Sunday, October 16, 2011

Going for perfection in high school football

Many teams will write down 10-0 as a goal at the beginning of the season, but the truth is it's a lot easier said than done.

As we head into the final two weeks of the regular season, I was curious to see just how many teams were still striving for perfection in Ohio. The answer is not quite as many as you may assume.

Thanks to the wonderful, I scrolled through and am able to report with some quick analysis there are 50 teams around Ohio that are still unbeaten through eight weeks. Four of them reside in The News-Herald area, of course - Mentor, Chagrin Falls, Kirtland and Ledgemont.

Here are a few more tidbits I found interesting:

-- Ledgemont is one of only two Division VI teams in the state still unbeaten along with the squad the Redskins have been battling with for top honors in the state poll, Berlin Center Western Reserve. Reserve closes with 3-5 Jackson-Milton and 4-4 McDonald, while the 'Mont finishes up with a showdown this coming Friday with Grand Valley and a trip to Southington in Week 10.

-- Mentor is one of only four D-I teams in Ohio with no blemishes on their record, but two of the four - Cleveland Heights and Hilliard Davidson - are only 7-0 because of idle weeks. The lone 8-0 D-I team in the state other than the Cardinals is Toledo Whitmer.

-- The division with the most undefeated teams is D-V which has 15, including Kirtland.

-- For the record, Division II has eight unbeatens, and Division IV has nine.

-- Chagrin Falls is one of 12 in D-III, leading the charge in Region 9. Interestingly, if you want to talk about a tough region, how about Region 12? Six of the eight teams currently in the playoffs there according to Joe Eitel are undefeated, as many as Division I and Division V combined.

- Chris Lillstrung


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