Here is a brief look at area high school football teams that are in the playoff hunt after Week 9, according to information provided by the Ohio High School Athletic Association and www.joeeitel.com.
Some schools have clinched a playoff spot, some are looking good, some are on the bubble and some need to win in Week 10 and get some help from other schools. The top eight in each region qualify for the playoffs, with the top four teams hosting a playoff game. Schools are divided by division and region, and their current seed number is in parentheses. Five playoff wins equal a state championship.
Division I — Region 2: Clinched: GlenOak (1) and Hudson (4). In right now: Wadsworth (5) and Canton McKinley (7). Need a win and help: Jackson (9), Massillon (11), Brunswick (13) and Twinsburg (14).
Division II — Region 5: In right now: Walsh Jesuit (1), Tallmadge (3), Aurora (6) and Kent Roosevelt (8). Needs a win and help: Copley (12). Region 6: In right now: Highland (5). Region 7: Needs a win and help: Wooster (12).
Division III — Region 9: Clinched: Ravenna (4). In right now: St. Vincent-St. Mary (5) and Southeast (7). Needs a win and help: Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (9). Region 11: Clinched: Minerva (2). In right now: Northwest (5). Needs a win and help: Marlington (9).
Division IV — Region 13: Clinched: Orrville (2) and Norwayne (3). In right now: Black River (4), Canton Central Catholic (6) and Manchester (7). Needs a win and help: Streetsboro (11).
Division V — Region 17: Need a win and help: St. Thomas Aquinas (10), Waterloo (12) and Rootstown (14). Region 19: In right now: Smithville (8). Needs a win and help: Hillsdale (9).
Division VI — Region 21: In right now: Mogadore (6).
— Michael Beaven