GCL South FB Teams Prepare For State Playoffs


Posted on 11/4/2019 at 8:37 a.m.

St. Xavier, Elder, La Salle To Host First-Round Games This Friday

Three Greater Catholic League South Division football teams have officially qualified for the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Football Tournament, and all three earned the right to host a first-round playoff game on their campus this Friday night when four of the state‚Äôs seven divisions begin postseason play with games around Ohio.  The final Harbin computer ratings, the system used to qualify teams for the state playoffs, were released today along with first-round pairings.  The top eight teams in each region qualify for the playoffs, with the top four seeds earning the right to host first-round games.  All subsequent rounds are played at neutral facilities, with the state championship games set for December 5-7 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.

St. Xavier (8-2), with wins the last two weeks against Cleveland St. Ignatius and Louisville St. Xavier, vaulted to the No. 1 seed in Division I, Region 4.  The Bombers will host No. 8 seed Mason (5-5) at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Xavier Stadium.  Elder (8-2), which won six of its last seven games, is the No. 4 seed and will welcome No. 5 Lakota West (7-3) to The Pit in Price Hill at 7 p.m. Friday.  La Salle, by virtue of its 27-25 win against Elder last Friday at home to earn the Lancers their second outright GCL South title in school history (the other in 2016), moves to the No. 1 seed in DII, Region 8.  As a result, La Salle will host Little Miami (8-2), which defeated Simon Kenton from Northern Kentucky in its final game, to clinch the final spot.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday at Lancer Stadium.

Firsts-round pairings were released earlier today by the OHSAA.

Here are the first-round games in Regions 4 and 8:

Division I, Region 4
(All games at 7 p.m. Friday)
No. 8 Mason (5-5) at No. 1 St. Xavier (8-2)
No. 7 Hamilton (5-5) at No. 2 Fairfield (9-1)
No. 6 Princeton (6-4) at No. 3 Colerain (9-1)
No. 5 Lakota West (7-3) at No. 4 Elder (8-2)

Division II, Region 8
(All games at 7 p.m. Friday)
No.. 8 Little Miami (8-2) at No. 1 La Salle (8-2)
No. 7 Columbus St. Francis DeSales (8-2) at No. 2 Turpin (10-0)
No. 6 Canal Winchester (9-1) at No. 3 Harrison (9-1)
No. 5 Columbus Walnut Ridge (10-0) at No. 4 Xenia (9-1)