Playoff projections through week 9

Football Friday Nite

Nine weeks have gone by in the high school football season leaving only one week left in the regular season. With the playoffs less than two weeks away, now is a good time to take a look at where area teams stand in the unofficial playoffs rankings. Keep in mind, the top eight teams from each region make the playoffs.

Division 1, region 3 features some of the best teams in the state. Liberty holds steady at No. 1 even after suffering its first loss of the season to Orange 10-7. Right behind the Patriots is Pickerington Central, which is coming off a huge 40-14 win over Reynoldsburg. Orange leapfrogged Groveport for the No. 3 spot after the Pioneers beat Liberty and so the Cruisers are now No. 4 in the region. 6-3 Hilliard Davidson comes in as the 5th-ranked team followed by No. 6 Pickerington North (5-4), No. 7 Reynoldsburg (6-3) and No. 8 Upper Arlington. The top four teams have already clinched a playoff spot while the Pickerington North panthers and Upper Arlington Golden Bears control their own fate in week 10.

In Division I region 2 Dublin Jerome is the 2nd-ranked team at 6-2 while rival Dublin Coffman is No. 4 in the region. Both of those teams have secured a playoff spot, but No. 8 Marysville has not and the Monarchs do not control its own fate.

Three teams are also in the playoff hunt in Division II region 8: No. 4 St. Francis DeSales (8-1), No. 6 Canal Winchester (8-1) and No. 7 Walnut Ridge (9-0). The Stallions control their own playoff fate but the Indians and Scots do not.

In Division III region 11, Hartley holds steady at the top and have clinched a home playoff game. Right behind the Hawks sit undefeated Jonathan Alder followed by No. 3 Jackson (9-0), No. 4 Granville (8-1) and No. 7 Centennial (8-1). The Pioneers and Ironmen have both clinched a home playoff game while Granville has not clinched a spot but does control its own destiny.

In Division IV, region 15 undefeated Licking Valley has clinched the No. 1 seed while Bloom Carroll is on the bubble as the current No. 8 seed.

A pair of Division V, region 19 teams are hoping to make the playoffs featuring No. 4 Amanda-Clearcreek (7-2) and No. 5 Columbus Academy (6-3), but only the Vikings control their own destiny.

Staying in Division V, West Jefferson (8-1) has clinched a playoff spot as the current 2nd ranked team in region 20.

In Division VI, region 24 top-ranked Southeastern (9-0) has clinched a home playoff game, No. 5 Grandview Heights (6-3) controls its own destiny, No. 6 Worthington Christian (7-2) does not control its own destiny but No. 8 Fairbanks (6-3) does control its own destiny.

And finally, in Division VII, region 27 Harvest Prep has snagged the No. 1 seed while Newark Catholic (6-3) is also in the playoffs as the current 2nd-ranked team in the region.

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