Ansonia football team qualifies for OHSAA playoffs for the first time since 2010


By Kyle Shaner - kshaner@dailyadvocate.com



Ansonia’s Austin Helmke (72) and Devyn Sink (2) celebrate during a Cross County Conference football game against Tri-Village on Oct. 20 in Ansonia.


Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

COLUMBUS – Ansonia has qualified for the Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Ansonia (6-4) was the final team in the Division VII Region 28 playoffs to qualify for the postseason. The eighth-seeded Tigers will play top-seeded Crestview (9-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Convoy in the regional quarterfinals.

This year marks the sixth time in program history that Ansonia has qualified for the OHSAA playoffs. The Tigers previously made the playoffs in 1999, 2000, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Ansonia is one of four Cross County Conference football teams that made the OHSAA playoffs along with seven teams from the Greater Western Ohio Conference and six teams from the Midwest Athletic Conference.

Centerville (9-1) from the GWOC is the top-seeded team in the Division I Region 3 playoffs and will play host to eighth-seeded Hilliard Darby (7-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Wayne (7-3) from the GWOC is the fourth-seeded team in the Division I Region 3 playoffs and will play host to fifth-seeded Pickerington North (8-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Northmont (8-2) from the GWOC is the sixth-seeded team in the Division I Region 3 playoffs and will play at third-seeded Pickerington Central (9-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Fairmont (7-3) from the GWOC is the seventh-seeded team in the Division I Region 3 playoffs and will play at second-seeded Hilliard Bradley (10-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Sidney (9-1) from the GWOC is the fourth-seeded team in the Division II Region 8 playoffs and will play host to fifth-seeded Dayton Belmont (9-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Troy (8-2) from the GWOC is the sixth-seeded team in the Division II Region 8 playoffs and will play at third-seeded Cincinnati Anderson (9-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Trotwood-Madison (10-0) from the GWOC is the top-seeded team in the Division III Region 12 playoffs and will play host to eighth-seeded Elida (8-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Miami East (9-1) from the CCC is the top-seeded team in the Division V Region 20 playoffs and will play host to eighth-seeded Reading (7-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Anna (7-3) from the MAC is the seventh-seeded team in the Division V Region 20 playoffs and will play at second-seeded Middletown Madison (8-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Marion Local (10-0) from the MAC is the top-seeded team in the Division VI Region 24 playoffs and will play host to seventh-seeded Fort Recovery (6-4) from the MAC at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Coldwater (7-3) from the MAC is the fourth-seeded team in the Division VI Region 24 playoffs and will play host to fifth-seeded Bethel (9-1) from the CCC at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Delphos St. John’s (6-4) from the MAC is the third-seeded team in the Division VII Region 28 playoffs and will play host to sixth-seeded DeGraff Riverside (6-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Minster (6-4) from the MAC is the fourth-seeded team in the Division VII Region 28 playoffs and will play host to fifth-seeded Fort Loramie (8-2) from the CCC at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The OHSAA playoffs will last five weeks with seven state champions crowned on Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.

2017 OHSAA football playoffs – regional quarterfinal pairings

Pairings are shown with seeds and regular-season records.

