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Playoff games move to neutral sites

November 5, 2012
By DANA SULONEN - Tribune Chronicle ( , Underthelights

Seven area teams are left standing, and will now travel to neutral sites to take on their opponents in this week's regional semifinal matchups.

Like the first week of the playoffs, Friday night's games will begin at 7:30 p.m. Playing on Friday are Divisions II, IV and VI. Saturday's will begin at 7 p.m. and include Divisions I, III and V.

After an eventful few days leading up to the game, then a victory over Ashtabula Edgewood on Friday night, the Brookfield Warriors (11-0) have moved on to battle Akron Manchester at Twinsburg Tiger Stadium.

The Warriors' victory on Friday night was the first playoff win for Brookfield since 1994. On the other side of the spectrum, Manchester has been in playoffs each year since 2009 and 10 times since the year 2000. They also made it every year from 1991-1999.

Twelve weeks ago, not many would think the Liberty Leopards would have even sniffed the playoffs. But now in the first week of November, the Leopards are trying to win their second playoff game, and will have quite the task in front of them.

Liberty (9-2) will take on defending Division IV champions, Creston Norwayne. The game will be played at Uniontown Lake Alumni Field.

Wrapping up action on Friday night is two games in Division VI.

After taking down Shadyside by one point last week, the Blue Devils of Western Reserve(9-2) will face No. 1 seed Mogadore (11-0) at Ravenna Gilcrest Field. Youngstown Christian (8-2), which advanced after beating John F. Kennedy, now faces Malvern (10-1). That game will be played at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary John Cistone Field.

Saturday night's action is highlighted by the Hubbard Eagles taking on Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. The Eagles, now 8-3 on the year, have a huge test against the Irish, who are coming off a 49-23 victory over Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin.

The two teams will face off in the closest geographic game for area fans, as it will be played at Austintown Fitch Falcon Stadium.

Coming off a shootout Saturday night, the Ursuline Fighting Irish will advance to take on Cuyahoga Heights at Infocision Field at Copley Stadium. Lastly on Saturday night, Poland takes on Dover at Green Infocision Field.

The winner of this coming weekend's game will move on to the regional finals - again to be played at a neutral site to be determined.



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