The OHSAA Regional round is finished, and now comes States. But before Mogadore and the rest of the teams across the state step on the field on Friday and Saturday night, we want to take a look back at the Regionals.
Five teams in the PTC made the playoffs this year, and slowly but surely, four of the five teams fell. Chagrin Falls knocked two teams out of the playoffs, Roosevelt didn't know where their first round game would end up being played, and Mogadore showed what they could do early on and haven't stopped winning since. Below you can find all the first round action, every game, with a couple previews thrown in for good measure.
|Chagrin Falls Tigers||49|
Ravens Falls To Chagrin...Again
By Michelle Hennon
The Ravenna Ravens found out Friday night that revenge is not always sweet. The Ravens fell short in 49-21 loss to the Chagrin Falls Tigers Saturday night in the regional semifinals of the Ohio High School Athletic Association state football playoffs.
The Ravens met the Tigers in the same round of last year’s state playoffs falling 24-6.
The Tigers stole all the momentum early with a 3-yard touchdown pitch and catch from Chagrin Falls quarterback Tommy Iammarino to running back Jack Campbell to lead 7-0 with 9:05 left in the first.
Ravenna tried to get on the board in the 1st quarter but kicker Ben Morgan missed the Ravens only scoring opportunity of the half.
At the end of the 1st quarter Ravenna was only down 7-0 but the Tigers would not stop rolling.
Starting the 2nd quarter Jack Campbell ran in his first of 3 touchdowns on the night to make it 14-0 Chagrin Falls with 9:01 left in the first half.
Ravenna’s sideline lacked emotion and energy as the Tigers would score two more touchdowns before the half and lead 28-0.
The Ravens went into the locker room having only 24 yards of total offense and completing 2 of 9 passes. Chagrin Falls running back Jack Campbell had 77 yards and three touchdowns of his own at halftime.
Ravenna continued to misfire in the 3rd quarter. Their first possession of the second half ended up to be their sixth consecutive three-and-out.
Chagrin Falls continued to dominate the Ravens going up 42-0 with 1:29 left in the third after a 4-yard and a 1-yard touchdown run by Joey Casarona.
Ravenna tried to climb its way back into the game with a 76-yard touchdown run by Kyle Spellman to make it 42-7 Tigers.
The Tigers quickly answered with a 56-yard TD run by Bradley Munday.
Ravenna scored two more times as Spellman connected with Jo’siah Coman for a 36-yard touchdown pass and a 64-yard Warren Bradley touchdown run.
The Ravens final surge would be to little to late as the Ravens fell 49-21 to the Tigers.
The Chagrin Falls Tigers advance to the regional finals of the OHSAA state football playoffs.
The playoffs are here! The playoffs are here! Incase you missed any of the first round coverage, we have it all right here for you. All the previews, all the games, and next week's pairings.
The Cats are undefeated, but looking at this as a new season
- Kent Roosevelt
The Rough Riders are trying to ride momentum from the regular season into a big post-season, at a different "home" field.
The Ravens are playing in an unfamiliar role: Spoiler.
- Kent Roosevelt-Akron Ellet
The Rough Riders defeat the Orangemen at KSU's Dix Stadium
- Mogadore-Steubenville Catholic Central
The top-seeded Wildcats Dominate in their post-season opener
- Streetsboro Rockets-Youngstown Liberty
The Rockets D can't contain Liberty's Walls and Streetsboro Falls
- Woodridge-Chagrin Falls
The Tigers put a 60-spot on the Bulldogs defense to advance
- Ravenna-John Hay
The Ravens barely escape on the road, advance to the next round
- On To The Next One
Next week's pairings, locations, and game times
Three teams from the PTC advanced, and here is who they play and where they'll be in the Regional semi-finals this week.
(2) Kent Roosevelt vs. (3) Aurora Greenmen at Hudson High School, Friday November 9th at 7:30 P.M
(1) Mogadore vs. (5) Berlin Center Western Reserve at Ravenna High School, Friday November 9th at 7:30 P.M
(5) Ravenna vs. (1) Chagrin Falls at Solon High School, Saturday November 10th at 7 P.M
We'll have previews of Mogadore's game on Tuesday, Roosvelt's game Wednesday and Ravenna on Thursday.
|John Hay Hornets||12|
Ravenna Advances To Regional Semi-Finals
Sometimes, we forget the down-side of sports. We love the winners, we glorify them in our articles, and we talk about how they succeeded. But sometimes you learn more about a team in failure than you do in victory, and that was the case tonight as the Ravenna Ravens defeated the John Hay Hornets 13-12.
The Ravens and Hornets had a back and forth game, and at times it seemed like a competition of who could execute less. The Ravens won the battle, and advanced to the Regional Semi-Finals, but it wasn’t always pretty.
The Ravens committed a crucial turnover late in the fourth with only a 1-point lead, and then the Hornets went 3 and out on that fresh possesion. The Ravens had the Hornets stuck at 4th and 1, and they came out of a timeout with 12 men on the field, giving the Hornets a first down. The Hornets didn’t take advantage.
