East Liverpool Playoff Picture

After last night’s win over Cleveland John Marshall the Potters are 8-1 and according to Joe Eitel have clinched a playoff spot in Region 11.  The Potters currently sit 3rd and would definitely get a home game in Week 11 if they can emerge victorious from their trip to Salem’s Reilly Stadium Friday night.  The numbers are slightly in Big Red’s favor but the Potters would have a chance of jumping Steubenville into 2nd, and could even get the top spot in the Region if 9-0 Alliance Marlington lost their last game.  If the Potters were to lose to Salem the odds are they would hold onto a home playoff position but that is by no means assured if Thornville Sheridan and Minerva both win their last games.  Sheridan has already clinched a playoff spot like the teams above them.  Licking Valley and Minerva are 5th and 6th and will definitely make the playoffs if they win, but could miss if they lose and Richmond Edison, Dover, and Salem all win.  If those 3, who are currently 7th-9th all win in Week 10 its going to come down to who gets the most help from defeated opponents, as the numbers are all rather close.  Edison is the best position and the 50/50 thought is Salem would jump Dover, but its all very close.  Still also alive is currently 11th Granville, but they would have to win, have Salem and Dover both lose, and have everything (literally in the case of Dover) go right in terms of their defeated opponents winning while Salem’s and Dover’s all lose.

As for other area teams in Region 23 Salineville Southern Local is currently 5th and in excellent position to make the playoffs for the first time in school history.  If they lost they could be caught by the teams behind them including Reedsville Eastern, but it would be a Murphy’s Law scenario for Eastern to actually push them down to 9th.  On the other hand, they have a decent chance at getting a 1st round home game at Wigwam Stadium, a 50/50 shot even if Malvern wins, though they could get caught from behind by Willow Wood Symmes Valley.  In Region 17 Crestview also controls their destiny for making the playoffs and also has a solid chance at a Week 11 home game with one more win, though its not guaranteed.  Again like Southern even with losing it would be a Murphy’s Law scenario to actually miss the playoffs.

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