COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced details for the 2018 football regional assignments and playoffs schedule Wednesday, including the location for the state championship games.
The OHSAA will return to using Saturday nights for several divisions during the playoffs and the 2018 title games will return to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.
In November, playoff games in Divisions I, II, III and VI will be played Fridays, while Division IV, V and VII playoff games will be played Saturdays. Last year, the OHSAA experimented with having all playoff games on Friday nights during the first four rounds. In addition, all playoff games will kick off at 7 p.m. Previously, Friday playoff games kicked off at 7:30 p.m.
“We still have good attendance throughout the playoffs, but the overall total attendance dropped in 2017 when we moved all the games to Fridays,” said Beau Rugg, OHSAA Director of Officiating and Sport Management and the OHSAA’s football administrator. “Some parts of the state liked staying away from Saturdays for playoff games, but we also received quite a bit of feedback, mainly from the smaller schools, that they hoped we would return to having games on Saturdays, too, so their communities could see two games per weekend instead of one.”
The specific dates and times for the state championship games in Canton will be announced after the state semifinals Nov. 23 and 24.
Area teams and their divisions include:
Division II, Region 7 — Mount Vernon, Ashland, Barberton, Canal Winchester, Dover, Uniontown Green, Medina Highland, North Canton Hoover, Uniontown Lake, Licking Heights, Logan, Columbus Mifflin, New Albany, Columbus Northland, Massillon Perry, Columbus St. Charles, Tri-Valley, Wadsworth, Columbus Walnut Ridge, Massillon Washington, Watkins Memorial, Columbus West, Westerville South, Columbus Whetstone, Whitehall, Wooster and Worthington Kilbourne.
Division IV, Region 14 — Highland, Lima Bath, Bellevue, Brookside, Bryan, Chagrin Falls, Clear Fork, Lorain Clearview, Milan Edison, Fairview, Firelands, Galion, Huron, Kenton, Keystone, Rocky River Lutheran West, Napoleon, Ontario, Pepper Pike Orange, Port Clinton, River Valley, Shelby, St. Mary’s Memorial, Van Wert, Vermilion and Wauseon.
Division V, Region 19 — Fredericktown, Alexander, Amanda-Clearcreek, Bellaire, Bishop Ready, Buckeye Local, Chesapeake, Columbus Academy, Coshocton, Richmond Edison, Heath, Ironton, Johnstown, Liberty Union, Martins Ferry, Meadowbrook, Northridge, Oak Hill, Ridgewood, Bidwell River Valley, Rock Hill, South Point, Tuscarawas Valley, Union Local, Wellston and West Muskingum.
Division VI, Region 23 — Centerburg, East Knox, Frankfort Adena, Africentric, Barnesville, Belpre, Bridgeport, Buckeye Trail, Crooksville, Dawson-Bryant, Eastern, Elgin, Fairbanks, Federal Hocking, Fort Frye, Grandview Heights, Huntington, Mount Gilead, Nelsonville-York, Newark Catholic, Northmor, Paint Valley, Shadyside, Shenandoah, Southeastern, Lucasville Valley and Worthington Christian.
Division VII, Region 27 — Danville, Beallsville, Berne Union, Zanesville Rosecrans, Caldwell, Cardington, Reedsville Eastern, Fairfield Christian, Fisher Catholic, Frontier, Franklin Furnace Green, Grove City Christian, Harvest Prep, Lucas, Manchester, Miller, Millersport, Monroe Central, Portsmouth Notre Dame, Ridgedale, Hannibal River, Portsmouth Sciotoville, South Gallia, Racine Southern, Symmes Valley, Trimble and Waterford.