One of the more balanced football seasons in the City League-South Division has resulted in a first -- five City playoff qualifiers.

One of the more balanced football seasons in the City League-South Division has resulted in a first -- five City playoff qualifiers.

Marion-Franklin and Independence high schools in Division II, Region 7 and Eastmoor in Division III, Region 12 will join Brookhaven (Division I, Region 3) and Beechcroft (Region 7) from the City-North in the postseason.

The Red Devils and Warriors both have quarterfinal home games.

Marion-Franklin plays host to Beechcroft on Friday in a matchup of the fourth and fifth seeds. Eastmoor is the fourth seed and plays host to No. 5 Germantown Valley View in a regional quarterfinal 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.

Independence knows it must play better than it did last FridayÊin its return to the postseason after a five-year absence when it travels Friday to Louisville.

Last Friday in a 48-16 loss to Walnut Ridge, Devin Clodfelter ran for 278 yards on 38 carries to close the regular season with 2,140 yards and 15 touchdowns. The 76ers, however, committed four turnovers and allowed 367 yards of offense to the Scots, including 276 rushing to Brandon Rice.

Louisville, which lost to Cincinnati Anderson 31-25 in the Division II state final a year ago, improved to 10-0 with a 27-0 win last Friday over Minerva.

Along the way, the Leopards beat five teams which qualified for the playoffs and two others that finished at least 10th in their region.

Led by senior quarterback Neal Seaman (6-foot-2, 200), Louisville runs a spread offense. Seaman has passed for 1,633 yards and 13 touchdowns. Bob Swigert (40 catches for 533 yards, 4 touchdowns), Brandon Mathie (41 catches for 511 yards, 7 touchdowns) and Tyler Jones (28 catches for 319 yards, 2 touchdowns) are his favorite targets.

"They're going to run a spread offense and run precise patterns," coach Alan Jones said. "They throw the ball well. I just look for them to not make many mistakes. I doubt if we'll take a large contingent (of fans) there, but the whole year it's been Independence against the world.

"We took one on the chin from Walnut Ridge. They're a good team, but on the other hand, when you look at the turnovers issue, plus our special teams played horrible, we justÊneed to work on those things. I think field position will be crucial."

•STARS WIN VOLLEYBALL TITLE -- Centennial captured its eighth consecutive City League championship Oct. 21 when it beat Marion-Franklin 25-22, 25-14, 25-22.

The Stars finished 10-13 overall, including 7-0 in the City-North ahead of Northland (6-1), Linden (5-2), Mifflin (4-3), Whetstone (3-4), Brookhaven (2-5), Beechcroft (1-6) and East (0-7). Marion-Franklin went 5-0 to win the City-South, ahead of Independence and Briggs (3-2), Eastmoor (2-3), West (2-3) and Walnut Ridge (0-5).

Centennial loses just two seniors in Lauren Miller, who made first-team all-district, and Soschia Owens. Junior Kaylynn Cuzzolini also was first-team all-City andÊjunior Abbey Levinsky and sophomore Brianna Slaughter made the second team. Cuzzolini also was honorable mention all-district.

•REESE BACK AT STATE -- Centennial senior Rebekah Reese qualified for the Division II cross country meet for the second consecutive year last Saturday when she finished 11th (19 minutes, 50.06) in the Troy regional behind champion Angela Klimkowski (19:04.5) from West Milton Milton-Union.

Reese will run at 2:05 p.m. Saturday at Scioto Downs as she shoots for a better result in her second state appearance. She finished 73rd (20:22.42) a year ago as Cleveland Heights Beaumont graduate Emily Infeld was first (17:30.91).