Flyers senior John Dirksen (74) takes charge. Marion Local defeated Kirtland 34-11 to win a D-VI high school football state title at Canton on Sat., Dec. 2, 2017. Dirksen is now a freshman lineman at the University of Notre Dame.
Photo: MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Photo: MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

High school football: Key dates from preseason to state finals

High school football preseason practice begins the end of July. Here are key dates, provided by the Ohio High School Athletic Association:

Mon., July 30: The first day of preseason practice; this also is the earliest start date for the mandatory five-day acclimatization period.

Sun., Aug. 5: Mandatory day off.

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Tue., Aug. 7 through Sat., Aug. 18: Scrimmages permitted. Teams are permitted a maximum three scrimmages or two scrimmages and a Jamboree game.s

Thu.-Sat., Aug. 23-25: Most teams will play their season openers on one of these three days.

Sat., Oct. 27: The regular season ends. Teams are permitted a maximum 10 regular-season games.

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Sun., Oct. 28: Final computer points posted and playoff qualifiers announced. Teams qualify based on a numerical formula of wins (Level 1) and wins by a defeated opponent (Level 2).

Fri., Nov. 2: Regional quarterfinals in Divisions I, II, III and VI.

Sat., Nov. 3: Regional quarterfinals in Divisions IV, V and VII.

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Fri., Nov. 9: Regional semifinals in Divisions I, II, III and VI.

Sat., Nov. 10: Regional semifinals in Divisions IV, V and VII.

Fri., Nov. 16: Regional finals in Divisions I, II, III and VI.

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Sat., Nov. 17: Regional finals in Divisions IV, V and VII.

Fri., Nov. 23: State semifinals in Divisions I, II, III and VI.

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Sat., Nov. 24: State semifinals in Divisions IV, V and VII.

Thu.-Sat., Nov. 29-Dec. 2: State championship games at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton.

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