Playoff Pairings For 2014 OHSAA Football Tournaments

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CLEVELAND – The regular season is over and the 2014 OHSAA Football Playoffs kick off on Friday, Nov. 7 at home sites.

723 Ohio high schools started the season with a dream of reaching the State Championship Games at Ohio Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, and that dream is still alive for 224 schools, including 73 here in Northeast Ohio.

Divisions II, III, IV and VI will take the field for Regional quarterfinal action on Friday.

Kickoffs are set for 7:30 p.m., while Divisions I, V, and VII will play Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE to see all the Playoffs pairings, directly from the OHSAA.

In Division I, Hudson (10-0) is the top-ranked team both in the FOX 8 Top-8 and the final AP Poll.

The Explorers have the #1 seed in Region 1 and will open at home against the #16 seed, Massillon Perry (6-4).

St. Edward (8-2) finished second in the FOX 8 Top-8 and after their 41-10 victory over arch rival, St. Ignatius (6-4), the Eagles are the #2 seed in Region 1.

St. Edward will host Brunswick (7-3) in an opening round game at First Federal of Lakewood Stadium.

2013 Division I State Runner-Up Mentor (9-1) is the #4 seed in Region 1.

The Cardinals will open at home at Jerome T. Osborne Stadium, against Lorain (7-3), which is making its first postseason appearance in 30 years.

In Division II, unbeatens, Bedford (10-0) and Midview (10-0) locked up the top seeds in Regions 3 and 4, respectively.

The Bearcats will battle neighbor Garfield Heights (9-1) at Bedford Bearcat Stadium on Friday night.

Midview will host its first ever Playoff game, against perennial power Walsh Jesuit (7-3).

Hubbard (10-0) won the Division III AP Poll Championship and the talented Eagles will open their title quest at home against Tallmadge (6-4).

Two-time defending State Champion St. Vincent-St. Mary (8-2) will begin its title defense at home against a tough Chardon (8-2) squad.

In Division IV, 2013 State Quarterfinalists Benedictine (9-1) is seeded first in Region 11 and the Bengals could be on a collision course with Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (5-4) for the second straight season.

The Cardinals eliminated the Bengals and their All-Ohio two-way star Jerome Baker last season, 28-21 in the Regional Final, before falling to Clinton-Massie in the State Championship Game.

Benedictine will open at Byers Field against Perry (6-4), while Mooney starts its title chase on the road at surprising Woodridge (8-2).

Undefeated Wooster Triway (10-0) owns the top seed in Region 12.

The Titans explosive offense is averaging more than 53 points per game.

Triway opens at home against Galion (6-4).

Canton Central Catholic (10-0) won the Division V AP Poll Championship and the Crusaders are the top seed in Region 15.

Central will battle Beachwood (5-5) on Saturday night, Nov. 8th.

In Division VI, the Kirtland Hornets (10-0) are trying to reach their fourth straight State Championship Game.

Kirtland closed out the regular season with its 55th consecutive regular season victory, a streak that dates back to 2009.

The Hornets have also won 25-straight games overall, since falling to Coldwater, 10-9 in the 2012 Division V title game.

But Kirtland enters this year’s Playoffs as the #3 seed in Region 19, where five of the eight teams are undefeated, including top-seeded Loudonville (10-0).

In Division VII, Norwalk St. Paul (9-1) is the #1 seed in Region 23.

The Flyers are riding a seven-game winning streak, after a tough 14-7 loss to Huron (9-1) way back in week three.

State Championship weekend starts Thursday, Dec. 4 and continues on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6, culminating with the Division I title game.

CLICK HERE to see all the Playoffs pairings, directly from the OHSAA.

And tune in Friday, Nov. 7th at 11:00 p.m. to see the Playoff edition of ‘Friday Night Touchdown’.

We will have highlights from nearly 20 opening round playoff games.

CLICK HERE for more ‘Friday Night Touchdown’ coverage.

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