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District 10 Playoff Outlook, Week 6

Written by: on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

We have reached the midway point in the 2011 season, which means it’s time to start looking at playoff races.

Class A:

Region 1:
Favorites:
Sharpsville (2-0, 4-0)
Mercer (4-0, 4-1)

Playoff Contenders:
Linesville (2-1, 3-1)
Farrell (2-1, 3-2)
West Middlesex (2-1, 3-2)

Key Games remaining:
10/7 Farrell @ Linesville
10/14 West Middlesex @ Farrell
10/14 Sharpsville @ Mercer
10/21 Kennedy Catholic @ West Middlesex
10/28 Lakeview @ Farrell
10/28 West Middlesex @ Linesville
11/4 Linesville @ Sharpsville
11/4 Mercer @ West Middlesex

Outlook:
It seems like the region title will be decided 10/14, When Mercer hosts Sharpsville, but with so many quality games remaining on the schedule, that is far from etched in stone. The other 2 spots will most likely be between Farrell, West Middlesex, and Linesville. Farrell, who has dominated Class A the past couple years, might have the toughest road of the 3 teams, as they finish their region 1 schedule @ Linesville, vs West Middlesex, @ Sharpsville, and vs Lakeview. If they can beat Lakeview and either Linesville or West Middlesex, they will have the inside track on getting the 4th spot, as week 10 they are on a bye, while Linesville and West Middlesex play Sharpsville and Mercer, respectively.

Region 2:
Favorites:
Youngsville (4-0, 5-0)
Saegertown (3-0, 3-2)

Playoff contenters:
Mercyhurst Prep (3-1, 4-1)
Eisenhower (2-2, 2-3)
Cochranton (2-2, 3-2)
Maplewood (1-2, 1-4)

Key Games Remaining:
10/7 Youngsville @ Eisenhower
10/7 Maplewood @ Saegertown
10/14 Mercyhurst Prep @ Cochranton
10/21 Cochranton @ Eisenhower
10/21 Saegertown @ Mercyhurst Prep
10/28 Youngsville @ Cochranton
10/28 Eisenhower @ Saegertown
11/4 Saegertown @ Youngsville

Outlook:
All bets went out the window last weekend, when Youngsville knocked off Mercyhurst Prep and took control of region 2. If Youngsville doesn’t overlook Eisenhower this week, they have a solid shot at being 9-0 going into their week 10 showdown with Saegertown. Saegertown, on the other hand, will still have to get past Mercyhurst Prep if they want to go into that game with an unblemished region record. A very real possibility here is if Prep beats Saegertown, and Saegertown beats Youngsville in week 10, we will have tri-champs in region 2. As far as the 4th spot goes, Cochranton, Eisenhower, and Maplewood still have solid shots, with Cambridge Springs also still mathematically in the mix. A lot will be riding on the week 8 game between Cochranton and Eisenhower.

Class AA:

Region 3:
Favorite:
Wilmington (3-0, 5-0)

Playoff contenders:
Hickory (2-1, 4-1)
Greenville (1-1, 1-3)
Sharon (1-2, 1-4)
Reynolds (1-2, 1-4)

Key Games Remaining:
10/14 Greenville @ Reynolds
10/28 Sharon @ Greenville

Outlook:
Barring some major upsets, Wilmington won this region with their thrilling 28-27 win over Hickory last week. Hickory most likely will wind up with the #2 spot. Titusville went from the favorite to gain a spot in the playoffs, to needing a win over Wilmington just for consideration with their upset loss to Reynolds last week, and in turn, put Reynolds into the conversation. Sharon already has beaten Reynolds, so Reynolds will need a win over either Greenville or Hickory, and for Sharon or Greenville to lose their remaining region games to gain a playoff spot.

Region 4:
Favorite:
North East (4-0, 5-0)

Playoff Contenders:
General McLane (3-1, 3-2)
Northwestern (2-2, 3-2)
Harbor Creek (1-2, 3-2)
Fairview (1-2, 1-4)
Seneca (1-2, 1-4)

Key Games Remaining:
10/14 Northwestern @ North East
10/14 Seneca @ Harbor Creek
10/21 General McLane @ Fairview
10/21 Harbor Creek @ Northwestern
10/28 Harbor Creek @ Fairview
Outlook:
Barring a catastrophic meltdown, North East has the region 4 title locked down, having already beaten McLane and Harbor Creek. General McLane has a firm grasp on the #2 spot, having already beaten Harbor Creek and Northwestern, who are the early favorites for the #3 & #4 spots. Fairview and Seneca still have a chance to play spoiler, with Fairview holding a win over Northwestern.

Class AAA:

Region 5:
Favorite:
Grove City (3-0, 5-0)

Playoff Contenders:
Slippery Rock (3-0, 4-1)
Oil City (1-1, 3-2)
Meadville (1-2, 3-2)
Corry (1-3, 2-3)
(note: Dubois (1-1, 4-1) is a class AAAA team and will compete in the district 6/9/10 subregion)

Key Games Remaining:
10/7 Meadville @ Dubois
10/14 Grove City @ Oil City
10/21 Slippery Rock @ Grove City
10/21 Oil City @ Meadville
10/28 Oil City @ Slippery Rock

Outlook:
Grove City thus far has looked like a team that won’t be challenged until the postseason. However, Slippery Rock can still win the region title by knocking them off in week 8. District 10 officials have the option of making the AAA playoffs 6 or 8 teams. So, the last spot or 2 spots will come down to Meadville, Corry, and Oil City. Oil City has the best region record of the 3 so far, but may have the toughest road. They already have a loss to Corry, and still have to play Meadville, Grove City, Dubois, and Slippery Rock. Meadville has a win over Corry, and already lost to Slippery Rock and Grove City.

Region 6:
Favorite:
Cathedral Prep (3-0, 4-1)

Playoff Contenders:
East (2-1, 3-2)
Warren (1-2, 1-4)
Ft. Leboeuf (1-3, 1-4)
(note: Strong Vincent (3-1, 4-1) is a class AAAA team and will compete in the district 6/9/10 subregion. Bradford will most likely compete in the district 9 playoffs.)

Key Games Remaining:
10/14 Warren @ Bradford
10/21 Bradford @ East
10/27 Ft. Leboeuf @ East

Outlook:
Cathedral Prep will likely not be challenged by a region 6 opponent, and appear to be on a collision course with Grove City for the 3rd straight year for the district title. The rest of the region may be the catalyst for the D10 committee choosing 6 playoff teams this year instead of 8. East seems like the frontrunner for the 2nd spot, while Warren has a win over Ft. Leboeuf early in the year.

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