Going into Week Two, only four remain.
In Division V, Region 17, fourth-seeded Garaway (9-2) fell behind early at home on Friday, Nov. 4, but rallied to knock off No. 5 New Middletown Springfield 32-14, as the Pirates advanced to the Regional semifinal round against top-seeded and unbeaten Kirtland (11-0) Friday, Nov. 11, starting at 7:30 p.m., at Green High School in Uniontown.
In Division III, Region 11, another Tuscarawas County representative advanced, in an absolute shootout, as second-seeded Dover (10-1) out-paced No. 7 Thornville Sheridan (9-2) 68-53 inside Crater Stadium, sending the Tornadoes into the semifinals against unbeaten, third-seeded Minerva (11-0), Friday night, at 7:30 p.m., inside the stadium at Canton Central Catholic High School.
Playing as a No. 7 seed, New Philadelphia was one of two schools, out of the four representing Tuscarawas County, not to advance over the weekend, however, as the Quakers were beaten 14-7 by second-seeded Tallmadge in the Division II, Region 5 quarterfinals, bringing their season to an end at 7-4.
Also in Division II, one of only two schools to advance from the Ohio Cardinal Conference bowed out in the Regional quarterfinal round, as the No. 6 seeded, OCC Champion Ashland Arrows (6-5) – 35-31 losers at West Holmes back on Sept. 23 – couldn’t keep pace with New Albany, falling to the Eagles (8-2) 51-37 to miss out on a Region 7 semifinal date against Dresden Tri-Valley.
The other Tuscarawas County team that failed to advance was seventh-seeded Indian Valley, which was doubled-up 42-21 in its Division IV, Region 15 quarterfinal game at undefeated Johnstown-Monroe (11-0), bringing the Braves’ 2011 campaign to a close at 7-4.
Meanwhile, a perennial Wayne County representative saw its season come to a close as well, at 8-3, when eighth-seeded Smithville was punished 33-7, in Division V, Region 19, by the unbeaten, top-seeded Bucyrus Wynford Royals (11-0).
But on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., the two remaining Wayne County teams will square off in the semifinal round of the Division IV, Region 13 tournament, at Medina High School, after OCC representative, and No. 2 seeded Orrville (8-3) – a 28-21 winner at West Holmes on Sept. 30 – pounded seventh-seeded Leavittsburg LaBrae (6-5) 53-14 to advance; and the third-seeded Norwayne Bobcats (10-1) did the same thing to No. 6 Brookfield (9-2) on Saturday, Nov. 5, knocking off the Warriors by a final score of 42-7.
The schedule for remaining teams of area interest this coming weekend includes:
Division V, Region 17 semifinal
No. 4 Garaway (9-2) vs. No. 1 Kirtland (11-0)
Friday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Green High School (Uniontown)
Division III, Region 11 semifinal
No. 2 Dover (10-1) vs. No. 3 Minerva (11-0)
Friday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Canton Central Catholic High School
Division IV, Region 13 semifinal
No. 2 Orrville (8-3) vs. No. 3 Norwayne (10-1)
Saturday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
Medina High School
Published: November 5, 2011