Sunday, November 11, 2012

Breaking down the seeds

With the 24 regional football finals set across Ohio in all divisions, perhaps it might be interesting to see how well seeds held through a breakdown of those teams still fighting for a state title.

To no one's surprise, the highest number of seeds still alive are No. 1s, which are still going in 16 of the 24 regions across Ohio. Interestingly, though, the bracket only "holds" with a 1-2 matchup for a state final four berth in five regions: 2 (Massillon-Toledo Whitmer), 10 (Napoleon-Bellevue), 13 (Brookfield-Creston Norwayne), 14 (Bishop Hartley-Ottawa Glandorf) and 23 (Danville-Newark Catholic).

Two seeds do not have a representative remaining: No. 8s - not an enormous surprise there - and, oddly, No. 5s.

The highest number of seeds alive beyond 1s are No. 2s and No. 4s, each with eight, followed by No. 3s with seven and No. 6s with five.

There are still four No. 7s going strong across the state: Hilliard Davidson (Region 3), Milton-Union (Region 16), Youngstown Ursuline (Region 17) and Patrick Henry (Region 18).

The News-Herald area representation in Week 13 is comprised of a pair of top seeds, Chagrin Falls in Region 9 and Kirtland in Region 17, and a pair of No. 4s in Mentor (Region 1) and Chardon (Region 5).

A statistical analysis isn't going to win any football games next weekend, of course. It just seemed like something worth noting.

- Chris Lillstrung | @CLillstrungNH


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