Making the football playoff cut

Here’s a look at teams we think are in the high school football playoffs. The top eight Division I, Region 2 teams and the top four in all other regions of Divisions II-VII will host first-round playoff games.

Divisions II, III, V and VII will play postseason games on Friday nights; Divisions I, IV and VI will play on Saturdays.

Nothing is official until the Ohio High School Athletic Association releases first-round pairings on Sunday afternoon. This information was culled from the website joeeitel.com/hsfoot/. Additional final regular-season games were played on Saturday and those outcomes could affect projected playoff status.

D-I, Region 2: Wayne (10-0) is a No. 3 seed and will host Reynoldsburg (7-3). Springboro (8-2) is a No. 11 seed and will be at Mason (8-2) in a rematch of their season opener that Mason won, 24-17.

D-II, Region 6: Miamisburg (9-1) is a No. 4 seed and host Lima Senior (8-2). Winton Woods’ 7-0 loss to Watterson enabled Vandalia-Butler (7-3) to grab the No. 8 seed. The Aviators will play at top-seeded and defending state champ LaSalle (8-2).

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D-III, Region 10: Tippecanoe (9-1) is a No. 2 seed and will host Piqua (6-4). Trotwood-Madison (7-3) is a No. 3 seed and will host Celina (7-3). Belmont (7-1) is a No. 8 seed but could overtake Piqua for the No. 7 seed by beating Dunbar on Saturday night. If that happens Belmont would play at Tipp and Piqua would be at top-seeded Wapakoneta (10-0).

D-IV, Region 12: Indian Lake (8-2) is a No. 4 seed and will host Ottawa-Glandorf (7-3). Kenton Rdige (7-3) is a No. 6 seed and will be at Jonathan Alder (9-1).

D-IV, Region 14: Fenwick (10-0) is a No. 1 seed and will host Badin (7-3) in a rematch of Fenwick’s 38-31 Week 5 win. Clinton-Massie (9-1) is a No. 3 seed and will host Wyoming (8-2). Alter (8-1) is a No. 4 seed and will host Reading (9-1). Alter played Chaminade Julienne on Saturday but likely wouldn’t overtake Massie with a win.

D-V, Region 18: Brookville (10-0) is a No. 1 seed and will host Carlisle (6-4). Coldwater (10-0) is a No. 3 seed and will host Bethel-Tate (6-3). Milton-Union (6-4) is a No. 4 seed and will host Greeneview (7-3).

D-VI, Region 22: Marion Local (9-1) is a No. 1 seed and will host Miami East (8-2). Mechanicsburg (10-0) is a No. 2 seed and will host Williamsburg (7-2). West Liberty-Salem (8-2) is a No. 5 seed and will be at Cincinnati Country Day (9-1).

D-VII, Region 26: Minster (8-2) is a No. 1 seed and will host Fort Loramie (6-4). Covington (8-2) is a No. 2 seed and will host Lehman Catholic (6-4). Fort Recovery (8-2) is a No. 3 seed and will host Miami Valley Christian Academy (8-1).

All five area teams that had perfect regular seasons on the line won on Friday.

• Wayne (10-0) defeated Centerville 56-17.

• Fenwick (10-0) defeated Carroll 35-7.

• Brookville (10-0) defeated Franklin 28-7.

• Coldwater (10-0) defeated New Bremen 48-0.

• Mechanicsburg (10-0) defeated Southeastern 48-0.

• Wayne’s 56-17 defeat of visiting Centerville was a decisive beat-down unlike any outcome in the history of the area’s best big-school series. It also completed the third perfect regular season in Wayne’s storied history. The two other 10-0 Wayne teams were in 1988-89 when Mike Schneider was coach.

Centerville (6-4) joined Fairmont as the only other Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division team to dent Wayne’s defense. The Warriors outscored division foes 225-24. Wayne gave up 25 first-half points all season. Last season Centerville beat Wayne 19-14 in Week 10. Both teams entered that game 9-0.

“That’s one of those scores you don’t want to take off the board,” Wayne coach Jay Minton said Friday night. “It’s the way they finished this perfect season and now they’re excited to hit that new season. Usually, we’re going into that fighting with a loss. We found out so much about these guys through our 10 games. I think we’ll be OK.”

Wayne lost to Lakewood St. Edward in last year’s D-I state title game. Fully reloaded, Wayne and St. Ed (8-1) are among the favorites to meet again in the title game.

St. Ed played rival St. Ignatius on Saturday. A St. Ed win would knock the 11-time state champs out of the playoffs for only the second time since 1988. Moeller (5-5) has 33 playoffs appearances but will miss the postseason for the first time since 2001. Wayne beat Moeller 24-22 in Week 2.

• Expect Trotwood-Madison sophomore running back Raveion Hargrove to attract ample recruiting attention. The GWOC’s leading rusher with 1,932 yards and 25 TDs, Hargrove is the conductor of Trotwood’s offensive train. He sat out a loss to Troy and missed most of two other games with injury, including a loss to Piqua.

“He’s a workhorse and he does a lot of good things for us,” Trotwood coach Jeff Graham said after Friday’s 57-35 win at Vandalia-Butler. “Still, when he’s out of the game we have to know that we can depend on others and win.”

Despite a No. 3 seed in D-III, Region 10, consider Trotwood a favorite.

“I don’t think anyone can stop our offense,” Hargrove said. “With everyone healthy we have a good chance at going to state.”

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