The regular season in Ohio high school football has wrapped up, ending in a big Week 10 this past weekend. Week 10 was the final time teams had a chance to improve their resume and maneuver their way into the playoffs. It saw a lot of big time games with huge playoff implications. It also saw some of Ohio’s biggest rivalries including, St. Ignatius versus St. Edward and Canton McKinley versus Massillon Washington. The playoffs are now upon us, but before we get to the playoffs, let’s examine the final week of the 2016 Ohio high school football regular season.
So, what happened in Week 10? Let’s take a look at what went on this week in the high school football season in Northeast Ohio.
Notable Scores from Northeast Ohio
St. Ignatius 34 St. Edward 7
Solon 51 Medina 43
Stow 34 North Royalton 7
Chardon 49 Willoughby South 7
Avon 42 Olmsted Falls 19
Midview 49 North Ridgeville 42
Archbishop Hoban 28 Benedictine 0
Cuyahoga Heights 45 Independence 7
Lorain 14 Cleveland Heights 13
Westlake 63 Berea-Midpark 42
Mentor 56 Elyria 34
Brunswick 31 Strongsville 7
Aurora 49 Tallmadge 0
Copley 37 Bedford 20
Hudson 31 Brecksville 28
St. Vincent-St. Mary 41 Youngstown Ursuline 14
Kirtland 35 Hawken 6
Rootstown 21 Mogadore 14
Massillon Perry 30 Canton GlenOak 24
North Canton Hoover 31 Massillon Jackson 28
Glenville 47 John Marshall 0
Euclid 42 Shaker Heights 26
Massillon Washington 21 Canton McKinley 19
Recap of the Top Matchup of the Week
St. Ignatius beats St. Edward 34-7
St. Ignatius and St. Edward renewed their Holy War rivalry for the 2016 season on Saturday, but matchup was all one-sided. St. Ignatius controlled the entire game, beating St. Edward 34-7 at FirstEnergy Stadium. A huge moment of the game came on the opening series of the game for the Eagles. St. Edward drove all the way down the field, but turned it over on downs, after being unable to get a touchdown on four attempts inside the 10-yard line. That stop seemed to change the rest of the game. Following that drive, the Wildcats dominated the game. St. Ignatius led 20-0 at the half, playing extremely well on both sides of the ball. The St. Ignatius defense almost pitched a shutout, giving up their only score of the game late in the fourth when the Cats first team defense was out of the game. On offense, St. Ignatius was led by running back Mark Bobinski, who rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns. St. Ignatius finished their regular season at 9-1, while St. Edward finished at 7-2. Both teams will enter the playoffs next week.
St. Ignatius cruises past St. Edward 34-7
The best performance of the week was St. Ignatius’ dominant 34-7 win over rival St. Edward. The Wildcats defense was stringent, holding St. Edward to just 165 yards of total offense and just one touchdown, which came late in the fourth when the game was already decided. The St. Ignatius defense allowed just four first downs the entire game and two of those came on the Eagles opening drive that was stopped on a goal line stand. On offense, St. Ignatius rushed for 310 yards as a team. Running back Mark Bobinski led the rushing attack, rushing for 116 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Quarterback Patrick Ryan was a dual threat, throwing for 120 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 91 yards and a touchdown. The Wildcats completed controlled the game on both sides of the ball.
Rootstown upsets Mogadore 21-14
The biggest surprise of the week came in Rootstown’s 21-14 upset victory over Mogadore. Coming into the game, Mogadore was 8-1 on the season, while Rootstown was 5-4. Mogadore was 3-1 in the Portage Trail Conference, while Rootstown was struggling in the conference at just 1-3. Rootstown had not beaten Mogadore since 1993. But, Rootstown was able to take down Mogadore and complete the big upset.
Best Individual Performance
RB Thomas Wilks, Solon
Solon running back Thomas Wilks had the best individual performance of the week, helping his Comets take down Medina, 51-43. On the day, Wilks rushed for 251 yards and six touchdowns. He had long touchdown runs of 41, 49 and 54 yards. Solon needed all of Wilks’ touchdowns to outlast Medina.
