GWOC places seven teams in high school football playoffs

The Greater Western Ohio Conference landed four teams in the Division I, Region 3 high school football playoffs and seven total GWOC teams advanced to the postseason, the most of any area conference in first-round pairings that were announced by the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Sunday.

Top-seeded Centerville (9-1), Wayne (7-2), Fairmont (7-3) and Northmont (8-2) all landed in the Region 3 field. Sidney (9-1) and Troy (8-2) made the D-II, Region 8 cut and Trotwood-Madison (10-0) is the No. 1 seed in D-III, Region 12.

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There are seven divisions, each comprised of four regions. The top eight teams with the most Harbin computer points qualify for the playoffs and the top four seeds host first-round games. For the first time all playoff games will be held on Fridays through the Week 14 state semifinals. The state championships will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.

Most teams knew of their playoff fate following the end of the regular season this past weekend. There were 32 area teams that qualified:

Division I, Region 3: Centerville, Wayne, Fairmont and Northmont.

D-I, Region 4: Fairfield.

D-II, Region 8: Sidney, Troy and Belmont (9-0).

D-III, Region 11: Bellefontaine (9-1).

D-III, Region 12: Trotwood-Madison (10-0), Dunbar (7-3), Alter (9-1), Chaminade Julienne (7-3) and Franklin (8-2).

D-IV, Region 14: St. Marys Memorial (9-1).

D-IV, Region 16: Valley View (10-0) and Clinton-Massie (9-1).

D-V, Region 18: Indian Lake (7-3).

D-V, Region 20: Miami East (9-1), Anna (7-3) and Greeneview (10-0).

D-VI, Region 24: Dayton Christian (9-1), Coldwater (7-3), Marion Local (10-0), Fort Recovery (6-4), Bethel (9-1) and Mechanicsburg (8-2).

D-VII, Region 28: Ansonia (6-4), Minster (6-4), Fort Loramie (8-2), Lehman Catholic (9-1) and Delphos St. John's (6-4).

Centerville, Trotwood, Bellefontaine, Valley View and Miami East all are No. 1 seeds and will host No. 8 seeds. None of the four GWOC teams in D-I, Region 3 are paired against each other in the first round. Wayne joins Centerville in earning a home game.

As expected, Sidney will host Belmont and Alter will play CJ for the second straight week, likely at Fairmont. Alter defeated CJ 34-6 last Friday to win an outright Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North title.

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