High School Football playoff picture beginning to come into focus

The newly redrawn football regions were unveiled Sunday afternoon, shedding light on what Ohio’s first ever all-inclusive postseason will look like.

Richland Source dot com reports, In previous years, teams had to earn one of the 224 available playoff invitations based on their regular season success. The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced in early August that, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the regular season would be shortened to six weeks and any school wanting to participate in the playoffs would be eligible.

Of the state’s 709 football-playing schools, 664 opted into the playoffs. Several schools in the area plans to participate.

The OHSAA reconfigured its regions late last week based on the opt-in list. The regional seeds will be determined by a coaches vote, which will take place after this week’s games, and the regional tournament brackets will be revealed Oct. 1.

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