MOUNT VERNON — Two teams are in. Two teams are out. Others are making their final push in Week 10 as the football season finishes this weekend, and the playoff picture settles in.
The game with the most on the line is Highland at Centerburg, this week’s Killbuck Savings Bank/Mount Vernon News Game of the Week. The Trojans (9-0) have already clinched a playoff spot but, at No. 5 in Region 21, haven’t yet locked up a home game for Round 1. A victory is necessary; a loss by No. 4 Bellaire (to 8-1 Martins Ferry) as well as a Utica victory over Newark Catholic would help.
The Scots (7-2), on the other hand, must win just to get in. However, that win would put them in a great position for a spot. Highland is 10th in Region 12, but can leapfrog the loser of Friday’s Upper Sandusky-Galion matchup. Those teams are eighth and ninth, respectively. Millbury Lake (sixth) could also be jumped, win or lose, after its game against 0-9 Fostoria. Highland’s chances increase dramatically with a loss by Wauseon to Patrick Henry.
Fredericktown (5-4) is not out of the running, either, but the Freddies’ playoff chances are on life support. Fredericktown currently sits ninth in the same region as Centerburg, and needs a win over Ridgedale. A loss by Beverly Fort Frye (to Rosecrans) and a victory by Highland would help as well, as the Freddies could use the extra Harbin points.
Danville (7-2) is fourth in Region 23 and has locked up a playoff spot. A victory over East Knox virtually guarantees a home game the following Saturday. With a loss, Mapleton, with a win over D-V Western Reserve, could possibly leapfrog the Blue Devils for that coveted fourth spot.
Mount Vernon (6-3) needs a win — and a lot of help. Currently sitting at 14th in Region 5, the Jackets need a win over New Albany and a bunch of teams to lose to have a shot at moving up to No. 8. Losses by Hilliard Bradley (to Hilliard Darby), St. Charles (to Marion Harding) and Licking Heights (to Johnstown) would be the most help.
Utica (3-6) and East Knox (3-6) are mathematically eliminated.
Regional quarterfinals begin Friday, Nov. 8, with Divisions II, IV and VI schools and Saturday, Nov. 9 for D-VII schools.
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