Sunday, November 20, 2011

Breaking down the seeds

Now that the state final four is set in each division for high school football, I thought it might be interesting to put together a breakdown of the 24 remaining teams and their seeds:

No. 1s: 11
No. 2s: 5
No. 3s: 4
No. 4s: 1
No. 5s: 2
No. 6s: none
No. 7s: 1
No. 8s: none

To the surprise of no one, 16 of the 24 left standing were in the top two - including our remaining N-H area contingent, Chagrin Falls and Kirtland, both No. 1s.

The lowest seed remaining in Ohio is Hicksville, a No. 7 which took Division V, Region 18 with a 34-7 win over longtime Northwest Ohio small-school power Patrick Henry in the regional final. The Aces started 0-2 with losses to Archbold and Coldwater and have not been on the business end since.

For the record, the only No. 8 seed to make it out of the opening round was Versailles, which pounded Region 20 top seed West Liberty Salem, 48-21, before bowing out to Clearwater. Also, there were only three No. 6s that made it to their respective regional finals - Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, West Jefferson and Minster.

In other words, Cinderella - at least by definition from the computer - has a tough time getting to the last dance.

- Chris Lillstrung


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