Herald Staff Writer
With the Magics’ 31-7 loss to Aurora, the fight to get into the playoffs will be as exciting as it’s been in quite some time.
The team is now ninth in Region 6, with eight teams getting to play in the first round Friday, Nov. 8.
The loss to Aurora hurt, but it may not keep the Magics out of it, even if the team loses to powerhouse Massillon this week. Amherst Steele sits in the eighth spot, just 0.3429 points ahead of Barberton. The Comets won’t get many points from wins against 0-7 Westlake and 2-5 North Ridgeville before they play undefeated Avon.
There are still a few teams at 10 and below that could sneak in. Padua is 10th, but they have 6-1 Hoban and 6-1 Benedictine on the schedule. Midview is next, but they’d need to beat 6-1 Avon Lake this week to have a chance. North Royalton would need to beat 5-2 Wadsworth and 5-2 Brecksville. Wooster could make things very interesting with a win against undefeated Mansfield this week.
Barberton will need to take care of Tallmadge and Kent to end the season and hope for victories from the teams they beat, especially Revere, Kent and Norton.
The Panthers pulled off the upset against Ravenna last week, 32-27, and at 3-4 they still have a slim chance at the postseason. Norton sits in 10th in Region 10, 1.8286 points behind eighth place River Valley.
Norton obviously has to beat Springfield, Cloverleaf and Field to keep their hopes alive, which would give them an impressive 5-2 record in the conference. They would then need help, with teams like Columbian, River Valley, Revere, Rocky River and Glenville losing one or two of their remaining games. It’s a long shot, but the team’s big win against Ravenna keeps some hope alive.
An 8-2 or 7-3 record may not be what the Magics wanted, but the playoffs are very much in reach. It’s very possible the team will be rooting for Avon to beat Amherst Friday, Nov. 1, then playing at Avon the following week in the playoff opener.
I would rather take the long drive to a cold, windy playoff game off Lake Erie than sit at home, and I’m sure the Magics’ faithful agrees.