Football playoffs: What round is it, anyway?
When Mentor, Stow-Munroe Falls and the rest of Division I hit the Field Turf, they will be contesting regional quarterfinals.
It's true. It's also confusing. But this year's OHSAA realignment has brought different names for each round of the Division I playoffs, even though the big-school division has the same number of teams in its bracket as the other six divisions.
Division I was reclassified into two regions of 16 teams. Divisions II through VII remain four regions of eight. So the rounds go like this:
Division I: Regional first round, regional quarterfinal, regional semifinal, regional final, state final
Divisions II-VII: Regional quarterfinal, regional semifinal, regional final, state semifinal, state final
This OHSAA news release has the information for all of them.When referring to the playoffs as a whole, it calls this weekend the second round.
This will take some getting used to. For Division I, it's a departure from the format used since the last expansion in 1999.
I wouldn't be surprised if fans continue using the old round names -- aka current names for D-II through D-VII, if you will -- just because it's what they know. Even Mentor referred to its game against Stow as a regional semifinal in a tweet.
Football regional semifinal tickets go on sale tomorrow at 8am in athletic office. $7 presale $9 at gate! #beatstowIn the future, perhaps the OHSAA could consider breaking the two Division I regions into four pods after the top 16 teams in each region are set. That way, there are four regional champions as there always have been.
— MentorAthletics (@MentorAthletics) November 12, 2013
You would also be able to call the Division I final-four games state semifinals. I think that's what a lot of people will call them anyway, even if they're called regional finals under this new format.
-- Howard Primer