District 10 football teams have stepped up their non-region schedules recently. Several out-of-state opponents are making runs at their respective state titles. Cathedral Prep opponent Aquinas Institute (N.Y.) recently had its run end in the Class AA quarterfinals. Class AA is the largest classification in New York.
Shifting over to Ohio, McDowell opponents St. Edward and Mentor played an instant classic on Saturday in the Division I playoffs. Mentor upset top-seeded St. Edward 63-56 in the regional semifinals. Each of the six classes in Ohio has four eight-team regions. The champion of each region makes the state semifinals. Mentor will now travel to Byers Field in Parma to take on St. Ignatius Saturday for the region championship. St. Ignatius, which also played McDowell this year as well as Strong Vincent, pounded North Royalton 56-0 in the region semifinals.
In Division III action, Central Tech opponent Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin was upset by St. Vincent-St. Mary out of Akron, which is the alma mater of LeBron James, 49-23 in the region quarterfinals.
Shifting to Division V, Ursuline out of Youngstown is making a run. Ursuline, who Prep and Vincent played this season, has put together two upsets to make the region championship. Ursuline will take on top-seeded Kirtland Saturday at 7 p.m. at Aurora High School.
One of the more intriguing D-10 opponents could be Lancaster Catholic, which is in the District 3 quarterfinals. McDowell beat the Crusaders 49-20 in Week 3. If Lancaster Catholic wins D-3, they could end up playing Prep in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs. The Crusaders host Cocalico Friday at 7 p.m. A win could set up a showdown with powerhouse Bishop McDevitt in the D-3 semifinals.