By David Fong
MIAMI COUNTY — The 2015 Ohio High School Athletic Association playoffs will have a distinct Miami County flair, as six of the 10 county (or area) schools that feature football teams are headed to the postseason.
Four of those six teams will end up facing off against one another, as Tippecanoe will host Piqua in a Division III contest, while Covington will host Lehman in a Division VII playoff encounter. Milton-Union (Division V) and Miami East (Division VI) also will be headed to the playoffs.
The top eight teams in each region qualified for the playoffs. The top four teams in each reach host first-round games. All games in subsequent rounds will be played at neutral sites.
Here’s a look at the six county playoff teams and who they will be playing:
No. 7 Piqua (6-4) at No. 2 Tippecanoe (9-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday
Beginning next year, when Tippecanoe moves from the Central Buckeye Conference to the Greater Western Ohio Conference, the Red Devils and Indians will play on a yearly basis.
Fans will get a sneak preview of future GWOC North battles, however, as the two Miami County schools will meet in a Division III regional quarterfinal contest.
This will be Tippecanoe’s 12th overall appearance in the postseason. The Red Devils most recent appearance in the postseason was last year. Tippecanoe has an overall record of 5-11 in the postseason.
Piqua will be making its 11th trip to the playoffs and its first since 2007. The Indians have a 19-9 record in the playoffs and have been to the Division II state title game twice, winning a Division II state title in 2006.
The winner of this game will play the winner of No. 2 Trotwood-Madison (7-3) vs. No. 6 Celina (7-3) in the regional semifinals.
No. 5 Greeneview (7-3) at No. 4 Milton-Union (6-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday
Milton-Union is making its seventh playoff appearance and its first since 2012. The Bulldogs have an overall playoff record of 5-6.
Greeneview is making its second trip to the playoffs, including a playoff berth last season. Greeneview is 1-1 all-time in the playoffs, reaching the regional semifinals last season.
The winner of this game will play the winner of No. 1 Brookville (10-0) vs. No. 8 Carlisle in the regional semifinals.
No. 8 Miami East (8-2) at No. 1 Marion Local (9-1), 7 p.m. Saturday
Miami East drew, by far, the most difficult assignment of any county team in the playoffs. The Vikings will face off against Marion Local, which has won eight state titles, including four in a row.
The Vikings will be making their sixth overall playoff appearance and their fourth in a row. Miami East has an overall playoff record of 1-5.
Marion Local will be making its 18th playoff appearance. The Flyers have an overall playoff record of 58-9.
The winner of this game will play the winner of No. 4 Cincinnati Country Day (9-1) vs. No. 5 West Liberty-Salem (8-2) in the regional semifinals.
No. 2 Covington (8-2) vs. No. 7 Lehman (6-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday
This will be the 21st time the Buccaneers have played the Cavaliers. Covington holds a 13-8 lead in the series, but the Cavaliers are 3-0 against the Buccaneers in the playoffs, ending Covington’s season in 2007, 2010 and last year.
This will be Covington’s 20th trip to the postseason, the most of any county team. The Buccaneers — who most recently went to the playoffs last season — are 14-19 overall in playoff games.
Lehman will be making its 14th trip to the playoffs, including last year’s most-recent appearance. The Cavaliers are 17-13 in playoff games.
The winner of this game will face the winner of No. 3 Fort Recovery (8-2) vs. No. 6 Miami Valley Christian Academy (8-1) in the regional semifinals.
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