OHSAA announces 2017 football regions/playoffs format


Staff Report



COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the football regions and schedule format for the 2017 playoffs. New in 2017, all playoff games during the first four rounds will be played on Friday nights. Also announced was the format for the state championship games, which will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

The new regions and playoffs format were approved last Thursday by the OHSAA Board of Directors at their June meeting as part of the 2017 football tournament regulations. New divisions were announced on April 6.

“For a few years now we have studied the possibility of moving all playoff games to Friday nights for the first four rounds,” OHSAA Assistant Commissioner Beau Rugg said. “Due to so many more college football games being played on Saturday nights, attendance at our Saturday playoff games has steadily declined, and more potential playoff sites have said they cannot host games on Saturdays. We now have enough playoff sites to handle all the games on one night, and the football coaches association was in support of this change, too, because teams will get to stay on their normal weekly schedule of playing on Friday night.”

2017 Football Region and

Division Assignments:

Region 1

Cleveland St. Ignatius

Lakewood St. Edward

Cleveland Rhodes

Berea-Midpark

Cleveland John Marshall

Strongsville

Euclid

Shake Heights

Solon

Cleveland Heights

Mentor

Austintown-Fitch

Canton McKinley

Massillon Jackson

Canton GlenOak

Massillon Perry

Stow Monroe Falls

Region 2

Olentangy Liberty

Olentangy Orange

Westerville Central

Olentangy

Delaware Hayes

Gahanna Lincoln

Dublin Coffman

Upper Arlington

Thomas Worthington

Findlay

Newark

Lorain

Elyria

Whitmer

Toledo Start

Brunswick

Medina

Marysville

Dublin Jerome

Region 3

Springfield

Lancaster

Pickerington Central

Pickerington North

Reynoldsburg

Grove City

Westland

Hilliard Davidson

Hilliard Bradley

Groveport-Madison

Hilliard Darby

Central Crossing

Beavercreek

Centerville

Kettering Fairmont

Wayne

Clayton Northmont

Miamisburg

Region 4

Fairfield

Lakota East

Hamilton

Lakota West

Middletown

Milford

St Xavier

Archbishop Moeller

Oak Hills

Elder

Colerain

Walnut Hills

Western Hills

Princeton

Sycamore

Mason

Springboro

Lebanon

2017 OHSAA Football Schedule

Monday, July 31 – Practice begins (mandatory 5-day acclimatization period)

Monday, Aug. 21 – Regular season begins (719 schools playing football in 2017)

Tuesday, Sept. 19 – Weekly computer point releases begin

Saturday, Oct. 28 – Regular season ends

Sunday, Oct. 29 – Final computer points and playoff qualifiers announced (224 total qualifiers)

Friday, Nov. 3 – Regional quarterfinals played at higher seed, 7:30 p.m. (112 games)

Friday, Nov. 10 – Regional semifinals played at neutral sites, 7:30 p.m. (56 games)

Friday, Nov. 17 – Regional finals played at neutral sites, 7:30 p.m. (28 games)

Friday, Nov. 24 – State semifinals played at neutral sites, 7:30 p.m. (14 games)

State Championship Games at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton

Championship game time assignments will be announced Saturday, Nov. 25

Thursday, Nov. 30 – Division I, II, V or VII, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1 – Division I, II, V or VII, Game times at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2 – Division III, IV or VI, Game times at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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