It’ll be a busy Friday night for high school football fans in Madison County.
A record number of three county teams qualified for the OHSAA state playoffs this season and all will hit the road for first-round games. A recent change by the OHSAA putting all of the state’s playoff contests on the same night means fans will need to choose which games they want to see and make sure their vehicles are gassed up.
London (8-2) at Cincinnati Wyoming (10-0), 7:30 p.m.
Division IV, Region 16
Drive distance: 85 miles
Approximate drive time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
About the Cowboys:
Wyoming has been dominant in all aspects of the game this season, it defeated four playoff teams during the regular season, and played just one game decided by one score, a 31-24 win over Indian Hill.
The Cowboys are averaging 46.3 points per game, while allowing just under 10 ppg.
The offense is lead by quarterback Evan Prater who has thrown for 1,447 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. Wyoming has a two-prong rushing attack that includes Pierson Rogers (934 yards) and Prater (650). The team also has five players who have at least 10 catches on the season.
Joey Edmonds leads the way with 421 yards receiving, while Rogers had over 300.
This will be London’s first playoff game in 18 years.
Jonathan Alder (8-2) at Clinton-Massie (9-1), 7:30 p.m.
Division IV, Region 16
Drive distance: 72 miles
Approximate drive time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
About the Falcons:
Clinton-Massie is one of the state’s powerhouse programs and has its eyes set on another deep playoff run.
The Falcons offense is led by its bruising ground game which has churned out big numbers including nearly 1,200 yards and 28 touchdowns by senior running back Christian Poynter.
The team doesn’t throw the ball much, but when it does it’s quite effective. Luke Richardson has 470 yards receiving on the season, but that comes on just 12 catches (39.2 ypc), eight of which have gone for touchdowns.
Jonathan Alder has played one of the tougher schedules in D-IV this season and shouldn’t be intimidated by playing in one of the toughest environments around.
West Jefferson (10-0) at Bethel-Tate (10-0), 7:30 p.m.
Division V, Region 20
Drive distance: 95 miles
Approximate drive time: 1 hour, 55 minutes
About the Tigers:
The West Jefferson defense will be tested in a way it hasn’t all year.
The Tigers feature a high-flying offensive attack that features quarterback Seth Becker who’s thrown for 2,668 yards and 26 touchdowns this season. He has thrown 11 interceptions this fall so there could be opportunities for the Roughriders defense. Bethel has also rushed for 904 yards this season with 17 touchdowns.
When he throws the ball he’ll be looking in the direction of Cooper Dunn (34 catches, 1,073 yards with nine touchdowns).
Evan Holtke is also a capable running back who racked up 761 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns this fall.
West Jefferson’s defense has been strong all season long and is led by senior quarterback Lance Lambert.
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