The Minster football team is in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1991, led by the Midwest Athletic Conference’s top-ranked defense and a balanced offense that features a veteran offensive line and two standout running backs.
The Wildcats (7-3) will travel to Springfield Catholic Central (8-2) on Saturday in a re-match of last season's first round playoff game from last season. Minster upset the top-seeded Irish in that game.
The Wildcats are an even more confident bunch this season.
Presale tickets for the Division VI regional quarterfinal playoff football between Minster and Springfield Catholic Central, to be played on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at Springfield Catholic Central will be on sale during the times listed below:
The Minster Wildcats will return to the site of their first-round playoff upset from a season ago, Wapakoneta hits the road in its first playoff appearance since 2006, and nine Western Buckeye League and Midwest Athletic Conference teams (along with Fort Loramie) received first-round playoff assignments on Sunday afternoon.
Div. VI — Minster (7-3) at Springfield Cath. Cent. (8-2) — Saturday, 7 p.m
Dick West left his St. Marys Memorial assistant defensive coaching job in the 1970s knowing full well the head coaching spot of the Roughriders wouldn’t be available any time soon — not with Skip Baughman entrenched in his third decade at the position.
In what could be his final trip to the stadium named after his mentor, West left St. Marys on Friday night a 42-21 winner with his Shawnee Indians.
ST. MARYS — D.J. Manning became the first St. Marys running back to ever rush for 2,000 yards in a season, but it was Lima Shawnee that emerged from Friday night's game with a .500 record after a 42-21 win over the Roughriders at Skip Baughman Stadium on Friday night.
Shawnee's Sam Altenbach rushed for 226 yards and found the end zone four times, as the speedy but tough tailback went over 1,000 yards for the season.
Shawnee has won five straight games over St. Marys.
MINSTER — If projections hold up, the Minster football team will play Springfield Catholic Central for the second straight year in the first round of the playoffs next Saturday night.
JoeEitel.com projects Minster to be the sixth-seed in Division VI's Region 24 after the Wildcats stunned Coldwater, 22-6, on Friday night to deny the Cavaliers a piece of the MAC title. Minster beat the top-seeded Irish in Springfield, 44-21, in the first round of its Cinderella run through the playoffs to the regional title game.