(1) St. Ignatius (10-1) 24, (8) Massillon Perry (9-2) 7
The Panthers played tough, leading 7-3 at halftime. But the top-seeded Wildcats proved to be just too much, as senior quarterback Daniel Alexander threw for 2 touchdown passes. St. Ignatius will take on fourth-seeded Euclid in the second round, whom they beat 34-20 back in week three.
(2) St. Edward (10-1) 37, (7) Canton McKinley (8-3) 21
Like their fellow Catholic school rivals, the Eagles actually trailed at halftime thanks to a Micha Clemson fumble return for a touchdown. In the second half, though, the offense exploded for 27 points thanks to 3 Garrett Dzuro touchdown passes (2 of them to Quintel Kent). St. Edward will take on Mentor next week after the Cardinals took care of Stow-Munroe Falls.
(4) Brush (9-2) 26, (5) Hudson (7-4) 20 - OT
The Arcs fell behind by eight after a blocked punt led to an Explorers touchdown. However, a late field goal attempt by Hudson was blocked, and on the ensuing drive, running back Godwin Joe scored his 3rd touchdown of the night to tie the game with the two-point conversion. In overtime, Hudson kicker Grant Gonya's 47-yard attempt sailed wide, and Joe later took it in for his 4th TD to earn Brush a date with a powerful Archbishop Hoban team.
(3) Bedford (10-1) 30, (6) Eastlake North (6-5) 22
In their first ever playoff game, the Rangers fought back from 22-0 down to tie the game at 22 on a Jake Tanski keeper with 4:02 to play. But as he has done all season, star running back Kenny Wilkins put the Bearcats on his back and scored from 10 yards out with only 41 seconds left. While North had a chance to tie it again, a late interception sealed the deal, sending Bedford to the second round against unbeaten Barberton.
(3) Olmsted Falls (10-1) 26, (6) Midview (8-3) 23
In a matchup of Southwestern Conference foes, the Middies overcame a 20-10 deficit and took a three-point lead on a 64-yard touchdown run by Ben Gendics with 2 minutes left. However, the Bulldogs decided to use some trickery: a 60-yard halfback pass from Jack Spellacy to Branden Galaska put Falls back up 26-23, and the defense held from there.
(2) Wadsworth (11-0) 61, (7) Sylvania Northview (8-3) 42
In an offensive shootout, this game was all about Wadsworth's Mitch Blackburn: The senior caught 5 touchdown passes from quarterback Joey Baughman. Running back Brock Snowball added 3 TDs of his own. The Grizzlies will take on Olmsted Falls next week.
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