The Eastmoor Academy football team is the fourth seed in Division III, Region 12 and and will play host to No. 5 Germantown Valley View in a regional quarterfinal Friday that pits two teams with decidedly different pasts in terms of playoff success.

Valley View has one of the state's top coaches in Jay Niswonger. He has 239 career victories and led the Spartans to Division IV state titles in 1994, 1996 and 1997. His team will be making its 15th playoff appearance.

Eastmoor last earned a postseason win in 1993 under former coach Marv Bohanan when it beat Fostoria 34-24 in a Division II regional semifinal before falling in a regional final to St. Mary's Memorial 35-8.

"The last few games, we've played some against the spread offense which gives us a tune-up for Valley View," coach Jim Miranda said. "I think this is the first time Eastmoor has ever hosted a playoff game, so we're excited."

The leader of Valley View's offense is senior quarterback Johnny Day, who has passed for more than 2,000 yards and has 28 touchdowns. Last Friday in a 27-20 loss to Brookville, Day threw to Jordan Jacobs for a 27-yard
touchdown, Ansy Genslinger for a 13-yard score and Kyle Pohl for a 12-yard touchdown.

The Warriors ended up ninth in Region 12 a year ago and Valley View was seventh and lost to Canal Winchester 17-16 in a regional quarterfinal. The Spartans' last playoff win came in 2005 when they made it to a regional
final in Division IV, Region 16.

In their last trip in the playoffs two years ago, the Warriors lost to New Lexington 42-14 in a Division IV, Region 15 quarterfinal.

"They look like a real solid football team," Miranda said. "Their quarterback definitely has a tremendous arm and has some good receivers that can catch the ball well. They came back this week from being down by three
touchdowns and almost scored the game-tying touchdown on the last play of the game. I think defensively, their strength is that they have a couple big players up front."

Eastmoor running back Carl Washington, who has been out the last six games with an injury after running for 605 yards in four games, could return Friday or if his team makes it to a regional semifinal.

Quarterback Malon Johnson and running back Ronald Wallace have led the Warriors' offense.

"Malon is throwing the ball with a lot of confidence and we're starting to play some good football," Miranda said.