Friday, November 4, 2016

OHSAA Playoffs Start tonight; Matchups, Stars to Watch, Predictions

With the OHSAA football playoffs here, it's time for the best of the best to battle for HS Supremacy.

  Here's the teams who made it to the Playoffs, their 1st round Matchups and the key players to watch.
Can L'Christian "Blue" Smith and Fred Pitts lead the WayneTrain tonight in playoff action?

D -1 (Region 3)
Wayne  (9-0-1) (Ranked 2nd in State) 
  Home vs Lancaster 
 Wayne will look to start another Deep Run against Lancaster, a team that has been solid, but still was 6-4 coming into the playoffs. Wayne should be led by ferocious running attack and a aerial passing game that is second to none. Look for the Wayne train to win 34 - 17.

Springfield  (7-3) 
@ Pickerington Central (9-1)
 Pickerington was the best team in the city, and they are loaded with talent. Springfield needs to force turnovers early in the game, to seize momentum. Central has a balanced attack, so the Wildcats must be focused from play one....Also look for Leonard Taylor to make some plays to change the outcome. We have Pickerington Central 27, Springfield 24.

(Region 4)
Springboro (7-3) 
 @ (1) Cincy Colerain    
Springboro pulled off 2 huge wins to get to this point, defeating Miamisburg and Lebanon to streak into the playoffs. Problem is, they get the top team in the State in Colerain who looks to be set on a Championship run.
We have Cincy Colerain winning 28-17.

Lebanon (7-3) 
Home vs Cincy Sycamore 
Lebanon had a sterling year, led by a potent offensive attack which put up big points this season. However, they also gave up huge offensive outcomes, and Sycamore can score as well...We think with 2 even teams, the home team will prevail in Lebanon winning 35-32.

Division 2  
(Region 8) 
Troy (9-1)  
Home vs Cincy Anderson (7-3) 
Troy has been waiting for the opportunity to get back into the playoffs after a subpar season where they only won 2 games. They will get Anderson as a result of the hard work. Anderson has a nice season as well, but Troys  defense will lead them to a win in a home game. We got Troy winning 20-13.

Miamisburg (8-2)  
Home vs Kings (8-2) 
 "The Burg" has had a very good season by most, but with the talent on the team they feel there is more in store. They take on perennial power Kings as they host a game. Kings has had a good season, but Miamisburg is ready for the challenge in the best round. We got Miamisburg Winning 30-24.

Division 4 
(Region 16) 
Alter (Ranked #1 in state) 
Home vs Cincy Indian Hill (9-1) 
Alter has demolished everyone in their path this season, and ended CJ hopes emphatically with a 51-3 trouncing to gather the #1 spot in the D-4 State poll. While Cincy Indian Hill has had a great season thus far, the Knights eat, breathe and sleep for this year to atone for what happened last season..
Loon for a Alter win 41-27.

Valley View  (9-1)  
@ Waverly (9-1) 
 Valley View will head to Waverly after a very good season to take on the Waverly program. That crowd will be rockin tonight for this contest as Waverly has a good squad capable of making a deep run. Valley View, is 9-1 & has had some key guys step in and make plays. Can they continue the "next man up" philosophy to a playoff win?
 We got Valley View with the upset win 27-26.

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