Most of the central Ohio high school football teams that stood out this fall get another shot at extending their seasons during the second week of the playoffs Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10.
Only Hilliard Bradley, the third seed in Division I, Region 3, had its season end shorter than what may have been projected before the first-round playoff matches were established.
In the Jaguars' defense, they fell to defending state champion Pickerington Central 14-13 on Nov. 2 to finish 9-2.
There are nine teams from the ThisWeek coverage area still remaining, which means plenty of opportunities for memories and excitement remain.
Here are five things we expect heading into the regional semifinals:
1. Both of the matchups in Division I, Region 2 could end up being more competitive than expected.
Statistically, there may not be two bigger favorites heading into their games Nov. 9 than top-seeded Reynoldsburg (10-1) and second-seeded Dublin Coffman (10-1) in Region 2.
The Raiders and Shamrocks will face opponents in fourth-seeded Olentangy Liberty (7-4) and third-seeded Toledo Whitmer (9-2), respectively, that wouldn't have made the postseason if they were in Region 3.
The Patriots, though, have made back-to-back state semifinal appearances and could pose a threat to a Reynoldsburg team coming off a 52-0 opening-round drubbing of Toledo Start on Nov. 2 if they can continue to find answers defensively. Liberty beat fifth-seeded Gahanna 14-7 on Nov. 2.
Coffman had little trouble getting past seventh-seeded Westerville Central 27-10 on Nov. 2, but Whitmer has made 10 consecutive playoff appearances and was a regional runner-up last season.
2. Hilliard Davidson and Pickerington Central will be facing tough out-of-town opponents in their Division I, Region 3 semifinals.
Top-seeded Davidson (10-1) stayed a step ahead of eighth-seeded Huber Heights Wayne throughout most of its 28-21 win to open the postseason Nov. 2 and will face another unfamiliar opponent Nov. 9 when it meets fourth-seeded Springfield (9-2).
Springfield's losses came against a pair of Region 3 playoff qualifiers in second-seeded Clayton Northmont and fifth-seeded Kettering Fairmont, while Davidson's only loss was to sixth-seeded Central, 17-14 in overtime Sept. 21.
Central (9-2) will face Northmont (10-1) on Nov. 9. The Thunderbolts, whose only loss was to Wayne, opened the playoffs with a 42-20 win over seventh-seeded Hilliard Darby on Nov. 2.
3. Whitehall will be trying to pull off an upset when it plays storied Massillon Washington in a Division II, Region 7 semifinal Nov. 9.
The last time the Rams made it to the second round of the playoffs was in 2003.
Fifth-seeded Whitehall (10-1) pulled out a 38-31 victory at fourth-seeded Dover on Nov. 2 to set up a matchup against top-seeded Massillon (11-0), which was ranked third in the final state poll and was a state semifinalist last season. The Tigers are averaging 47.7 points.
Whitehall may have shown that it can hang with Massillon when it crushed then-undefeated London 34-15 in its regular-season finale Oct. 26 to win the MSL-Ohio Division title.
4. Fourth-seeded Eastmoor Academy won't be intimidated when it faces top-seeded Hartley in a Division III, Region 11 semifinal Nov. 9.
Eastmoor (10-1) and Hartley (9-2) are familiar with each other. In addition to their schools being separated by only a few miles, the Warriors and Hawks have scrimmaged each season since 2009.
Another thing the programs have in common is that they both have special running games, with Savon Edwards starring for the Warriors and Jalan January leading the way for the Hawks.
On Nov. 2, Eastmoor opened the playoffs with a 34-14 win over fifth-seeded Hillsboro, while Hartley routed eighth-seeded Athens 51-14.
5. Harvest Prep figures to have its toughest task to date when it meets Glouster Trimble in a Division VII, Region 27 semifinal Nov. 10.
The second-seeded Warriors (11-0) continued their impressive season with a 42-8 victory over seventh-seeded Franklin Furnace Green on Nov. 3.
Harvest Prep is allowing an average of just 6.2 points, but third-seeded Trimble (10-1) might be even better defensively. The Tomcats have posted five consecutive shutouts, the latest being a 37-0 victory over sixth-seeded Fisher Catholic on Nov. 3, and have given up just 40 points all season.
Trimble also has been getting the job done on offense, averaging 41.8 points.