Final Regular Season Top 10
- Medina (8-2)
Last Week Ranking: 10
Past Week: Loss vs. Solon 51-43
Next Week: @ Toledo Whitmer on Friday
Medina finished their regular season with a tough loss to the Solon. But, Medina still made the playoffs in Division I, earning the fifth seed in Region 2 and playing Toledo Whitmer.
- Cuyahoga Heights (10-0)
Last Week Ranking: 9
Past Week: Win vs. Independence 45-7
Next Week: vs. Hillsdale on Friday
Cuyahoga Heights completed their perfect regular season, beating Independence, 45-7, in impressive fashion. Cuyahoga Heights earned the No. 1 playoff seed in Division VI, Region 21, lining them up to play Hillsdale in the first round.
- Chardon (10-0)
Last Week Ranking: 8
Past Week: Win @ Willoughby South 49-7
Next Week: vs. Bedford on Friday
Chardon beat Willoughby South this past weekend, giving them an undefeated regular season. Chardon will be the No. 2 playoff seed in Division II, Region 5, playing Bedford in the first round.
- Midview (9-1)
Last Week Ranking: 7
Past Week: Win @ North Ridgeville 49-42
Next Week: vs. Olmsted Falls on Friday
Midview finished off their season with a victory over North Ridgeville, completing their regular season with a 9-1 record. The Middies earned the No. 3 playoff seed in Division II, Region 6, playing Olmsted Falls in the first round.
- St. Edward (7-2)
Past Week: Loss @ St. Ignatius 34-7
Next Week: vs. Euclid on Friday
St. Edward ended their season with a tough, losing to rival St. Ignatius and ending their regular season with a 7-2 record. The Eagles will be the No. 2 playoff seed in Division I, Region 1 and will play Euclid in the first round.
- Avon (10-0)
Last Week Ranking: 6
Past Week: Win vs. Olmsted Falls 42-19
Next Week: vs. Avon Lake on Friday
Avon finished off their unbeaten season, beating Olmsted Falls, 42-19, in the final week. The Eagles are the No. 1 playoff seed in Division II, Region 6 and will play Avon Lake in the first round.
- Solon (9-1)
Last Week Ranking: 5
Past Week: Win @ Medina 51-43
Next Week: vs. Canton GlenOak on Friday
Solon ended their season with a 9-1 record, beating Medina this past weekend to give them their ninth win. The Comets are the No. 1 playoff seed in Division I, Region 1, giving them a matchup versus Canton GlenOak in the first round.
- Stow (9-1)
Last Week Ranking: 4
Past Week: Win @ North Royalton 34-7
Next Week: vs. Canton McKinley on Friday
Stow beat North Royalton in Week 10 to finish their regular season with a 9-1 record. Stow earned the No. 3 playoff seed in Division I, Region 1 and will play Canton McKinley in the first round.
- St. Ignatius (9-1)
Last Week Ranking: 2
Past Week: Win vs. St. Edward 34-7
Next Week: vs. Massillon Jackson on Friday
St. Ignatius ended their season with a bang, beating rival St. Edward and completing the regular season at 9-1. The Wildcats get the No. 4 playoff seed in Division I, Region 1 and will play Massillon Jackson in the first round.
- Archbishop Hoban (9-1)
Last Week Ranking: 1
Past Week: Win vs. Benedictine 28-0
Next Week: vs. Howland on Saturday
Archbishop Hoban finish the season as my No. 1 team, after beating Benedictine in Week 10 and completing the season with a 9-1 record. Hoban earned the No. 2 playoff seed in Division III, Region 9 and will play Howland in the first round.
5 Big Game Picks for Week 1 of the Playoffs
St. Ignatius over Massillon Jackson
St. Edward over Euclid
Stow over Canton McKinley
Hudson over Copley
Chardon over Bedford
2016 Playoff Brackets
Here are the 2016 playoff brackets for Division I, Division II, Division III, Division IV, Division V, Division VI and Division VII.
All stats come from Cleveland.com or noted otherwise