Division I – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 1

8 Massillon Perry (9-1) at 1 Cle. St. Ignatius (9-1)

7 Canton McKinley (8-2) at 2 Lakewood St. Edward (9-1)

6 Stow-Munroe Falls (9-1) at 3 Mentor (9-1)

5 Massillon Jackson (8-2) at 4 Euclid (8-2)

Region 2

8 Lorain (8-2) at 1 Tol. Whitmer (10-0)

7 Dublin Jerome (7-3) at 2 Powell Olentangy Liberty (8-2)

6 Gahanna Lincoln (6-4) at 3 Lewis Center Olentangy Orange (9-1)

5 Lewis Center Olentangy (7-3) at 4 Dublin Coffman (8-2)

Region 3

8 Hilliard Darby (7-3) at 1 Centerville (9-1)

7 Kettering Fairmont (7-3) at 2 Hilliard Bradley (10-0)

6 Clayton Northmont (8-2) at 3 Pickerington Central (9-1)

5 Pickerington North (8-2) at 4 Huber Heights Wayne (7-3)

Region 4

8 Fairfield (6-4) at 1 Cin. St. Xavier (9-1)

7 Cin. Archbishop Moeller (4-6) at 2 Cin. Colerain (8-2)

6 Cin. West Clermont (7-3) at 3 Mason (8-2)

5 Milford (8-2) at 4 Cin. Sycamore (8-2)

Division II – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 5

8 Mayfield (6-4) at 1 Akron Archbishop Hoban (9-1)

7 Cle. Benedictine (6-4) at 2 Barberton (10-0)

6 Eastlake North (6-4) at 3 Bedford (9-1)

5 Hudson (7-3) at 4 Lyndhurst Brush (8-2)

Region 6

8 Tol. St. John’s Jesuit (6-4) at 1 Avon (10-0)

7 Sylvania Northview (8-2) at 2 Wadsworth (10-0)

6 Grafton Midview (8-2) at 3 Olmsted Falls (9-1)

5 Whitehouse Anthony Wayne (9-1) at 4 Medina Highland (8-2)

Region 7

8 Canal Winchester (6-4) at 1 Cols. Walnut Ridge (8-1)

7 Youngstown Boardman (6-4) at 2 Massillon Washington (7-3)

6 Ashland (8-2) at 3 Cols. Mifflin (8-2)

5 New Albany (6-4) at 4 Whitehall-Yearling (7-3)

Region 8

8 Harrison (8-2) at 1 Cin. La Salle (8-2)

7 Chillicothe (8-2) at 2 Cin. Winton Woods (9-1)

6 Troy (8-2) at 3 Cin. Anderson (9-1)

5 Day. Belmont (9-0) at 4 Sidney (9-1)

Division III – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 9

8 Aurora (6-4) at 1 Canfield (10-0)

7 Tallmadge (7-3) at 2 Medina Buckeye (10-0)

6 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (7-3) at 3 Peninsula Woodridge (9-1)

5 Alliance (9-1) at 4 Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (8-2)

Region 10

8 Cle. Glenville (7-3) at 1 Tol. Central Catholic (8-2)

7 Mansfield Senior (8-2) at 2 Bay Village Bay (10-0)

6 Hunting Valley Univ. School (7-3) at 3 Parma Padua Franciscan (8-2)

5 Clyde (8-2) at 4 Sandusky (10-0)

Region 11

8 Granville (8-2) at 1 Bellefontaine (9-1)

7 Jackson (8-2) at 2 Cols. Independence (8-1)

6 New Philadelphia (9-1) at 3 Cols. Bishop Hartley (9-1)

5 Dresden Tri-Valley (9-1) at 4 Cols. Marion-Franklin (8-2)

Region 12

8 Elida (8-2) at 1 Trotwood-Madison (10-0)

7 Day. Chaminade Julienne (7-3) at 2 Kettering Archbishop Alter (9-1)

6 New Richmond (8-2) at 3 Franklin (8-2)

5 Day. Dunbar (7-3) at 4 Goshen (9-1)

Division IV – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 13

8 Salem (7-3) at 1 Steubenville (10-0)

7 Struthers (7-3) at 2 Perry (10-0)

6 Girard (9-1) at 3 Cortland Lakeview (9-1)

5 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (6-4) at 4 Poland Seminary (8-2)

Region 14

8 Lorain Clearview (9-1) at 1 Bellville Clear Fork (10-0)

7 Wauseon (8-2) at 2 Shelby (10-0)

6 Marengo Highland (8-2) at 3 St. Marys Memorial (9-1)

5 Bellevue (7-3) at 4 Pepper Pike Orange (8-2)

Region 15

8 Chillicothe Unioto (8-2) at 1 Newark Licking Valley (10-0)

7 Duncan Falls Philo (7-3) at 2 St. Clairsville (8-2)

6 Meadowbrook (8-2) at 3 Gnaddenhutten Indian Valley (10-0)

5 New Concord John Glenn (8-2) at 4 Carroll Bloom-Carroll (8-2)

Region 16

8 Waverly (7-3) at 1 Germantown Valley View (10-0)

7 London (8-2) at 2 Cin. Wyoming (10-0)

6 Cin. Indian Hill (8-2) at 3 Cin. Taft (8-2)

5 Plain City Jonathan Alder (8-2) at 4 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (9-1)

Division V – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 17

8 Columbiana Crestview (6-4) at 1 North Lima South Range (10-0)

7 Wickliffe (7-3) at 2 Orwell Grand Valley (10-0)

6 Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (6-4) at 3 Sullivan Black River (9-1)

