(WJW) — The elite eight battled it out in Friday’s high school football playoffs but only four teams could take home a title.
A dozen local schools took the field, hoping to advance to the semifinals, but the regional finals for Divisions I, II, III and V took center stage Friday night:
Mentor vs. St. Edward
St. Ed’s came out of the gate hot. Marvin Bell put the first touchdown on the board for the Eagles.
After a Mentor punt, St. Ed’s restarted their drive. Casey Bullock passed to Kyan Mason to make it 14 and 0.
Later Bullock kept the ball and weaved into the end zone for another score.
Final score: 27 to 0 — St. Edwards
Holy Name vs. Padua
Rivals Holy Name and Padua are separated by just 4 miles and met earlier this season, in Week 1.
The Namers came ready to play. Austin Wondolowski made it 41 yards for a touchdown, making it 7 to 0.
The Bruins’ punt was blocked by Nick Kucera, causing a turnover.
Toward the end, Wondolowski made more massive gains, bringing the ball 31 yards.
Final score: 56 to 21 — Holy Name
Canfield vs. Chardon
Chardon came into the playoffs on an eight-game streak; Canfield had seven wins in a row.
But the board was still blank by the second quarter Friday.
A punt from Canfield’s Ali Salosh was blocked. The Hilltoppers took over on their 40-yard line.
Andrew Bruce broke free for a 35-yard touchdown run, making the Hilltoppers first on the scoreboard, 7 to 0.
But the Hilltoppers struck back with 14 unanswered points, ending Chardon’s playoffs run.
Final score: 14 to 7 — Canfield
Hudson vs. Akron Hoban
The undefeated Hudson took on the 13-1 Akron Hoban in Twinsburg.
Hoban dominated early and came into the half with a 27-0 lead, driven by Friday Night Touchdown Player of the Year Lamar Sperling.
Sperling logged 36 carries, 288 yards and five touchdowns.
Final score: 41 to 7 — Hoban
Uniontown Lake vs. Massillon
Massillon drove before the half.
Jalen Slaughter fumbled 10 yards from the end zone, and it was picked up by Lake’s Joseph Garro.
The Tigers had a 9-0 lead at halftime.
At the start of the third quarter, Massillon drove again, finishing with a touchdown by Dorian Pringle.
Final score: 24 to 6 — Massillon
- Toledo Central Catholic beat Avon 28 to 20
- South Range beat Perry 49 to 21