Here are my thoughts on this week's playoff games:
*The best games - North Canton Hoover at Massillon in Division I and Ravenna at Lake Catholic in Division II.
The Vikings have a chance because in its two losses, the Tigers defense gave up far too many big plays. Hoover is tested and look for it to use the passing game at time to surprise the home town Tigers.
Ravenna needs to get Pernell Taylor loose in the secondary to set up the star back in the running game.
*Rematches - Padua plays at Archbishop Hoban in a battle of two teams that struggle to score in big games. Knights won the last meeting, 10-6, and I expect the same. Ditto that for Brunswick at Twinsburg, which the Tigers win in Week 5 at Brunswick. Tigers are more experienced and the Blue Devils aren't what they have been in recent years.
*Upset special - No. 8 Canton McKinley will upset top seed No. 1 Toledo Whitmer in Division I, Region 2.
*Who will show up? - The Fighting Irish of St. Vincent-St. Mary can look one minute like world beaters, the next like the Cleveland Browns - nah, check that - Ohio State in big bowl games the past few seasons. Running back Mark Murphy needs a big game.
*Best wishes- We wish the Wiita family well and hopefully his Highland teammates will bring him back a playoff victory at Warren Howland. Also think it would be great for neighboring Woodridge and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy to win on the road, especially a Bulldog team that has reached the playoffs for the first time.
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