High school football playoffs continue Friday and Saturday on SportsTime Ohio! Live coverage begins with Benedictine vs. Chagrin Falls at 7:30pm. Get ready for the action Friday afternoon with the Ohio High School Kickoff show at 3:30pm. Saturday features the live matchup between Cleveland Heights and St. Edward’s at 7:00pm.
See below for details and follow SportsTime Ohio on Twitter (@SportsTimeOhio) #OHChamps all weekend long for high school football playoffs updates from around the region.
Friday, November 15, 2013
3:30pm – Ohio High School Kickoff
Hosted by Mike Cairns, Bill Powers and Ryan Cavanaugh. Follow on Twitter @SportsTimeOhio and join the conversation using the hashtag #Fastest90Min
· Interviews with head coaches Jeff Rotsky of Cleveland Heights, Jim France of Akron Manchester, and coach Lancaster of Indian Valley
· Amanda Jahn’s visit to Austintown Fitch (undefeated). Learn about Coach Phil Annarella and his connection with his players.
· Ashley Collins’ visit to Madison to look at the production of running backs Brandon Davis and Connor Nikses.
· Sights and sounds at Chagrin Falls practice
· Chat with seven reporters from around the state
· SportsTime Ohio Pick ’em
7:00pm – Benedictine Bengals (8-3) vs. Chagrin Falls Tigers (9-2) at Twinsburg Tiger Stadium
This Regional Semifinal pits a legendary program in six-time State Champion Benedictine against Chagrin Falls, a team who has made the playoffs six straight years, including two trips to the state finals in 2009 & 2010.
Under the direction of first-year Head Coach Joe Schaefer, the Benedictine Bengals are led by tailback Jerome Baker, who has already gotten collegiate offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida, Arkansas and Louisville among others. Chagrin Falls is led by 2012 All-Ohio WR Matt Iammarino who not only brings in great stats on the field, but off it as well (4.4 GPA). This is Head Coach Mark Iammarino’s 19th year with the Tigers.
(Replays: Midnight following Friday live game; Saturday, Nov. 16 at 4pm; Thursday, Nov. 21 at noon)
Saturday, November 16, 2013
7:00pm – Cleveland Heights Tigers (10-1) vs. St. Edward Eagles (9-1)
The Cleveland Heights Tigers, under the direction of Head Coach Jeff Rotsky, earned their first playoff victory a week ago when they beat Wadsworth 35-7. Cleveland Heights enters Saturday’s matchup the winner of 8 straight games. On the season, the Tigers are averaging 41 points a game and as a team, they’ve rushed for three thousand yards. Defensively, they’re limiting their opponents to just 16 points a game and on the season, they’ve recorded 31 sacks and have scored five defensive touchdowns.
Under the direction of Head Coach Rick Finotti, the Eagles of St. Edward are the #1 seed in Division I, Region 1. Three years removed from winning the state title, St. Edward is once again one of the favorites to win it all. Last week the Eagles recorded their second shutout of the season when they beat Shaker Heights in the first round of the playoffs 49-0. The only blemish on the Eagles’ schedule is their week 7 loss to St. Ignatius. On the season, St. Edward has rushed for nearly two thousand yards and passed for more than 2100 yards. Like Cleveland Heights, St. Edward is limiting their opponents to just 16 points a game and averaging better than 44 points a contest.
The last time these two teams faced each other was during the first round of the playoffs in 2011. St. Edward won that game 28-14.