Of the 74 teams that were previewed in ThisWeek’s Friday Night Live high school football preview guide in August, 26 made the playoffs.
That means about 65 percent of those teams will be sitting at home when the playoffs begin Nov. 3.
It probably doesn’t feel great right now for teams like Reynoldsburg, Northland and Eastmoor Academy, all of which won their regular-season finales Oct. 27 but still ended up ninth in their respective regions, one spot out of the postseason. Still, the Raiders and Vikings finished 7-3 and the Warriors won their last four games to also secure a winning record at 6-4.
Here are five things we learned from Week 10:
1. It’s been another great season for the Olentangy school district.
Last year marked the first time Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty and Olentangy Orange all made the playoffs in the same season, and all three accomplished that feat again this fall.
Olentangy had the toughest time getting in, edging Westerville Central 35-31 on Oct. 27, but ended up projected to be fifth in Division I, Region 2, with Liberty second and Orange third in the same region.
Before Liberty opened in 2003, the district had just four previous playoff seasons. Orange played its first season in 2008.
2. Hilliard Darby did just enough to make the Division I, Region 3 playoffs.
Despite a 2-3 start, the Panthers are in the postseason for the sixth time in eight seasons.
The three teams that beat Darby were Olentangy, Hilliard Bradley and Dublin Jerome, which went a combined 24-6 during the regular season.
The Panthers quietly won their last five, including defeating Dublin Scioto 22-3 on Oct. 27, and are projected to edge Reynoldsburg for the eighth and final spot in Region 3 to set up a trip to top-seeded Centerville.
3. Canal Winchester is projected to earn the final berth in Division II, Region 7.
The region was a jumbled mess of teams hovering around .500, with 16 mathematically alive heading into the final week of the regular season.
The Indians handled their business in impressive fashion, snapping Big Walnut’s four-game winning streak with a 38-6 victory Oct. 27 that gave them a 6-4 record.
Things then worked out in Canal Winchester’s favor when Scioto lost to Darby, North Canton Hoover lost to Massillon Jackson, Licking Heights fell to Licking Valley and Westerville South lost to Orange.
4. Five teams from the City League earned at least a share of their respective league titles.
With Northland’s 39-32 victory over Beechcroft on Oct. 27, the Vikings snapped the Cougars’ 25-game league winning streak and forced a three-way tie for the City-North Division title that also included Mifflin.
In the City-South, Independence beat Walnut Ridge 44-34 on Oct. 27 as the teams ended up with one league loss apiece.
5. For just the second time since 1989, both DeSales and Watterson failed to make the playoffs.
Although Watterson is out of the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons and DeSales had a three-year run of making the postseason end despite beating the Eagles 41-7 on Oct. 27, seasons such as this have been rare.
The Stallions have made the postseason 25 times and Watterson has 23 appearances since the playoffs were held for the first time in 1972.