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Playoffs!? It is the week of yes and no

By izzy Published: October 26, 2009

It is Week 10 and there is no room for bad play or flu. In many cases, it is essentially  a playoff week for teams, meaning win or go home. Unlike other sports, football pairs down the number of post season schools to only one out of seven. The top eight teams in each region qualify for the playoffs with the first four teams hosting a home game. Here are some of the big games for area teams:

*Massillon (7-2) at Canton McKinley (5-4)- The Tigers sit pretty at the No. 2 spot in Division I, Region 2. McKinley, with coach Ron Johnson on the hot seat, is in the 13th spot in the region.  The state's oldest rivalry bold down to this - Massillon win ensures home field; McKinley win gives them a shot with some help, of reaching the post season.

The Bulldogs need help, such Perry upsetting GlenOak, and ditto that with Brunswick, Hudson,  Sylvania Southview, Amherst Steele, and Perrysburg (7-2) to lose to Maumee (8-1), as well Toledo St. John's to Toledo Central Catholic.

*Springfield (6-3) at Ravenna (7-2) - The Spartans have their first winning season since 1998. Though they won't make the post season, Springfield can knock the teetering playoff hopes of Ravenna out in Division II, Region 5 with a win over the Ravens. Even if Ravenna wins, they need help in Division II, Region 5 because they are in the ninth spot coming into this week. Sitting one spot back is Walsh Jesuit, who faces Division I LaSalle, which has four wins.

*Coventry (0-10)  at Field (6-3); Garfield (6-3) vs. Buchtel (6-3) at InfoCision Stadium - By losing to Ravenna, Field now sits at No. 8 in Division III, Region 9, with Bay Village one spot back. While Garfield has been mathematically eliminated from any post season hopes, they can win the City Series championship and douse Buchtel's hopes to return to the playoffs.



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