These are the UNOFFICIAL (sort of official) playoff matchups for the upcoming week eleven slate for teams from Scioto County. The OFFICIAL matchups will come out on Sunday, but it is safe to assume this is almost certainly where these teams will be playing.
A week and a day after these two rivals met up on the Senators’ senior night, Portsmouth West will travel east to face county and conference rival, and the defending state champion Wheelersburg Pirates. Last night, despite another slow start, Wheelersburg was able to defeat West handily thanks to their playmakers Makya Matthews and Tanner Holden making big plays when they were needed. The eight seeded Senators will travel to take on the first seeded Pirates next Saturday night at Ed Miller Stadium at 7:00 p.m. for a chance at revenge following their 28-7 week ten loss.
The Portsmouth Trojans will be making their first playoff appearance since 2007 after defeating Ironton 35-28 by scoring 35 unaswered points when trailing 21-0 late in the first half. First year head coach Bruce Kalb’s team will be travelling west to Middletown to face the second seeded Middletown Madison Mohawks. The Mohawks are an undefeated 10-0 heading into this postseason and are outscoring their opponents 450-45. But if anyone is able to knock off the seconded seeded Mohawks, it would be this much improved Trojan defense accompanied by the Trojans’ incredible run game led by standout junior Talyn Parker.
Green is officially in the playoffs for the first time since 1990. That is incredible to say when considering where this team and program was at the end of the season last year. We’re just not sure exactly where the Bobcats will be heading. We do know that it will be a road game for the seventh seeded Bobcats in week eleven, but it is uncertain as to who they will play. They will either travel to Lucas to face the Lucas Cubs, or to Canal Winchester to face the Harvest Prep Warriors next Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.
Minford was seeded ninth in the Division V Region 20 rankings, just one spot outside the top eight which would have been good enough to clinch the Falcons first postseason berth since 2012.
Stay tuned for official seedings to come out on Sunday from the OHSAA.
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