By David Fong
MIAMI COUNTY — The Ohio High School Athletic Association won’t officially announce playoff pairings until Sunday afternoon.
Unofficially, however, a pair of potential forfeits by the Dunbar High School football team could have a major impact on the playoff futures of Troy, Piqua and Tippecanoe. According to the website joeeitel.com, Dunbar has been forced to forfeit its final two wins of the season over Cincinnati Taft and Belmont, dropping the Wolverines from 9-1 to 7-3.
According to reports, the forfeits came after the Wolverines allegedly used an ineligible player in those two games.
With a forfeit win over Dunbar, Belmont had enough computer points to leap frog Piqua — which had been No. 8 in the Division III, Region 12 computer points standings — knocking Piqua into the No. 9 spot. The top eight teams in each region make the playoffs.
If the move is made official by the OHSAA, Piqua will be out of the playoffs.
Belmont also jumped ahead of Tippecanoe, which had unofficially been No. 6 in the Region 12 standings. That, coupled with a Saturday win by a Canadian football team, was enough to move Mount Healthy — which had been No. 7 behind Tippecanoe — one spot ahead of the Red Devils.
All of that maneuvering likely has Tippecanoe in the playoffs at No. 8 and heading to No. 1 Franklin in the first round of the playoffs.
Finally, Troy — the No. 1 seed in Division II, Region 8 — had been anticipating a first-round contest against Cincinnati Princeton, which, as of late Friday, appeared to have the No. 8 spot in the region locked up. One of Princeton’s wins, however, had come against Dunbar.
With a win over a 7-3 Dunbar team (as opposed to a 9-1 Dunbar team, which it would have been without the apparent forfeits), Princeton did not have enough computer points to stay in the No. 8 spot. Should the forfeits become official, it now appears Troy will host Cincinnati Anderson, which jumped Princeton into the No. 8 spot in the region, this Friday at Troy Memorial Stadium.
None of these moves will be set in stone until the OHSAA officially releases the playoff pairings Sunday afternoon.
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Troy’s (84) is brought down by a pair of Indians Friday in Piqua.