FNTD Playoffs Week #2: Saturday’s Regional Semifinals

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CLEVELAND, Ohio –  The 2012 OHSAA High School Football Playoffs continue this weekend, with Regional Semifinals in Divisions I, III, and V kicking off at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, at neutral sites.

FOX 8′s Friday Night Touchdown will have crews at several games across Northeast Ohio, including the following match ups:


Region 1 games begin with the number top-seeded St. Edward Eagles matching up against the once beaten Mentor Cardinals at Parma’s Byers Field.  St. Edward is 11-0 and won its first playoff game following the OHSAA forfeit controversy by beating the Mayfield Wildcats 55-27. Mentor features the precision passing of Mitch Trubisky, the North Carolina recruit and the 2011 Fox 8 Friday Night Touchdown Player of the Year. The Cardinals beat Warren Harding 45-35 to begin their playoff quest.

Also in Region 1, the #2 seed, St. Ignatius Wildcats, put their 10-1 record on the line against the 6th seeded North Royalton Bears at Lakewood Stadium.  Tim McVey is the workhorse for the Wildcats while Travis Tarnowski runs the offense for North Royalton.  The Bears earned a second playoff game as they won a thriller 38-35 against the Willoughby South Rebels in week one of the playoffs.  North Royalton is also 10-1 having lost their last regular season game 19-7 to the Hudson Explorers


The Massillon Tigers earned a hard fought and emotional win two weeks ago over their arch rival, the Canton McKinley Bulldogs.  Now the two teams hook up again in what could be a classic.  The 10-1 Tigers and the 8-2 Bulldogs will play this affair at Kent State University. Massillon trounced the Nordonia Knights 63-28 in round one while the Bulldogs beat North Canton Hoover by three.

Also in Region 2, Toledo Whitmer puts its 11-0 record on the line at Sandusky Strobel Field at Cedar Point Stadium against the Hudson Explorers. University of Michigan recruit Ben Gedeon leads the Explorers attack. In week 10 of the regular season, Hudson gave the North Royalton Bears their only loss of the season.  Hudson beat Canton GlenOak handily a week ago, 38-6 to open the playoffs.


In Region 9, the Chagrin Falls Tigers (10-1) face the number 5 seeded Ravens of Ravenna (7-4) at Solon’s Stewart Field.  Tommy Iammarino is the trigger man for the Tigers attack, that is orchestrated by the highly respected Mark Iammarino, Tommy’s dad.  Chagrin Falls had a 20 game regular season winning streak snapped by Kenston. Ravenna opened the season with a 1-2 mark, got some momentum, only to lose their last two regular season games, to Streetsboro and Kent Roosevelt. The Ravens narrowly defeated the John Hay Hornets 13-12 in round one of the playoffs.

Also in Region 9, Hubbard brings a 8-3 mark into its contest against the Fighting Irish of St. Vincent St. Mary who are 9-2.  The game will be played at Austintown-Fitch Falcon Stadium. The Fighting Irish’s two losses came at the hands of Youngstown Cardinal Mooney and Massillon Washington. Clayton Uecker threw for  349 yards and 4 touchdowns while Parris Campbell found the endzone 4 times in the 49-23 win over number 3 seed NDCL a week ago in the playoff opener.


Poland Seminary, the 8th seed forged a first round playoff upset over Marlington 38-0 to make the second round to face  the #4 seed Dover Tornadoes. Poland Serminary is 8-3 while Dover is 9-2. The game will be played at Green Infocision Field. Dover squeaked past Granville 27-24 in round one of the playoffs.

Also in Region 11, the Millersburg West Holmes Knights (10-1) take on the Steubenville Big Red (9-2) at New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium. West Holmes beat Indian Creek 35-7 in the first round, while the Big Red shut out Maysville 28-0.


Kirtland continues its quest for a second straight state title when they face Columbiana Crestview at Warren G. Harding Mollenkopf Stadium. Both teams are 11-0. The Hornets, coached by Tiger LaVerde are led by the dazzling talent of senior Damon Washington. 5 wins featured point production of over 50 points. Two of those wins saw the Hornets score 60 plus points. Beachwood gave the Hornets a scare in week #9, before losing 20-18. Crestview nearly lost its first playoff game but managed to beat Aquinas 51-50 in a wild offensive battle.

Also in Region 17, Youngstown Ursuline, the 7 seed meets the Redskins of Cuyahoga Heights at Infocision Field at Copley Stadium.  Ursuline is 7-4 while the Redskins have one loss in 11 games.   Cuyahoga Heights is led by the highly successful coach Al Martin, who hands the controls of his offense over to his highly capable son, Jordan.

Youngstown Ursuline lost three straight games in the middle of the season before getting back to their winning ways. They lost their final regular season game against Akron St. Vincent St. Mary before settling down to beat Garaway by the basketball score of 64-49.


The Columbia Raiders , the #3 seed in Region 18 take a 10-1 record into round two of the playoffs against Hamler Patrick Henry (9-2)  The game will be played at Fremont Ross Harmon Field at Don Paul Stadium. The Raiders are led by coach Jason Ward and have made the playoffs 2 times in the past 3 years. When Ward arrived as head coach a few years back he was the fourth coach in four seasons. Continuity has helped the Raiders see the extra season.

For all the final scores, plus video highlights and photo galleries from Friday and Saturday’s games, head over to the FOX-8 High School Football page.