David Carl Kinder II

Changes announced to OHSAA football playoff format

by David Carl Kinder II on June 6, 2017 at 3:42 pm


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Starting this fall there will be no more Saturday football playoff games through the first four rounds.

“For a few years now we have studied the possibility of moving all playoff games to Friday nights for the first four rounds,” OHSAA Assistant Commissioner Beau Rugg said. “Due to so many more college football games being played on Saturday nights, attendance at our Saturday playoff games has steadily declined, and more potential playoff sites have said they cannot host games on Saturdays. We now have enough playoff sites to handle all the games on one night, and the football coaches association was in support of this change, too, because teams will get to stay on their normal weekly schedule of playing on Friday night.”

The format of the state championship games has also been announced. All seven divisions will play at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton this year. Last year the title games were at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. The championship games will be played from Nov. 30-Dec. 2