Glenville, Bedford, Shaker headline state playoffs
Bryant Kizer | 11/6/2013, 10:45 a.m.
From 714 teams to 224, the state playoffs begin this Friday.
Division II, III, IV and VI will kick-off on Friday, while D-I, V and VII will play on Saturday.
- Brush (7-3) vs. Glenville (9-1) at Collinwood – Brush is making their first playoff appearance since 2005. As predicted, the Arcs would be 7-3. The Arcs middle of the season (Kenston, Mayfield and Mentor) was like facing Boston Red Sox’s’ middle order. The Arcs finished strong by winning their last five games. The Arcs, offensive coordinator Timothy Overton is a long-time offensive coordinator for Glenville. The Arcs also have former Collinwood’s head coach Cecil Shorts II as an assistant coach. So the Arcs are not surprised about Glenville. The Arcs feature senior quarterback Stephen Shorts; he is the MVP of the team. Shorts has 20 touchdown passes and he has rushed for seven. However, the Arcs have a lot of weapons. Senior wide receiver Alfonso Onunwar is one of the best in Northeast Ohio. He has 14 touchdowns and 1,028 yards in receiving.
For Glenville, stats are not big. Because most of their games are blowouts and the clock will run non-stop. The Tarblooders, with Ted Ginn Sr. back at the helm, are led by running back Marshon Lattimore. The Tarblooders are making their 12th appearance and first since 2010. The Tarblooders, ranked fourth in the Call and Post Top 25 lost the first game of the season to #3 and top-seed St. Edward. But then they had impressive victories over hosting #20 Solon (15-14) and #9 Cleveland Heights (32-13 in their stop-and-start game).
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Kizer’s pick- Glenville vs. Bedford – second round
In D-I, R-I on Saturday - #16 Shaker Heights (6-4) at #1 St. Edward (9-1) – 7 p.m.
When Shaker Heights lost to hosting Mayfield Heights last Friday, the Red Raiders felt like they let another playoff appearance go by. However, on Sunday afternoon, they found out that their season is still alive.
But, they will have to face top-seed St. Edward. This will be Shaker Heights first state playoff appearance since 2005. Head coach Jarvis Gibson and his coaching staff will have to have their best coaching to pull this upset off. The Red Raiders’ four losses have all been on the road.
Also in that region…
Locals in other regions…
D-II, R-4 (playing on Friday)