SWAMI: Time to put your big boy pants on, it’s playoff time

What a great time to be a football fan in the state of Ohio.

The Browns won another game, Ohio State is undefeated (Yeah I know it doesn’t count), and high school football playoffs kick off tonight.

Nine teams in The Morning Journal coverage area qualified for this year’s playoffs, which says a lot about the quality of football around the area.

Analyzing these games wasn’t easy, but I’m always up for a challenge. I mean how hard can it be? I almost went perfect during the regular season.

Perrysburg at Avon

This is starting to become a reoccurring theme for the Eagles. This is the third year in a row the Eagles have an opening-round home playoff game. Avon has been anything short of impressive during its current nine-game winning streak. The Eagles offense is rolling right now, led by running back Ross Douglas, who by the way is also the team’s top defensive back. The Yellow Jackets’ two losses came against teams that had nine wins each. Yellow Jackets don’t do so well in the cold, and there’s no exception here.

Avon 42, Perrysburg 20

Mansfield Madison at Westlake

Mark Campo has transformed the Demons from a three-win football team into a playoff team in just four years. They now get to host a playoff game, which bodes well for them. Logan Paul is a workhorse and the field conditions should be perfect for a sloppy slugfest. If there’s a team that can handle tough games it’s the Rams, who played in two double overtime games this year. Campo is my coach of the year and I think the Demons find a way to win.

Westlake 23, Mansfield Madison 14

Midview at Toledo CC

The Middies got a new field this season and took full advantage of it by going 4-1 on it. They actually were undefeated on the road, so this team won’t be fazed, making the long trip to Toledo. The Fighting Irish were cruising during the regular season, until Toledo Whitmer crushed them 42-0 in Week 10. A loss like that could linger into the playoffs, and don’t forget Avon knocked them out last year, in large part to the combination of Justin O’Rourke and Matt Eckhart. Midview had its own combo of Cody Callaway and Eric Lauer. Will that be enough? I don’t think so.

Toledo CC 31, Midview 24

Tiffin Calvert at St. Paul

The Flyers return to the playoffs for the first time since winning a state championship in 2009, and they face a familiar foe in the Senecas. St. Paul lost 34-20 in Week 2 to Tiffin Calvert, but the Flyers are a different team since then. John Livengood knows how to win playoff games, especially at home.

St. Paul 30, Tiffin Calvert 21

Avon Lake at Toledo Whitmer

Congratulations to Avon Lake coach Dave Dlugosz on win No. 200, and good luck this week because your team is going to need it. The Panthers are undefeated and have beaten teams in three states (Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio), and are coming off an impressive win against Toledo Central Catholic.

Toledo Whitmer 45, Avon Lake 27

Archbold at Columbia

The Raiders have never won a playoff game and that won’t change this week, sorry guys.

Archbold 35, Columbia 14

Last Updated: 11/1/2012 9:54:44 PM EST

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