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Most of the District 10 football field is announced

Most of the District 10 football playoff field was announced Saturday, with one big surprise. D-10 has decided to go to a six-team field in Class AA, eliminating Harbor Creek from playoff consideration. The D-10 committee announced the field as Wilmington, Hickory and Greenville from Region 3 and North East, General McLane and Northwestern from Region 4. Wilmington and North East likely will receive first-round byes as the Region 3 and 4 champions. That leaves General McLane to take on Greenville, and Hickory matching up with Northwestern.

In Class AAA, D-10 is going with a six-team field, consisting of Grove City, Slippery Rock, Meadville, Corry, Cathedral Prep and East. Grove City likely will receive a bye as the Region 5 champion, with the winner of Friday’s Prep-East showdown receiving the other first-round bye. The Class AAA field is not balanced between Regions 5 and 6, but there are no Class AAA D-10 teams with a chance to finish above .500 in Region 6. Corry is 5-4 and will finish with at least a .500 record, putting them into the postseason. Corry is the low seed and will probably have to take on the loser of the Prep-East game in the first round, while Meadville and Slippery Rock are on track to face off. Slippery Rock beat Meadville 25-18 in overtime earlier this season.

Class A is the only field not set, with one week left to play. Sharpsville, Mercer, Youngsville, Mercyhurst Prep and Saegertown are in the eight-team field. West Middlesex, Farrell, Linesville, Cambridge Springs and Iroquois all have a chance at the final three spots. Cambridge Springs and Iroquois meet on Friday, with the winner likely grabbing the final spot from Region 2. West Middlesex (4-2 Region 1) has a tough game against Mercer, while Linesville (3-3) takes on Sharpsville. Farrell (4-3) is done with its region schedule and will wait to see what happens.

West Middlesex can get into the playoffs with a win, while Linesville has to win to force a tiebreaker with Farrell. The Lions beat the Steelers 37-36 earlier this season. If Linesville wins and Middlesex loses, the two teams would tie with Farrell for third place, leaving it up to the D-10 committee as to which teams get into the postseason.

The full brackets, with sites and times, are expected to be out Saturday.

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football

13 Responses to Most of the District 10 football field is announced

  1. Curious Fan says:

    Why Northwestern over Harborcreek?

  2. Tom Reisenweber says:

    Northwestern beat Harbor Creek this season.

    Thanks,
    Tom

  3. Curious Fan says:

    Thank you, I assumed the first tiebreaker was overall record.

  4. Renee says:

    Ok, so who decided in the eleventh hour that only 6 teams would be taken instead of 8?

  5. Tom Reisenweber says:

    The District 10 Committee makes all playoff decisions.

    Thanks,
    Tom Reisenweber

  6. Renee says:

    Well then, maybe you can answer this question. When is the decision made how many teams to take?

  7. Tom Reisenweber says:

    Renee,
    The tournament information is posted before the season begins on the District 10 site at http://www.piaadistrict10.org. They listed eight teams in Class AA but decided last week to go to six. Not sure who you would want to ask but all of the contact info for the D-10 Committee members are on that site.

    Hope this helps,
    Tom

  8. Renee says:

    Thanks Tom! That’s what I thought. Seems to me you shouldn’t be able to change ships midstream. Pretty low.

  9. Tom Reisenweber says:

    It is unfortunate Harbor Creek is penalized for there not being another worthy team in Region 3.

    Thanks,
    Tom

  10. Renee says:

    Yes it is. My next question is what determines a team to be ‘worthy’? I didn’t see any specifics on the website information section.

  11. Tom Reisenweber says:

    Renee,
    The general thought is being a .500 team. Aside from the three teams in the playoffs from Region 3, no other team will be close to .500 this season.

    Thanks,
    Tom

  12. Renee says:

    Tom, Thank you for taking the time to reply. In your opinion, do you think this was handled in a fair manner?

  13. Tom Reisenweber says:

    I don’t think it is fair that they reduced the field without first warning everyone. Usually, D-10 puts on their site enough wiggle room to let this happen. For example, the Class AAA field says 6-8 teams. That leaves them some room to take 6 or 8 and not commit. I don’t think they ever saw such a down year coming for D-10 Class AA. The fact there are only seven teams near .500 is surprising to me.

    I think it is unfortunate Harbor Creek is left out at probably 7-3 this season. On the flip side, I think most players and coaches from HC will tell you that they could see it coming after losing to Northwestern. If D-10 had set the field at 6-8 teams instead of in stone at 8, I think fewer people would be upset about it.

    Although it is really unfortunate for the Huskies, taking six teams is probably the fair thing to do. It just could have been handled better.

    Thanks,
    Tom

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