Monday, March 27, 2023

13 CVC football teams earn postseason berth

The OHSAA on Sunday released the final high school football computer rankings confirming the fact 13 Chagrin Valley Conference teams are headed to the playoffs.

Leading the way was Kirtland, which finished the regular season 10-0 to earn the No. 1 seed in the Division VI, Region 21 playoffs. The Hornets will host another CVC team in No. 16 Independence. The Blue Devils needed a Warrensville Heights win over Cleveland Central Catholic on Saturday to squeeze into the 16th seed over Crestview, who was rooting for Central Catholic to win that game.

Perry earned the No. 3 seed in the Division V, Region 17 bracket. The 8-2 Pirates will host No. 14 Wooster Triway (4-6) in the first round.

Cuyahoga Heights earned the sixth seed in Region 21. The Red Wolves (7-2) will host No. 11 Cardinal (5-5) on Friday in a rematch of a Week 9 game at Heights the Huskies won, 16-10.

Berkshire drew the No. 7 seed in Division V, Region 17. The Badgers (7-3) will host No. 10 West Lafayette Ridgewood (7-3) in the first round.

Lutheran West is the only other CVC team to earn a home game in the first round of the playoffs. The Longhorns (9-1) earned the No. 8 seed in Division III, Region 9 and will host No. 9 Toledo Scott (8-2).

All of the CVC football playoff teams are listed below along with their first-round matchups.

Division II, Region 5

  • 15 Lakeside (6-4) at 2 Riverside (9-1)

Division III, Region 9

  • 9 Geneva (7-3) at 8 Gilmour Academy (8-1)
  • 14 Hawken (8-2) at 3 Youngstown Ursuline (8-2)
  • 9 Toledo Scott (8-2) at 8 Lutheran West (9-1)

Division IV, Region 13

  • 9 Edgewood (6-4) at 8 Struthers (6-4)

Division V, Region 17

  • 14 Wooster Triway (4-6) at 3 Perry (8-2)
  • 10 West Lafayette Ridgewood (7-3) at 7 Berkshire (7-3)

Division IV, Region 21

  • 16 Independence (4-6) at 1 Kirtland (10-0)
  • 11 Cardinal (5-5) at 6 Cuyahoga Heights (7-2)
  • 14 Trinity (4-6) at 3 Youngstown Valley Christian School (9-0)



Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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