As much as Jeff Stevenson pleaded against it, the ThisWeekSPORTS.com Predictions Panel will proceed with the playoffs. As the regular season ends, Stevenson leads Scott Gerfen by two games and Frank DiRenna by three. Just like the teams we cover, a strong regular season can put you in position for postseason success. But you can’t rest on regular-season accomplishments, so on to the playoffs we go.

Last week, we had six Lone Wolf picks, and Neil Thompson was the only winner, taking Newark to earn its first victory of the season with a home win over Franklin Heights. For the season, the staff is 4-18 on such picks. We have three more Lone Wolf picks to open the playoffs, with Jarrod Ulrey taking Centennial over Jackson, Scott Hennen picking Grandview over Paint Valley and DiRenna taking Westerville Central to exact some revenge for a regular-season loss to Olentangy Liberty.

Week 10 also was another in which the entire staff missed on a unanimous pick as New Albany defeated Groveport. We have seven more unanimous picks this week.

Enjoy the first week of the playoffs!

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Springboro (9-1) at Dublin Jerome (8-2)

Panthers: Blackledge, Dolan, Frantz, Gerfen, Hummel

Celtics: Baker, Cochran, DiRenna, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Thompson, Ulrey

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Westerville Central (7-3) at Olentangy Liberty (9-1)

Warhawks: DiRenna

Patriots: Baker, Blackledge, Cochran, Dolan, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Hummel, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Thompson, Ulrey

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Pickerington North (6-4) at Olentangy Orange (9-1)

Panthers: Baker, Cochran, DiRenna, Hulkenberg, Thompson

Pioneers: Blackledge, Dolan, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Hummel, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Ulrey

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Hilliard Davidson (7-3) at Groveport (8-2)

Wildcats: Baker, DiRenna, Dolan, Frantz, Hennen, Hummel, Resnik, Thompson, Ulrey

Cruisers: Blackledge, Cochran, Gerfen, Hulkenberg, Stevenson, Purpura

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Olentangy (5-5) at Troy (8-2)

Braves: Baker, Dolan, Frantz, Gerfen, Hulkenberg, Hummel, Purpura, Thompson

Trojans: Blackledge, Cochran, DiRenna, Hennen, Resnik, Stevenson, Ulrey

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Westerville South (6-4) at Toledo St. John’s (7-3)

Wildcats: Baker, DiRenna, Frantz, Ulrey

Titans: Blackledge, Cochran, Dolan, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Hummel, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Thompson

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DeSales (8-2) at Cincinnati Turpin (10-0)

Stallions: Baker, Blackledge, Cochran, DiRenna, Dolan, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Resnik, Stevenson, Thompson, Ulrey

Spartans: Frantz, Hummel, Purpura

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Canal Winchester (9-1) at Harrison (9-1)

Indians: DiRenna, Purpura, Thompson, Ulrey

Wildcats: Baker, Blackledge, Cochran, Dolan, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Hummel, Resnik, Stevenson

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Walnut Ridge (10-0) at Xenia (9-1)

Scots: Baker, Blackledge, Cochran, DiRenna, Dolan, Gerfen, Hulkenberg, Hummel, Resnik, Stevenson, Thompson, Ulrey

Buccaneers: Frantz, Hennen, Purpura

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Centennial (9-1) at Jackson (10-0)

Stars: Ulrey

Ironmen: Baker, Blackledge, Cochran, DiRenna, Dolan, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Hummel, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Thompson

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Columbus Academy (7-3) at Amanda-Clearcreek (8-2)

Vikings: DiRenna, Dolan, Hummel, Resnik, Thompson, Ulrey

Aces: Baker, Blackledge, Cochran, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Purpura, Stevenson

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Grandview (6-4) at Bainbridge Paint Valley (8-2)

Bobcats: Hennen

Bearcats: Baker, Blackledge, Cochran, DiRenna, Dolan, Frantz, Gerfen, Hulkenberg, Hummel, Resnik, Purpura, Stevenson, Thompson, Ulrey

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Worthington Christian (8-2) at Covington (8-2)

Warriors: Baker, Cochran, DiRenna, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Ulrey

Bucs: Blackledge, Dolan, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Hummel, Thompson

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Marion-Franklin (7-3) at Licking Valley (10-0)

Red Devils:

Panthers: Unanimous pick

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Olentangy Berlin (6-4) at Anthony Wayne (10-0)

Bears:

Generals: Unanimous pick

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Reynoldsburg (7-3) at Pickerington Central (9-1)

Raiders:

Tigers: Unanimous pick

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Marysville (6-4) at Springfield (9-1)

Monarchs:

Wildcats: Unanimous pick

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Perrysburg (8-2) at Dublin Coffman (8-2)

Yellow Jackets:

Shamrocks: Unanimous pick

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London (8-2) at Hartley (9-1)

Red Raiders:

Hawks: Unanimous pick

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Fisher Catholic (6-4) at Harvest Prep (9-1)

Irish:

Warriors: Unanimous pick

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Standings

Jeff Stevenson: 10-5 last week, 108-42 overall

Scott Gerfen: 11-4, 106-44

Frank DiRenna: 10-5, 105-45

Steve Blackledge: 10-5, 103-47

John Hulkenberg: 11-4, 103-47

Eric Frantz: 11-4, 102-48

Patrick Dolan: 10-5, 101-49

Jarrod Ulrey: 11-4, 100-50

Andy Resnik: 10-5, 100-50

Scott Hennen: 10-5, 98-52

Lee Cochran: 9-6, 97-53

Dave Purpura: 8-7, 95-55

Ryan Baker: 10-5, 94-56

Scott Hummel: 12-3 91-59

Neil Thompson: 11-4, 89-61

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