OHSAA announces state football finals schedule for Ohio Stadium Dec. 1-3

Columbus or bust for La Salle, St. Xavier
Posted at 12:34 PM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 17:09:55-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The schedule for the Ohio High School Athletic Association state football finals is set for next week, has exclusively learned.

If La Salle wins its Division II state semifinal this Friday against Whitehouse Anthony Wayne at Sidney, the Lancers will play Massillon Perry or Hudson in the state final at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Ohio Stadium. La Salle is trying to become the first Division II football team to win three consecutive state titles.

There will be only one state final Thursday night.

St. Xavier plays Pickerington Central in a Division I state semifinal this Friday at Piqua. If the Bombers win, they would play in the Division I state final at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at Ohio Stadium.

The OHSAA will issue its entire schedule Tuesday afternoon.

This will be the final year for the state football finals at Ohio Stadium on this current contract. The OHSAA has an agreement to have the state finals move back to Stark County in 2017 and 2018. All seven divisions of those state finals will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton (formerly Fawcett Stadium), adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Single-game tickets are now on sale, in addition to all-session ticket books. State championships tickets are available online.

Single-game tickets will also be available next week at the participating schools for $10, or at the Ohio Stadium ticket office before each game for $15 (club level, with indoor access) or $12 (reserved).


Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will televise the seven state championship games live. Live streaming for TWC subscribers will be available at In addition, the OHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all seven games. More information is posted at:

2016 OHSAA Football State Championships Schedule

All games at Ohio Stadium, The Ohio State University 

Thursday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. -- Division II

Friday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. -- Division VI 

Friday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m. -- Division IV 

Friday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m. -- Division I 

Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. -- Division VII

Saturday, Dec. 3, 3 p.m. -- Division III

Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m. -- Division V

State semifinals schedule

Home Team Listed First. Pairings are shown with seeds and overall records.

Division I – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25

4 Cleveland St. Ignatius (12-1) vs. 1 Powell Olentangy Liberty (13-0) at Mansfield Arlin Stadium

3 Pickerington Central (12-1) vs. 5 Cincinnati St. Xavier (8-5) at Piqua Alexander Stadium, Purk Field

Division II – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25

1 Massillon Perry (11-2) vs. 4 Hudson (11-2) at Uniontown Lake Alumni Field

4 Whitehouse Anthony Wayne (10-3) vs. 3 Cincinnati La Salle (11-2) at Sidney Memorial Stadium

Division III – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26

1 Columbus St. Francis DeSales (13-0) vs. 2 Akron Archbishop Hoban (12-1) vs. at Mansfield Arlin Stadium

1 Toledo Central Catholic (13-0) vs. 7 Trotwood-Madison (11-2) at Lima Spartan Stadium

Division IV – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25

2 Steubenville (12-1) vs. 1 Perry (13-0) at Youngstown Boardman New Spartan Stadium

3 Kettering Archbishop Alter (13-0) vs. 5 Columbus Bishop Hartley (10-2) at London Bowlus Field

Division V – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26

3 Milan Edison (12-1) vs. 3 Canton Central Catholic (9-3) at Strongsville Pat Catan Stadium

2 Coldwater (12-1) vs. 3 Coshocton (12-1) vs. at Lewis Center Olentangy Braves Stadium

Division VI – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25

1 Cuyahoga Heights (13-0) vs. 5 Newark Catholic (9-4) at Orrville Red Rider Stadium

1 Hamler Patrick Henry (13-0) vs. 1 Maria Stein Marion Local (12-1) at Lima Spartan Stadium

Division VII – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26

3 Warren John F. Kennedy (12-1) vs. 7 Canal Winchester Harvest Preparatory (10-3) at New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium

3 Minster (9-4) vs. 1 McComb (12-1) vs. at Wapakoneta Harmon Field