The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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October 15, 2012

Eight is enough for Falcons

Believe it or not, only three weeks remain before the 2012 high school football playoffs start.

And while the Ohio High School Athletic Association will not release its weekly computer ratings until Wednesday’s edition, thanks to Joe Eitel, Ohio’s guru in regards to the computer-point system, we know Jefferson would be the lone area team in the postseason, if it were to kick off today.

According to Eitel, coach Jimmy Henson’s 6-2 Falcons remain in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Division III, Region 9 ratings headed into Week 9.

Meaning if the playoffs were indeed tipping off this week, Jefferson would play at regional-quarterfinal clash at top-rated Niles McKinley (7-1).

The top eight teams in each of the Buckeye State’s 24 regions, carved into six divisions, earn playoff spots. The highest-rated team in each region receives the right to host a first-round matchup, if the school’s facilities are deemed worthy.

Interestingly, in the hypothetical Jefferson-Niles McKlinley matchup, there are two common opponents — Lisbon Beaver and Liberty.

Both the Falcons and the Dragons defeated Beaver, Jefferson winning in Week 3, 7-0, and Niles prevailing in Week 5, 43-23.

While Jefferson fell at Liberty in Week 5, 47-32, Niles McKinley handed Liberty its only defeat of the season in Week 2, 12-6.

Here’s how Eitel has all 10 area teams standing headed into Week 9 of the 2012 season:

Division I, Region 1 (32 teams) — 15, RIverside (6-2).

Division II, Region 5 (28 teams) — 10, Madison (5-3); 22, Lakeside (1-7); 23, Geneva (2-6).

Division III, Region 9 (30 teams) — 8, Jefferson (6-2); T29, Conneaut (0-8), with Sheffield Brookside (0-8).

Division IV, Region 13 (32 teams) — 13, Edgewood (4-3 in games counted for computer ratings, 5-3 overall, with its 23-12 win against the visiting Cleveland Knights not being factored in because the Knights are a club team); 17, Grand Valley (5-3); 21, Perry (3-5); 26, Pymatuning Valley (2-6).

There are no area teams in Division V nor Division VI.

Our own resident expert, Slingin’ Steve Goldman, will have his weekly column that examines the chances of the area teams more closely later this week.

For all of Eitel’s information, visit his website at www.joeeitel.com.

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