CHILLICOTHE – Three area teams have made it out of the regular season and into Week 11.
Sunday, those three — Chillicothe, Zane Trace and Paint Valley — learned who they’d need to beat to advance to Week 12.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) announced first round playoff pairings Sunday afternoon and awarded both Zane Trace and Paint Valley postseason games at home.
Division V, Region 17: Bidwell River Valley (7-3) at Zane Trace (10-0)
After Zane Trace finished the regular season at 10-0, winning its first gold ball and outright conference championship since 2009, the No. 2 Pioneers will now welcome No. 7 Bidwell River Valley into Kinnikinnick in a first round Division V playoff.
River Valley finished 2015 at 7-3 with losses coming to Pomeroy Meigs, Albany Alexander and Shadyside. Out of the Raiders’ 10 opponents this season, four were Division V, two were Division IV, two were Division III and two were Division VII.
Last season, the Raiders finished 2-8. This year, the trip to Zane Trace will mark the school’s first-ever playoff appearance.
River Valley and Zane Trace will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Division VI, Region 21: Newark Catholic (8-2) at Paint Valley (9-1)
Paint Valley will be making its third consecutive playoff appearance while hosting its second straight postseason contest. The No. 4 Bearcats, who finished the season 9-1, will face No. 4 Newark Catholic in a first round Division VI playoff.
Newark Catholic snuck into the postseason with a 22-20 win in Week 10 over Watkins Memorial. The Green Wave finished 2015 at 8-2 with losses coming to Licking Heights and Johnstown-Monroe. All 10 regular season opponents of Newark Catholic’s were from Division V or higher including two from Division II.
The Bearcats and Green Wave will square off at 7 p.m. Saturday in Bainbridge.
Division III, Region 9: Chillicothe (7-3) at Columbus St. Francis DeSales (9-1)
After knocking off Wilmington to earn a playoff berth last week, No. 7 Chillicothe will head to No. 2 Columbus DeSales (9-1) for a first round Division III playoff.
The Stallions’ only loss this season came in Week 1 to Lancaster by a final of 13-3. Since then, the football powerhouse has outscored opponents 314-112. Columbus DeSales’ notable wins have come over Bishop Hartley (38-27), Bishop Watterson (24-7) and Logan (44-7).
The Cavaliers, who finished at 7-3, will travel to Columbus with a start time of 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Gazette will have full coverage of each of these contests Friday and Saturday night. Follow Derrick on Twitter (@dw1509) for more details.