COLUMBUS — The South Range will host a state semi-final football match next week, while a West Branch-Steubenville showdown could be a possibility in East Liverpool.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the pairings and sites for next week’s state football semifinals on Thursday. The geography of the four state semifinalists in each division is the main factor in determining how the regional champions will be paired up, OHSAA said.
State Power Kirtland may make a trip to Rominger Sports Complex in South Range next Saturday, November 26th.
South Range will host the winners of the Kirtland-No. 5 games Mogadore and Beverly Fort Frye-Columbus Grove in a Division VI state semifinal.
East Liverpool’s Patterson Field, which played its first match on the new artificial turf on 9 September, will host a Division IV state semi-final on Saturday 26 November, only if top-placed Cleveland Glenville lose this Saturday.
If No. 6 Van Wert upsets the Tarblooders, Patterson Field will host the winners of Saturday’s No. 5 West Branch-Jefferson Area and No. 7 Steubenville-Indian Valley games in the Division IV state semifinal.
If Glenville wins, the Tarblooders will play the West Branch-Jefferson Area winner at Smilek Stadium at Canal Fulton Northwest High School. The Steubenville-Indian Valley winner would play #2 Cincinnati Wyoming-No. 10 Cincinnati Taft winner at Historic Crew Stadium in Columbus.
Neutral sites receive a rental fee from OHSAA, and sites retain revenue from concessions, parking, and program sales.
In Division V, winner no. 2 South Range-Perry will play under no. 4 Liberty Center-No. 12 Bloomdale winner Elmwood at Robert J. Bishop Jr. Stadium, Clyde on Friday 25th November.
South Range and West Branch have had recent experience against each other’s regional final opponents.
South Range (13-0) take on Perry (11-2) today at 7pm at Great Lakes Cheese Stadium, Burton Berkshire.
West Branch (12-1) will play Jefferson Area (10-3) on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Bo Rein Stadium in Niles.
South Range won in the Jefferson Area, 42-7, on October 7 as the Raiders scored two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters with quarterback Billy Skripac running for two runs and passing two more.
West Branch rallied from a 19-6 deficit with less than six minutes left in the third quarter to beat Perry 26-19 in last year’s Division IV Regional Semifinal at Boardman’s Spartan Stadium.
West Branch quarterback Dru DeShields passed for 270 yards and a touchdown, ran for 103 yards and a touchdown, and set up the Warriors’ first score with a 50-yard interception return.
All games kick off at 7pm this week and next week.
Tickets are only available at www.ohsaa.org/tickets. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students for the regional finals and $13 for adults and $10 for students for the state semifinals.