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High School Playoff Lookahead: Wapak takes to the road in playoff opener

November 4, 2011

Connor Pickens leads Wapak into the playoffs against Franklin tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Wapakoneta head football coach Doug Frye is hoping the rough-and-tumble Western Buckeye League schedule has preapred the Redskins for the playoffs when the Wildcats will face the Franklin Wildcats in a Division II regional quarterfinal at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Franklin High School.

“You see nine straight teams of a variety of spreads to runs,” Frye said. “You do see a lot of good football teams throughout the year.

“Now it’s getting out of that comfort level, getting on a bus and traveling down and playing a championship team and seeing if we can take it to a championship level.”

Franklin and Wapakoneta sport identical 9-1 records. The Wildcats’ lone loss was a 21-0 shutout at the hands of Bellbrook in midseason. Franklin closed out the season with five straight wins, three of them by three points or less.

Frye brings a wealth of playoff experience from his days at St. Marys Memorial and says it is a different style of preparation.

“The good thing is, I assured (the players), and I certainly didn’t wear this on my shoulder, but I assured them that I’ve been through this a number of times,” he said. “I’m not a rookie as far as preparation for this. I’ve said here’s what’s going to happen and I’ve tried to prep them on how this week will progress and how urgent it is to play every play with full effort.”

Tonight's OHSAA Playoff Schedule

Division II - Games  scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.
Region 5

  • 8 Chesterland West Geauga (7-3) at 1 Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (8-1)
  • 7 New Philadelphia (7-3) at 2 Tallmadge (8-2)
  • 6 Madison (8-2) at 3 Aurora (9-1)
  • 5 Warren Howland (9-0) at 4 Kent Roosevelt (9-1)

Region 6

  • 8 Medina Highland (6-4) at 1 Avon (9-1)
  • 7 Tiffin Columbian (8-2) at 2 Sandusky (9-1)
  • 6 East Cleveland Shaw (6-3) at 3 Maple Heights (8-1)
  • 5 Olmsted Falls (7-3) at 4 Tol. Central Catholic (7-3)

Region 7

  • 8 Cols. Brookhaven (7-3) at 1 Cols. Marion-Franklin (10-0)
  • 7 New Carlisle Tecumseh (6-4) at 2 Dresden Tri-Valley (9-1)
  • 6 Ashland (6-4) at 3 New Albany (8-2)
  • 5 Cols. Beechcroft (9-1) at 4 Sunbury Big Walnut (8-2)

Region 8

  • 8 Hamilton Ross (8-2) at 1 Trotwood-Madison (10-0)
  • 7 Harrison (7-3) at 2 Kings Mills Kings (10-0)
  • 6 Cin. Turpin (7-3) at 3 Tipp City Tippecanoe (9-1)
  • 5 Wapakoneta (9-1) at 4 Franklin (9-1)
     

Division III - Games  scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.
Region 9

  • 8 Oberlin Firelands (10-0) at 1 Chagrin Falls (10-0)
  • 7 Cle. Benedictine (7-3) at 2 Mentor Lake Catholic (9-1)
  • 6 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (8-2) at 3 Hunting Valley University School (9-1)
  • 5 Ravenna Southeast (10-0) at 4 Ravenna (8-2)

Region 10

  • 8 Caledonia River Valley (7-3) at 1 Columbus St. Francis DeSales (6-3)
  • 7 Napoleon (5-5) at 2 Clyde (8-2)
  • 6 Urbana (8-2) at 3 Cols. Eastmoor Academy (8-2)
  • 5 Elida (7-3) at 4 Bellevue (7-3)

Region 11

  • 8 Wintersville Indian Creek (8-2) at 1 Steubenville (10-0)
  • 7 Thornville Sheridan (9-1) at 2 Dover (9-1)
  • 6 Poland Seminary (7-3) at 3 Minerva (10-0)
  • 5 Canal Fulton Northwest (8-2) at 4 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (6-3)

Region 12

  • 8 Cin. Taft (7-3) at 1 Springfield Shawnee (10-0)
  • 7 Jackson (10-0) at 2 The Plains Athens (10-0)
  • 6 Circleville Logan Elm (9-1) at 3 Plain City Jonathan Alder (10-0)
  • 5 Kettering Archbishop Alter (10-0) at 4 Day. Thurgood Marshall (9-1)

Division V - Games  scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.
Region 17

  • 8 Columbiana (8-2) at 1 Kirtland (10-0)
  • 7 Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (6-4) at 2 Woodsfield Monroe Central (9-1)
  • 6 Cuyahoga Heights (9-1) at 3 Columbiana Crestview (9-1)
  • 5 New Middletown Springfield (8-2) at 4 Sugarcreek Garaway (8-2)


Region 18

  • 8 Carey (8-2) at 1 Liberty Center (10-0)
  • 7 Hicksville (8-2) at 2 Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (10-0)
  • 6 Findlay Liberty-Benton (9-1) at 3 Lima Central Catholic (10-0)
  • 5 Hamler Patrick Henry (8-2) at 4 Northwood (9-1)


Region 19

  • 8 Smithville (8-2) at 1 Bucyrus Wynford (10-0)
  • 7 West Lafayette Ridgewood (8-2) at 2 Lucasville Valley (10-0)
  • 6 Ashland Crestview (10-0) at 3 Cols. Grandview Heights (10-0)
  • 5 Portsmouth West (9-1) at 4 Nelsonville-York (9-1)


Region 20

  • 8 Versailles (8-2) at 1 West Liberty-Salem (10-0)
  • 7 Cin. Summit Country Day (7-3) at 2 Marion Pleasant (10-0)
  • 6 West Jefferson (8-2) at 3 Frankfort Adena (9-1)
  • 5 Coldwater (7-3) at 4 Covington (10-0)

 

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