5 Navarre Fairless (8-2) at 4 Akron Manchester (8-2)

Region 18

8 Swanton (7-3) at 1 Pemberville Eastwood (10-0)

7 Genoa Area (8-2) at 2 Marion Pleasant (8-1)

6 Lewistown Indian Lake (7-3) at 3 Archbold (8-2)

5 Tontogany Otsego (8-2) at 4 Milan Edison (8-2)

Region 19

8 Cols. Bishop Ready (7-3) at 1 Wheelersburg (10-0)

7 Martins Ferry (7-3) at 2 Portsmouth West (9-1)

6 Oak Hill (7-2) at 3 Johnstown-Monroe (8-2)

5 Gahanna Cols. Academy (8-2) at 4 Belmont Union Local (8-2)

Region 20

8 Reading (7-3) at 1 Casstown Miami East (9-1)

7 Anna (7-3) at 2 Middletown Madison (8-2)

6 Jamestown Greeneview (10-0) at 3 Cin. Hills Christian Academy (7-2)

5 West Jefferson (9-0) at 4 Bethel-Tate (10-0)

Division VI – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 21

8 Columbiana (7-3) at 1 Rootstown (10-0)

7 East Palestine (8-2) at 2 Mogadore (8-1)

6 Youngstown Liberty (8-2) at 3 Kirtland (10-0)

5 Berlin Center Western Reserve (8-2) at 4 Creston Norwayne (9-1)

Region 22

8 Ada (7-3) at 1 Findlay Liberty-Benton (9-1)

7 Carey (7-3) at 2 Bucyrus Wynford (8-2)

6 Jeromesville Hillsdale (7-3) at 3 Attica Seneca East (8-1)

5 Gibsonburg (9-1) at 4 Hicksville (8-2)

Region 23

8 Shadyside (7-3) at 1 Nelsonville-York (10-0)

7 Steubenville Catholic Central (7-3) at 2 Chillicothe Southeastern (10-0)

6 Sarahsville Shenandoah (8-2) at 3 Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant (9-1)

5 Galion Northmor (8-2) at 4 Beverly Fort Frye (9-1)

Region 24

8 Miamisburg Dayton Christian (9-1) at 1 Lima Central Catholic (9-1)

7 Fort Recovery (6-4) at 2 Maria Stein Marion Local (10-0)

6 Mechanicsburg (8-2) at 3 Spencerville (8-2)

5 Tipp City Bethel (9-1) at 4 Coldwater (7-3)

Division VII – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 25

8 Vienna Mathews (6-4) at 1 Dalton (10-0)

7 Warren John F Kennedy (4-6) at 2 Cuyahoga Heights (8-1)

6 Youngstown Valley Christian (5-5) at 3 East Canton (8-2)

5 Lisbon David Anderson (6-4) at 4 Windham (8-2)

Region 26

8 Haviland Wayne Trace (6-4) at 1 Norwalk St. Paul (10-0)

7 Leipsic (7-3) at 2 McComb (8-2)

6 Sycamore Mohawk (8-2) at 3 Pandora-Gilboa (8-2)

5 Tiffin Calvert (7-3) at 4 Edgerton (8-2)

Region 27

8 Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (8-2) at 1 Danville (9-1)

7 Portsmouth Sciotoville Community (8-2) at 2 Waterford (9-1)

6 Hannibal River (6-4) at 3 Canal Winchester Harvest Prep (9-1)

5 Glouster Trimble (8-2) at 4 Lucas (8-2)

Region 28

8 Ansonia (6-4) at 1 Convoy Crestview (9-1)

7 Lima Perry (6-4) at 2 Sidney Lehman Catholic (9-1)

6 DeGraff Riverside (6-4) at 3 Delphos St. John’s (6-4)

5 Fort Loramie (8-2) at 4 Minster (6-4)

Ansonia’s Austin Helmke (72) and Devyn Sink (2) celebrate during a Cross County Conference football game against Tri-Village on Oct. 20 in Ansonia.
http://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/10/web1_Austin-Helmke-Devyn-Sink-WEB.jpgAnsonia’s Austin Helmke (72) and Devyn Sink (2) celebrate during a Cross County Conference football game against Tri-Village on Oct. 20 in Ansonia. Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

By Kyle Shaner

kshaner@dailyadvocate.com

Kyle Shaner may be reached at 937-569-4316. Follow me on Twitter @KShanerAdvocate or get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.

Kyle Shaner may be reached at 937-569-4316. Follow me on Twitter @KShanerAdvocate or get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.