Galion and Wynford are treading on familiar territory, but Colonel Crawford is attempting to go somewhere it has never gone before.
Heading into week 10 of the season, three county teams appear to be playoff bound. For the Eagles, a week 11 appearance would mark the first in school history.
Last week, Colonel Crawford became the school’s first team to win seven games since the 1993 season, clinching a share of the North Central Conference Silver Division with a 27-7 victory over Riverdale.
The OHSAA weekly computer rankings released Tuesday ranked the Eagles fifth in Division VI, Region 23. If ratings stay the same, Colonel Crawford (7-2) will most likely travel to No. 4 Glouster Trimble (8-1).
Eagles coach Ryan Teglovic said his team understands the importance of Friday’s game against league rival Buckeye Central.
The Royals are looking to compete in their eighth consecutive postseason. Wynford (7-2) is ranked third in Division V, Region 19. As it stands this week, the Royals would host No. 6 Baltimore Liberty Union (7-2). If Wynford wants to host, it needs to take care of business against rival Bucyrus in the Copper Kettle game Friday.
Royals coach Gabe Helbert said his team still has a lot to play for after last week’s loss to Galion. Helbert said his players are ready to make the playoffs and to try to string together another run after last season’s trip to the state semifinals.
The Tigers (8-1) are ranked fourth in Division IV, Region 14. This would be Galion’s first trip to the playoffs since 2009. If rankings don’t change after week 10, The Tigers will host No. 5 North Union (9-0), which could be a preview of seasons to come once Galion joins the Wildcats in the Mid Ohio Athlete Conference in 2014.
Friday night the Tigers travel to Ontario. A victory will give Galion an outright NCC Black Division title, but a loss will make them co-champions with the Warriors.