“It’s exciting, for sure,” he said. “The guys worked really hard and won a playoff game at home, which is really hard to do even with the expansion to 16 teams. Every team in the playoffs has earned their spot. It’s a really exciting time to South Charleston, for sure.
Southeastern started the year 3-0 before losing four straight games. The Trojans went on to win their last three games to claim a home playoff.
They will face Cincinnati College Prep (5-5), which is located near FC Cincinnati’s new TQL Stadium in downtown Cincinnati and about a 90-minute drive from South Charleston. The Lions have won four of their last six games.
“They’re a good team,” Woods said. “I know they are excited like us to continue playing football in Week 11.”
In the News-Sun coverage area, 14 of 16 teams qualified for the playoffs, including nine programs that placed in the top eight in their region.
“It really shows how good football is in our region and to be a part of it we are certainly proud of that,” Woods said.
In D-III, Tecumseh (6-4) hosts its first playoff game since 2009. The Arrows will face New Richmond (7-3) in a Region 12 game at Spitzer Stadium.
In D-IV, Shawnee (6-4) hosts Roger Bacon (6-4) in a rematch of the 2020 DV Region Finals, Region 20 – this time in a Region 16 first-round matchup. The Spartans have won five in a row since the start of the season 1-4. Roger Bacon won the last match 31-7, which took place at Saint-Bernard in the shortened 2020 season.
In D-VII, Catholic Central hosts its first playoff game since 2011. The Irish (6-4) will face St. Bernard Elmwood Place (6-4) in a Region 28 game at Hallinean Field.
Greenon (4-6), seeded 15, travels to second-seeded Milton-Union for a DV, Region 20 game. The Knights have won three of their last four games. They will face a Bulldogs team that hasn’t allowed more than seven runs in a game since Week 3.
All five Champaign County schools qualified for the playoffs in what will be a wild Week 11 that includes three home games.
In D-IV, fifth-seeded Urbana (8-2) will host rival Graham (5-5), who finished 12th in the region. The Hillclimbers beat their rivals 42-7 in Week 6, but the Falcons have won three of four since the loss. The rivals have only one playoff game in their history – the Hillclimbers beat the Falcons 19-9 in a regional quarter-final in 2002.
In D-VI, West Liberty-Salem (5-5) will host Triad (4-6) in a Region 24 game – just a week after falling to the Cardinals 34-32 in overtime at North Lewisburg. The two teams have never met in the playoffs.
Mechanicsburg is in its 10th straight playoff appearance. The Indians will host Lockland (2-7) in Game D-VII, Region 28 – a team they have never faced in their previous 40 playoff games.
Both Greene County schools in the Ohio Heritage Conference South Division – Greeneview and Cedarville – also qualified for the playoffs.
The OHC South champion Rams (9-1) have won seven straight since falling to Northeastern in Week 3. The seventh-seeded Rams will host Preble Shawnee (7-2) at Don Nock Field.
Cedarville (5-5) qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The No. 12 Indians will face fifth-seeded New Bremen (7-3) in a D-VII, Region 28 game. New Bremen won the D-VII State Championship in 2020.
All playoff tickets must be purchased through the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s online ticketing platform. No tickets will be sold at the door. The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for students.
For more information, log on to https://www.ohsaa.org/tickets.
FRIDAY FIRST ROUND ELIMINATORY MATCHES
D-1, Region 2
15 Olentangy Orange at 2 Springfield
D-II, Region 12
9 New Richmond to 8 Tecumseh
D-IV, Regional 16
9 Roger Bacon to 8 Shawnee
12 Graham to 5 Urbana
DV, Region 20
14 Waynesville to 3 Northeast
10 Preble Shawnee to 7 Greeneview
15 Greenon to 2 Milton Union
D-VI, Region 24
9 Triad at 8 West Liberty-Salem
D-VII, Region 28
10 Cincinnati College Prep at 7 Southeast
9 St. Bernard Elmwood Place at 8 Catholic Central
14 Lockland to 3 Mechanicsburg
(All games start at 7 p.m.)