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