There were moments of beauty though, like when Ravenna's Kyle Corbau wrestled away what would have been an interception for a 25 yard pick up to set up the game winning score. Or Hay's Mylik Mitchell’s 30 yard loft to Deon Colvin to put the game in a position to be tied. But Hornet's coach Rodney Decipia decided to go for two, after a missed extra point earlier in the game. This was a show of Decipia’s character, something that truly showed in this defeat.
When the Ravens’ Kyle Spellman converted on 3rd and 4 with just 1:50 left in the game, the game was over, and Decipia could’ve let his team quit then. He didn’t. Instead, he made sure they remained behind the designated line on the sidelines where they were supposed to be. He made sure they kept their heads held high; this was their first appearance in the OHSAA Playoffs.
Defeat can be bittersweet for a program making their playoff debut, and usually it’s light on the sweet. But after the team broke their huddle in the end zone after the postgame meeting, coach Decipia lined all his underclass men up across from one another, creating a tunnel of sorts.
“Put you hat between your legs,” Decipia yelled. “This is for your seniors.”
And one by one, all the seniors marched down this tunnel, hugging nearly every player as they passed by, tears welling up in their eyes. When they got to the end of the tunnel, Decipia hugged each one as well, and whispered kind words in their ear. It was moment as touching as you can see on a football field.
Seeing 17 and 18 year olds crying on a field after a loss is painful to watch usually, but Decipia turned this moment into something positive. The first-year head coach made it yet another teaching point to his young team: It doesn’t matter if you win or you lose, you will remember what happened here, and you will learn from it.
“Follow your seniors out. Follow your seniors one last time,” Decepia said to the rest of his team. They obliged and jogged back to the locker room, seniors leading the charge.
As his team begrudgingly left the turf of Collinwood Stadium, Decepia sat their for a moment, watching his team, soaking in the moment. There was regret, happiness, and anger in his eyes all at once. Something a 1st year, head football coach that just loss in his schools first-ever playoff appearance should feel.
Ravenna Coach Jim Lunardi said, “it always feels good to win.” He has a point, it’s been 3 weeks since he won a game this season.
The Ravens played spoiler for one teams dreams this post season already, and next week they get the opportunity to do it again. They take on Chagrin Falls, the same team that defeated them last year in the same round.
This time around, the Ravens want to avoid déjà vu and get a new outcome. That game kicks off next Saturday at 7:30 P.M.
With Kent Roosevelt and Mogadore advancing in their respective games, and Streetsboro being upset, that leaves two games left in the first round of the playoffs for PTC teams. Those two teams: Woodridge and Ravenna.
The Ravens take on John Hay at Collinwood stadium. Here is our preview.
The Bulldogs face the top-seeded Chagrin Falls Tigers.
The Tigers have a lot of hype going into the playoffs, led by the coaches son at Quarterback, Tommy Iammarino, the Bulldogs have to stop an opponent that is just as dangerous on the ground as they are through the air.
The Bulldogs are led by Quarterback Sean McCoy. McCoy has put up 2,500 yard in the air and thrown for 28 touchdowns compared to only 5 interceptions. The Bulldogs will need a big game from McCoy if they want to advance against a tigers defense that allows just under 20 ppg.
Both games kick off at 7:30 P.M, and the Bulldogs play at Chagrin.
Ravenna Prepares To Play Spoiler This Post-Season
The Ravenna Ravens are favored nearly every time they take the field in the Portage Trail Conference. That's just the way things go when you've dominated an area for so long. But this year, teams didn't fear the Ravens as much as they have in the past, in it resulted in the Ravens first 2-loss PTC season in 7 years.
The Ravens will now limp into the post-season, coming off back to back defeats to Streetsboro and then Kent. Both hard fought games went down to the wire, including the latter which went in to double overtime. Teams that make the post-season are no longer judged by their regular season win percentage, but those tough defeats and hard fought battles can shape and prepare a team for the post-season, and that's what the Raven's coaching staff is hoping to see in the playoffs.
Things are a bit different this Sunday morning. Usually, we bring you the top plays, the top players, and a little recap of what happened on Friday night, but this Friday was special. This was the last week of the regular season, there was a lot on the line, and so with that we want to bring you a playoff preview. Today, we give you which teams are going where, whose playing who, what seed they are, and where they are playing. And if you specifically come here for the top play of the week, and the gif, no worries, we have our top plays of the PTC season alongside some of the best GIF's of the past week. There were a lot.
All week long we covered every aspect of the Kent-Ravenna game, but you may have missed some of it along the way. Incase you did, we have it all right here.
The anticipation and hype for this game was so high, that we thought that there would be no way that these two teams could have a game that lived up to the billing. Well they did that, and probably exceeded most of our expectations in the process. TV2 Presents the game in it's entirety right here.