It's been a few years since a City Series football team qualified for the state playoffs. In 2004, both Buchtel and Garfield made the playoffs and Garfield, led by former Ohio State star running back Chris ``Beanie'' Wells, played (and lost) to Copley in the first round of the Division II playoffs.
Copley was led by running back Delone Carter, now a running back at Syracuse University.
In 2005, Buchtel made the playoffs once again but lost to Archbishop Hoban in a wild finish at Barberton.
One of the biggest reasons why the City can't get a team in the playoffs is that teams like Buchtel and Garfield can't get enough computer playoff points with wins against league opponents. The top eight teams in each computer playoff region qualifies for the playoffs.
Buchtel has the best chance among the seven City teams to make the playoffs. The Griffins (5-2) are ranked No. 10 in Division 3, Region 9 with 8.1082 points and Medina Buckeye currently holds the last playoff spot at No. 8 with 11.1857 points.
Buchtel has a chance to make the playoffs if it can beat Youngstown Ursuline Thursday. The Irish (4-2) are ranked No. 6 in Division V, Region 17.
``We look at it like this, if we can win one of those (non-conference) games and then win out in the City, we should make the playoffs,'' said Buchtel coach Ricky Powers. ``But we have to just concentrate on winning games and getting better each week. If we can do that, then let's see what happens. But if it doesn't work out, then it is what it is.''
Buchtel's non-conference schedule was brutal. The Griffins lost to Massillon on the road, defeated Wheeling (WV) Central Catholic on the road and lost to Warren Harding on the road.