Playoff hopes start to bloom

It’s never too early to start counting up the Harbin Computer Point Rankings.

That determines the high school football postseason qualifiers. Winning a league title is the immediate goal for any team. Do that and a team is almost guaranteed a Week 11 game. But, as many teams also knock, advancing to the playoffs isn’t a given, despite a great and even championship season.

It’s still early in the season but teams are starting to separate themselves in their respective regions. However, those that haven’t are just one big win away from joining the playoff hunt in earnest.

Here’s what we know heading into Week 4:

  • It’s not as if Trotwood-Madison (1-2) is on life-support, but this wasn’t the start anyone in Rams Nation could have envisioned. Still, plenty of time to make a good GWOC North run and into the D-II playoffs.
  • Same goes for Middletown (1-2) and Centerville (1-2) in D-I. It’s been common for many area teams to stumble early of late because of challenging non-league games. That makes the playoffs a more daunting task.
  • Is there anywhere or league Jason Krause hasn’t coached in? He’s takes rebooted Fairfield to his most recent former team Middletown today.
  • That first win at Springfield (0-3) won’t come soon enough for new head coach Eric Gillespie.
  • With a staggering 983 yards and 15 touchdowns, Bradford running back James Canan is on pace for a 3,000-plus yard regular season.
  • It didn’t take new coach Steve Channell long to whip Miamisburg into GWOC South contenders. The Vikings (2-1) already have matched their most wins in any season since 2008.

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