2018-06-13 / Sports

Football Playoffs Return To Fridays And Saturdays

The Ohio High School Athletic Association will return to using Saturday nights for several divisions during the playoffs, and the 2018 title games will return to Canton.

The OHSAA Board of Directors approved school playoff regional assignments and the playoff schedule last week.

In November, playoff games in Divisions I, II, III and VI will be played on Fridays, while Division IV, V and VII playoff games will be played on Saturdays.

Last year, the OHSAA experimented with having all playoff games on Friday nights during the first four rounds.

In addition, all playoff games will kick off at 7 pm. Previously, Friday playoff games kicked off at 7:30 pm.

Archbold is in Div. V, Region 18.

“We still have good attendance throughout the playoffs, but the overall total attendance dropped in 2017 when we moved all the games to Fridays,” said Beau Rugg, OHSAA Director of Officiating and Sport Management and the OHSAA football administrator.

“Some parts of the state liked staying away from Saturdays for playoff games, but we also received quite a bit of feedback, mainly from the smaller schools, that they hoped we would return to having games on Saturdays, too, so their communities could see two games per weekend instead of one.”

The specific dates and times for the state championship games in Canton will be announced after the state semifinals Nov. 23-24.

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