Football playoffs: First-round pairings for area teams

The high school football playoffs begin this week. Qualifying teams were announced by the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Sunday.

Teams that accumulated the most Harbin computer points and placed among the top eight in their region advanced. First-level points are for wins and second-level points for wins by a defeated opponent.

The football postseason lasts five weeks, or half a regular season. Weeks 11-13 are for regional first-round, semifinal and final contests. The state semifinals are Week 14. The state championships will be Week 15 from Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.

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The higher seeds host first-round games. The playoffs shift to neutral sites in Week 12. For the first time, there will be no Saturday games until the state finals. All games through the state semifinals will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Here’s the first-round schedule for area playoff teams:

Division I, Region 3

Hilliard Darby (7-3) at Centerville (9-1)

Pickerington North (8-2) at Wayne (7-3)

Fairmont (7-3) at Hilliard Bradley (10-0)

Northmont (8-2) at Pickerington Central (9-1)

Division I, Region 4

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

Division II, Region 8

Belmont (9-0) at Sidney (9-1)

Troy (8-2) at Cin. Anderson (9-1)

Division III, Region 11

Granville (8-2) at Bellefontaine (9-1)

Division III, Region 12

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

Dunbar (7-3) at Goshen (9-1)

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

New Richmond (8-2) at Franklin (8-2)

Division IV, Region 14

Highland (8-2) at St. Marys Memorial (9-1)

Division IV, Region 16

Waverly (7-3) at Valley View (10-0)

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

Division V, Region 18

Indian Lake (7-3) at Archbold (8-2)

Division V, Region 20

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

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

Greeneview (10-0) at Cin. Hills Christian Academy (7-2)

Division VI, Region 24

Dayton Christian (9-1) at Lima Central Catholic (9-1)

Bethel (9-1) at Coldwater (7-3)

Fort Recovery (6-4) at Marion Local (10-0)

Mechanicsburg (8-2) at Spencerville (8-2)

Division VII, Region 28

Ansonia (6-4) at Crestview (9-1)

Fort Loramie (8-2) at Minster (6-4)

Lima Perry (6-4) vs. Lehman Catholic (9-1) at Piqua

Riverside (6-4) at Delphos St. John’s (6-4)

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