CINCINNATI – The Region 8 playoff picture just got a bit more interesting entering Week 10.
Harrison (6-3), Little Miami (7-2), La Salle (4-4), Anderson (6-3), Chillicothe (7-2) and Dublin Scioto (7-2) are all battling for four Division II playoff spots entering the final week of the Ohio high school football regular season, according to playoff projections analyst Steve Shuck.
La Salle lost to visiting Trinity Catholic (Missouri) 33-0 Friday night while Anderson lost to visiting Walnut Hills 25-22.
Harrison defeated Mount Healthy 38-14. Little Miami lost to Edgewood 20-0.
Kings (8-1), Winton Woods (8-1), Troy (8-1) and Edgewood (7-2) should be set as the top four in hosting first-round games Nov. 2, according to Shuck.
If Harrison and Little Miami win their regular-season finales Oct. 26, they should be in the playoffs, according to Shuck. La Salle, Anderson, Chillicothe and Dublin Scioto are very much on the bubble.
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If Winton Woods can defeat Moeller Oct. 26, the Warriors should be the No. 1 seed.
In Division I, Region 4, Colerain (9-0) will be the No. 1 seed. The rest of the field is still to be determined.
Moeller (6-2) plays host to Lakewood St. Edward (5-2) at 4 p.m. Saturday at Lockland.
St. Xavier (4-4) is projected at No. 8 but lost a fraction of a point when La Salle lost Friday night. The Bombers play host to Cleveland St. Ignatius (5-2) at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Shuck, the Greater Miami Conference Commissioner, will continue to project playoff qualifiers for WCPO until Oct. 28. He will have the complete outlook for seven divisions Oct. 24 for games entering Week 10.
Of the 718 OHSAA member schools playing varsity football this fall, the largest 72 schools are in Division I, while the remaining schools are divided equally in Divisions II through VII (approximately 108 schools in each division). There will be 224 playoff qualifiers when the OHSAA announces the final computer points Oct. 28.
Shuck has formally made playoff projections since 1996. Shuck's information is independent and unofficial.
MORE TOP PERFORMERS
Winton Woods junior running back Miyan Williams had 291 yards rushing and a touchdown in a 28-14 win over St. Francis DeSales Friday night.
Elder senior running back Luke Masminster became the fifth player in school history to score five touchdowns in a game. He had 24 carries for 142 yards in a 48-7 win over St. John Vianney (Missouri).
Wyoming junior quarterback Evan Prater was 8 of 9 passing for 112 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 49-7 win over Mariemont. Prater also had eight carries for 106 yards and two touchodwns. Wyoming (9-0) is projected to be the No. 1 in Division IV, Region 16.
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