archbishop Alter Knights (12-0): So far this year, both teams have run the table, but something must give this weekend. Both teams are evenly matched in terms of points for and against as Coldwater put up 41 points of offense and just 6 popints against per game. Meanwhile, Alter averages 44 points per game and just 7 on defense. Is anyone going to score in this game?
Division II, Region 8 Finals
Winton Woods Warriors (11-1) vs. Anderson Redskins (10-2): A rematch from a September game that saw the Warriors beat Anderson 23-13 behind a strong running game from both Jeremiah Goins and Dominique Brown. Both standouts had over 100 yards on the day. Meanwhile, this time around, the ‘Skins are looking to step up their run defense and force the Warriors to throw more.
Division III, Region 12 Finals
Logan Elm Braves (11-0) vs. Eastmoor Academy Warriors (11-1): This matchup should be quite an interesting contest between two teams with close records. The Warriors of Eastmoor have dominated in each of their 11 wins this year. In contrast, the Braves have had massive wins, but also some close games as well, so it appears going in that the undefeated Braves are the more tested team. This time of year, playing a stronger schedule during the regular season often makes a difference in the postseason.
Division III, Region 9 Finals
Walsh Jesuit Warriors (9-2) vs. Aurora Greenmen (10-2): Walsh is capable of making big plays on both sides of the ball at any given time. All the while, Aurora's spread offense should give Walsh all it can handle. Keep in mind, this is a rematch from the 2006 Regional Semifinals which saw Aurora come out on top. Perhaps that plays into the motivation for Walsh.
Division V, Region 17 Finals
Ursuline Fighting Irish (11-0) vs. Kirtland Hornets (12-0): Yet another battle of the undefeated. This game is going to come down to whoever can stop the run. True, this isn't an original concept, but both teams are rely heavily on a rushing attack. On the other side of the ball, both the Irish and Hornets are tough against the run. With that said, don't be surprised if the final score reads 3-0.
Division V, Region 18 Finals
Liberty-Benton Eagles (12-0) vs. Patrick Henry Patriots (11-0): Liberty-Benton is coming off of a huge win over Archbold (42-10) and Patrick Henry pitched a shutout against Wynford (21-0). These are two teams that are playing well at the right time. Eagles quaterback Aaron Craft had a monster day last week with a total of 303 yards and rushed for four touchdowns. Meanwhile, Patriots quaterback Luke George had a total of 460 yards of total offense. Good luck to both defenses.
Division IV, Region 13 Finals
Steubenville Big Red (12-0) vs. Perry Pirates (11-1): Take the speed of the Pirate offense and mix in the stingyness of the Big Red defense and you have one great game, The team that dominates the line of scrimmage on defense will win this game. The size of the Big Red up front may be too much for Perry to handle.
Division III, Region 11
Licking Valley Panthers (11-1) vs. Dover Tornadoes (11-1): Both teams are 11-1. Both teams lost their first games of the season. And both teams have run off 11 straight wins in convincing fashion. Licking Valley is averaging 39 points per game while Dover is scoring 46 points per contest. That first loss of the season put both teams on the right track. The team that can avoid turnovers and control the clock will most likely come away as victors in this one.
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