The Blanchard Valley Conference still has two football teams alive in the OHSAA State Football Playoffs, with the McComb Panthers and the Van Buren Black Knights moving on in Division 7 and Division 6 respectively.
In D – 6: #5 seeded Van Buren (9 – 3) will face #2 Tinora (11 – 1) at Donnell Stadium in Findlay, Saturday at 7:00 pm.
In D – 7: #1 McComb (11 – 1) will battle #3 Lucas (10 – 1) at Tiffin Columbian Frost-Kalnow Stadium, Friday at 7:30 pm.
2015 OHSAA Football Playoffs – Third Round Pairings
Home team listed first. Pairings are shown with seeds and overall records.
Game times subject to change. Brackets at OHSAA.org will show any changes.
Division VI, Regional Finals – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
5 Van Buren (9-3) vs. 2 Defiance Tinora (10-1) at Findlay Donnell Stadium
Division VII, Regional Finals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
Home Team listed first.
1 McComb (11-1) vs. 3 Lucas (10-1) at Tiffin Columbian Frost-Kalnow Stadium
OHSAA Releases Third-Round Football Playoff Pairings and Sites
Link to full notes packet included; Division II through VII teams playing for regional titles
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2015 OHSAA football playoffs have now reached the third round, which are the regional championship games in Divisions II through VII and the regional semifinals in Division I. Neutral sites were selected by the OHSAA on Sunday morning for the 28 games around the state Friday and Saturday.
Of the 24 regional championship games in Divisions II through VII, eight of them pit the No. 1 vs. No. 2 seeds. Overall, the 56 teams remaining in the playoffs include 20 No. 1 seeds, 12 No. 2 seeds, 13 No. 3 seeds, two No. 4 seeds, five No. 5 seeds, two No. 6 seeds, one No. 7 seed and one No. 8 seed.
Unless otherwise noted, Divisions II, III, V and VII play at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays during the playoffs, while Divisions I, IV and VI play at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Occasionally, that schedule changes, usually due to a site hosting a playoff double-header.
Looking Ahead to the State Semifinals and State Championships
In Divisions II through VII, the OHSAA will wait until next Sunday, Nov. 22, to announce how the regional champions will be paired in the state semifinals (games are Nov. 27 and 28). Division I will continue to follow its regional bracket for the regional finals Nov. 28, which also serve as their state semifinals.
The state championships are Dec. 3, 4 and 5 in Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Of the four divisions that play their playoff games on Friday nights (II, III, V and VII), one will be selected to play its state championship game on Thurs., Dec. 3. The other three “Friday” divisions will play their state championship games on Fri., Dec. 4. Divisions I, IV and VI will play their state championship games on Sat., Dec. 5. Specific game times will be announced the night of the semifinals.
Information on Neutral Sites
There are many factors that go into determining playoff sites, such as quality of field surface, seating capacity, quality of lighting, size of locker rooms and their distance from field, press box size, parking spaces available, and a separate locker room for officials. After all those factors are taken into consideration, it must be confirmed that the site is available and willing to host a playoff game on the date needed. Not all sites are available when requested by the OHSAA.
Fans are encouraged to buy their playoff tickets in advance at the participating schools, which keep a percentage of the revenue. For regional playoff games, tickets are $8 presale and $9 at the gate. All-session ticket books are currently on sale for the state championship games Dec. 3, 4 and 5 at http://go.osu.edu/OHSAAFB. All-session ticket books in the club level, which are the chair-back seats on the west side of the stadium, are $105 each (good for all seven games) and also permit indoor access in the Huntington Club before, during and after each game. All-session reserved ticket books on the east side of the stadium, which don’t include indoor access, are $84 each. Single game tickets will go on sale November 29 and cost $10 at the state finalist schools, or at the gate before each game for $15 (club level) and $12 (reserved).
Third-Round Playoff Notes Packet: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/sports/2015FBRelease4.pdf
Playoff Coverage Home: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/2015/2015FTcoverage.htm
OHSAA Football Online Home (composite schedules, AP polls and notebooks, playoff information, etc.): http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/default.asp
Playoff Telecasts and Broadcasts
SportsTime Ohio and Time Warner Cable will make their game selections by noon on Mondays. They have exclusivity of the games they select. Other games are available for tape-delay telecasts, which can be shown beginning at 11:30 PM the same day of the game. Rights fees for audio broadcasts and delayed-video telecasts are posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/media/rates/BroadcastRates.pdf
The playoff broadcast form is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/BroadcastAgreementForms.pdf
Statewide Broadcast List: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/OHSAAFootballRadioListing.pdf
Playoff History Database: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/history/FT/FootballParticipants.pdf
Media Advisory: Fall Tournaments Information: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/sports/20151001MediaAdvisory.pdf
Championships on the OHSAA Radio Network
Now in its sixth year, the OHSAA Radio Network will broadcast the football state championship games. Stations that commit to carry several state championship game broadcasts from the network will have their rights fees waived throughout the playoffs. The championship games will be available from Skyview Satellite and online. Please contact Tim Stried at the OHSAA for more information or see: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/Radio/radiohome.asp