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First round playoff review

By admin Published: November 5, 2007

After the first round of the high school football playoffs, 13 of the 23 area teams that qualified for the postseason are still alive.

Here is a breakdown of the regional quarterfinal (first-round) games that took place this past weekend (area teams in bold):

DIVISION I (four area teams alive)

Boardman (8-3) defeated Euclid 14-7 and advances to play Cleveland Glenville at 7 p.m. Saturday at Twinsburg Tiger Stadium.

Brunswick (11-0) defeated GlenOak (6-5) and advances to play Toledo Whitmer at 7 p.m. Saturday at Fremont Ross Paul Stadium. Brunswick quarterback Sean Bedevelsky completed 22-of-26 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Blue Devils.

Toledo Whitmer defeated Wadsworth (9-2) 51-37. Senior running back Dru Jones led the Grizzlies in their losing effort with 29 carries, 174 yards, a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown.

North Canton Hoover (9-2) defeated Toldedo St. John's 40-33 in five overtimes. Vikings sophomore running back Erick Howard scored the game-winning touchdown with a 1-yard run. Hoover advances to play Nordonia at 7 p.m. Saturday at Massillon Washington Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

Nordonia (10-1) defeated Perrysburg 43-21 and advances to play Hoover. Senior quarterback Aaron Pankratz completed 14-of-21 passes for a school-record 354 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Knights.

GAVIN JACKSON/Akron Beacon Journal

North Canton Hoover sophomore running back Erick Howard rushes against Jackson in Week 10 as Hoover clinched the Federal League title outright. Howard scored the game-winning touchdown this past Saturday to lift Hoover to a 40-33 win over Toledo St. John's in five overtimes in a Division I regional quarterfinal.

DIVISION II (two area teams alive)

Tallmadge (10-1) defeated Firestone (7-4) 35-20 and will play Parma Normandy at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bedford Stewart Field at Bearcat Stadium. Senior quarterback Patrick Pakan completed five-of-eight passes for 116 yards and a touchdown to lead Tallmadge. Pakan also ran eight times for 126 yards and a touchdown.

Louisville (9-2) defeated Lake (7-4) 34-21 and advances to play Dresden Tri-Valley at 7:30 p.m. Friday at New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium. Junior quarterback Neal Seaman threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score to lead the Leopards.

ED SUBA JR./Akron Beacon Journal

Tallmadge senior quarterback Patrick Pakan runs the ball during the Blue Devils' 35-20 win over Firestone in a Division II regional quarterfinal.

DIVISION III (three area teams alive)

Walsh Jesuit (9-1) defeated Field (9-2) 35-0 and advances to play Cortland Lakeview at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ravenna Stadium. Sophomore running back Cameron Ontko carried the ball 18 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Warriors.

Northwest (11-0) defeated Poland Seminary 32-8 and advances to play Dover at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Massillon Washington Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. Senior quarterback Jim Shiplett completed 13-of-14 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown to lead the Indians.

Dover defeated Canton South (6-5) 11-7. Quarterback Matt Trissel threw a touchdown pass to Brad Herbert for Canton South's lone score during its loss.

West Branch (9-2) defeated New Concord John Glenn 48-22 and will play Neward Licking Valley at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wooster Follis Field. Quarterback Steve McNeely threw for 272 yards and four touchdowns to lead West Branch.

GAVIN JACKSON/Akron Beacon Journal

Sophomore running back Cameron Ontko carried the ball 18 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns to lead Walsh Jesuit to a 35-0 win over Field in a Division III regional quarterfinal.

DIVISION IV (two area teams alive)

St. Vincent-St. Mary (9-2) defeated Lake County Perry 42-0 and advances to play Youngstown Cardinal Mooney at 7 p.m. Saturday at Beloit West Branch Heacock Stadium. Senior running back Carnell Evans ran 14 times for 190 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Irish. St. Vincent-St. Mary played Cardinal Mooney in Week 8 and lost 21-17.

CVCA (9-2) lost to Steubenville 28-10. Junior running back John Pettigrew had 22 carries, 167 yards and a touchdown in a losing effort for the Royals.

Canton Central Catholic (10-1) defeated Tusky Valley (8-3) 48-6 and advances to face off against Steubenville at 7 p.m. Saturday at Austintown Fitch Falcon Stadium. Senior quarterback Joey Rhoads completed nine-of-12 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Crusaders. Rhoads also ran for a score. CCC played Steubenville in Week 9 and lost by a point.

KAREN SCHIELY/Akron Beacon Journal

St. V-M senior running back Carnell Evans runs for a touchdown during the first quarter of the Irish's 48-6 win over Perry in a Division IV regional quarterfinal.

DIVISION V (one area team alive)

Waynedale (9-2) defeated Northwestern (9-2) 19-7 in a battle between the Wayne County Athletic League co-champions. Waynedale advances to play Youngstown Ursuline at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Canton Central Catholic Klinefelter Stadium.

DIVISION VI (one area team alive)

Mogadore (10-1) defeated Columbiana 25-14 and advances to play Boscom Hopewell-Loudon at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ashland Community Stadium. Senior running back Cody Destro carried the ball 24 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats. Mogadore senior running back Ryan Brodie also contributed with a 62-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Shawn Pierce.

Did anything of these results surprise you during this past weekend? Walsh Jesuit did what I thought it would do and is still my pick for the area team most likely to win a state title. What team do you think can go the distance?

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